For sometimes, there has been “libertango” in search terms that brought some to this blog (and thus increased page visit, thank you). In a way, it made me feel bad about this blog for there’s nothing on it except a mention in anticipating Beethoven Virus (in which I mispelled the maestro’s name! shame on me!) and the by-now-defunct sonific playlist.
There are a lot of renditions of Libertango, in various styles, for it’s Mr. Piazzolla’s most popular piece, I think. The Bond girls, Al di Meola, Yo Yo Ma, Carribbean Jazz Projects, Paquito d’Rivera, Michel Camillo, Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker, and more have at least had one. But of course, first and foremost, one needs to listen to the maestro in action himself, which one should’ve found on first page when googling for “libertango.” There’s also one by Astorpia Tango Quintet, a quintet that was set up by Mr. Piazzolla.
And if one is dilligent enough, there are a lot one can find over the internet, a mental exercise that might benefit one in reducing the risk of dementia.
One can go to dogpile —used to just tweak the links to get beyond second page of the result, but looks like dogpile had that worked out— or social networks that feature file sharing services. There are also free music repositories, such as Classiccat.com.
Another that I’ve been listening to lately is one by Pablo Ziegler (piano), Quique Sinesi (guitas), and Walter Castro (bandoneon), in “Buenos Aires Report,” a recording of their live performance at Bimhuis Amsterdam in 2006. The album’s rendition of Libertango is one of the longest (11:32). It feels like a journey, a closer look to the subtle details of its building blocks and potentials.
Once a member of Piazzolla’s second quintet, Ziegler has been dubbed as the one on “whose shoulders Piazzolla’s mantle rests” as the leading proponent of Nuevo Tango. Buenos Aires Report shows once again, after “Bajo Cero” (also with Sinesi and Castro), a strong vision on Nuevo Tango set by the maestro that continues to evolve in Pablo Ziegler’s capable hand. The other tracks, including original pieces by Ziegler and Sinesi, are equally mesmerizing and make one grateful to have encountered and experienced the album.
I happened to find “Buenos Aires Report” available at last.fm. Listen to it and get the album, you won’t regret it.
You will regret it if you don’t get it.
And talking about last.fm collection (and collectibles, if one has the right tools) of Libertango and Piazzolla, I found Yuri Medianik‘s “Recollections of Piazzolla.” That’s another one nice feast. I think it can also serve as a nice introduction to other Piazzolla’s works, such as The Seasons Suite (Primavera portena, Verano porteno, Otono porteno, and Invierno porteno), Michaelangelo, and one of my favourites: Concerto para quinteto.
Hope this helps anyone who stumbles on this blog upon searching for “Libertango,” and may your brain power last for long…