18.06 FRIDAY 9:00pm

Piazzolla 100

Centenary of birth of Astor Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1982)
        Verano Porteño
        Adiós Nonino (arr. Marcelo Nisinman)
        Otoño Porteño 
        Jeanne y Paul (arr. Marcelo Nisinman)
        Invierno Porteño
        Michelangelo 70 
        Oblivion (arr. Marcelo Nisinman)
        Primavera Porteña
::Programme Notes::
The ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ date from the same time as ‘Maria de Buenos Aires’: ‘Summer’, the firstly composed of the four, was written in 1965, and the other three date from 1969-70. So we might say that, whereas ‘Maria’ is an intimate portrait of the city, with just as much a portion of mythologization, the ‘Four Seasons’ are of a more realistic assortment, drawing more on the colours, sounds, atmosphere and variedly bustling life of the city according to certain defining features of the weather typical to each season. But, evidently, Piazzolla never ceases to be Piazzolla and every ‘tableau’ eventually closes in on tango-life and tango-activity and how these are also related to the different seasons. Piazzolla writing ‘programme music’? No doubt, but his is a very abstract sort of ‘programme’! The premiere of ‘Four Seasons’ took place at Buenos Aires’s Teatro Regina, on May 19, 1970. Among the other six pieces on the program, we’ll be hearing three of them in arrangements by composer and bandoneon virtuoso Marcelo Nisinman: the legendary ‘Adiós Nonino’, plus ‘Jeanne y Paul’ (which owes its name to the fact that it was due to feature in Bertolucci’s notorious ‘Last tango in Paris’, although it never made it into the movie) and ‘Oblivion’ (another created-for-soundtrack-piece, this time to a Marco Bellocchio drama film). ‘Michelangelo ‘70’ is a 1986 piece from his ‘Tango: Zero Hour’ album, whereas ‘Escualo’ and ‘Kicho’ are ‘homages’ of Piazzolla’s to particular musicians in his ensembles: ‘Escualo’ is dedicated to violinist Fernando Suárez Paz (who passed away last September) and ‘Kicho’ to doublebassist Enrique ‘Kicho’ Diaz (1918-92).
Bernardo Mariano