Famous Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla is a revolutionary of traditional tango music. Combining elements of jazz and classical music with tango, he created the so-called “new tango” (tango nuevo). In the hands of the bandoneon virtuoso, this genre, previously seen as dance music only, has metamorphosed into sensual music that has stepped on the concert podium. Piazzolla’s original voice cannot be confused with the music of any other composer. His distinctive tango melodies and temperamental rhythms are recognizable due to passionate element, love, frustration and hope, longing and dreams.
The famous Greek saxophonist Theodore Kerkezos selected Piazzolla’s works, arranged them for the saxophone quartet and orchestra, and combined into Tango Suite. It consists of the composer’s six most popular tangos: Preludio, Fuga y Misterio, Fugata, Milonga del Angel, Adiós Nonino and Libertango. The suite showcases all the features of the tango nuevo style; the music is filled with sensuality, nostalgia and passion.
The expressive work is performed by the internationally acclaimed, fiery Signum Saxophone Quartet from Germany, and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by maestro Modestas Barkauskas.
P. S. The recording also features the encore – Piazzolla’s Four for Tango.
ORCHESTRA: LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIGNUM SAXOPHONE QUARTET
CONDUCTOR: MODESTAS BARKAUSKAS