This is one of Piazzolla‘s most traditional tangos, less jazzy and Bartókian than his other widely circulated compositions, yet it also has a harmonic sophistication and whispered sadness owing much to Antonio Carlos Jobim. – All Music Guide
Our newest Video of the Week features a popular tango somewhat incongruously brought to life in the French countryside. Astor Piazzolla‘s Oblivion was originally part of a soundtrack the Argentinian composer wrote for Italian director Marco Bellochio’s film Henry IV, the Mad King, Based on a classic play by the same name by Luigi Pirandello here’s your plot synopsis: “A mad Italian aristocrat who has spent 20 years believing he’s the medieval French King Henry IV, and has been surrounded by sycophants willing to play along. Now a doctor and his ex-lover try to `cure’ him, leading to some interesting and unexpected
Despite a critically-acclaimed leading performance by Marcello Mastroianni, the 1984 film has now been consigned to, umm….oblivion, but the Piazzolla piece lives on in dozens of versions, including for string orchestra, klezmer clarinet, saxophone quartet, and…piano trio, as a packed house for a Heifetz Institute “Celebrity Series” concert heard in July, courtesy of violinist Bela Horvath, violist Matt Cohen, and pianist Zhenni Li.
And there’s another version of Oblivion on the way for our first Heifetz On Tour of the season! Matt and Zhenni will be joining violinist Melody Yuan and cellist Noémie Raymond-Friset for our “Fall Colors” tour with concerts, master classes, and residencies in New Hampshire, Maine, and Philadelphia Oct. 20 – 26, with a Piazzolla piano-quartet arrangement a proud part of the music mix. Read all about the tour here!
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