Nico Huijbregts

Falsche Tango

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This short record (33 minutes) features four small-scale pieces by Dutch composer Nico Huijbregts. The main inspiration for this program is tango, whose rhythms, sounds, and atmosphere permeate the original compositions, even the solo harmonium piece "Sisyphos," whose melody-over-drone structure and lyrical melodicism are strongly reminiscent of a bandoneon. The title work features Duo Mares (Esra Pehlivanli on viola and Marko Kassl on accordion) in a skillful deconstruction of tango -- a dizzying piece. "Herbie Rides Again" for flute, alto sax, and piano opens the album in a cerebral way, although Huijbregts manages to make the instruments dance throughout his score. The only piece that sits less well with the other ones is the piano solo "Dancing the Night Away" -- though it is dedicated to Fred Astaire and fits the general theme of dance, it doesn't quite take off, its spurts of notes never coalescing into something tangible. That piece apart, and despite the shortness of this CD, Falsche Tango is a fine offering and worth chasing after for "Sisyphos" alone.

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