This concert, recorded in a studio with a live audience in October 1984, is a delight. The program is great fun, containing for example "Caliente," a tune that ranges from the bright to the crepuscular, and which is given a lyrical performance, especially by violinist Fernando Suarez Paz. Piazzolla, no doubt keeping in mind that he is in Europe, opens "Decarisimo" with a charming solo in the style of a musette. And, demonstrating that it is possible to tell a musical joke, there is Piazzolla's conclusion to "Invierno Porteño," written in the form of three parts on a ground, therefore sounding just like Pachabel's Canon! The only blemish is that the recording's length, at just over 42 minutes, is too short for a compact disc. However, the liner notes contain a good history of Piazzolla's career and the New Tango. Truly, this is an album for tango sophisticates everywhere.
The Vienna Concert Review
by Kurt Keefner