Astor Piazzolla

La muerte del ángel, tango (from Ángel series)

    Description by James Reel

    This is the climactic piece Piazzolla provided for his incidental music to the 1962 Alberto Rodriguez Muñoz play Tango del ángel, in which an angel heals the spirits of the residents of a shabby Buenos Aires neighborhood, but is ultimately killed in that most Argentine of pastimes, a knife fight. Death of the Angel later found its way into at least two suites of Piazzolla's Angel-related music. Piazzolla performed and recorded the piece on many occasions, usually as a companion to Milonga del ángel, from the same source. This begins as a remarkable three-voice fugue, slicing out from a fast, jagged theme passed dissonantly among the instruments of the standard Piazzolla quintet (bandoneón, violin, piano, and acoustic and electric bass). The fugue pulls up short, though, for a central bandoneón-dominated section that is simultaneously sentimental and unsettled. The fugue theme then resumes, although it is no longer treated contrapuntally, and ends, appropriately, with slashing violin glissandi.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Delos DE 3562
    2018 ABC Classics
    2018 Solo Musica SM 278
    2018 CAvi-music AVI 8553459
    2018 Composers Concordance Recordings COMCON 0043
    2018 Centaur Records CRC 3628
    2017 BIS BIS 2165
    2017 Centaur Records CRC 3593
    2017 Brilliant Classics 95527
    2017 Decca Gold
    2017 Decca Gold 4815791
    2017 Deutsche Grammophon
    2017 Warner Classics 561762
    2017 Warner Classics 561762
    2016 Warner Classics 556481
    2016 Albany Music Distribution / Albany Records TROY 1620
    2016 Genuin GEN 16403
    2016 Sony Classical 88875065292
    2016 Warner Classics 0825646453993
    2015 Ars Produktion ARS 36168
    2015 Harmonia Mundi HMU 907627
    2015 Decca 4811489
    2015 Lawo Classics LAW 1070
    2015 Warner Classics 552773
    2014 Harmonia Mundi HMG 501595
    2014 Ameson AMN 1223
    2014 Es-Dur ES 2032
    2014 Disc Auvers DAV 12
    2014 Naxos / Naxos Books 9781843797708
    2014 Thorofon CTH 2610
    2014 Ars Produktion ARS 38161
    2014 Stradivarius STV 14001
    2013 MondoTunes FAPCD 01
    2013 Naxos 8573166
    2013 Indesens INDE 054
    2013 Thorofon
    2012 ATMA Classique ACD 22675
    2012 Nonesuch 7559798829
    2012 RYCY / RYCY Productions, Inc 1202
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099932787122
    2012 Marisa Luisa Rayan-Forero 5637958844
    2012 Nonesuch 7559796131
    2012 Nonesuch 7559798726
    2012 Alba / Alba Records Oy 199
    2012 Azica Records ACD 71271
    2012 Alto ALC 1149
    2012 Avanticlassic AVASACD 1033
    2011 Transart Live TR 163
    2011 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler CDPH 11002
    2011 Champs Hill Records CHRCD 023
    2011 Opening Day Recordings ODR7396
    2011 Naxos 8572596
    2011 Naxos 8572611
    2011 Summit Records DCD 586
    2010 Naxos 8572331
    2010 Antes Edition / Zebralution
    2010 Chandos 10609
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099969545
    2010 Gall (formerly Gallo) 1301
    2010 89th Street US D5Q10
    2010 Gramola 98873
    2009 ABC Classics 4763389
    2009 Highscore / Zebralution
    2009 Stradivarius 57909
    2009 Nascente NSDCD 009
    2009 Analekta 29857
    2009 Erato / Virgin Classics 5099926729
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099921524
    2008 Warner Bros. / Warner Music 5144238552
    2008 Milan M236346
    2008 Sony Music Entertainment / Sup PID777575
    2008 Thorofon Classics / Zebralution
    2008 Signum UK 140
    2008 Blue Griffin Recording 157
    2008 Albany Music Distribution TROY1052
    2008 Claudine Cheng 4018
    2008 Stradivarius 57906
    2008 Milan / Milan Sur 5046655892
    2008 Agra / Salade Som 810449
    2008 Challenge Classics 72178
    2008 Regis Records 1149
    2008 Challenge Classics 72176
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics / Sony Music Distribution 88697328032
    2008 Cascavelle 5007
    2007 Warner Music
    2007 Dux Records 548
    2007 Columbia / Sony BMG 828767426129
    2007 Digimode Entertainment / Double Pleasure / Saar DP-21523
    2007 Personality 23196
    2007 Eroica Distribution 3188
    2007 Soundset 1023
    2007 Harmonia Mundi 5901595
    2007 Manteca / Union Square Music MANTDBL 514
    2007 Challenge Classics CC 72173
    2007 EMI Music Distribution 5126312
    2006 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0946357030
    2006 Document 205554
    2006 Doron Music 1003
    2006 West End Latina WW 2209
    2006 Klavier Records 11143
    2006 Encora CD 005
    2006 Centaur Records 2763
    2006 Atma / ATMA Classique SACD 22399
    2006 Pepperland 372
    2006 Channel Productions 6008
    2006 Ensayo 9821
    2006 Pavane 7504
    2006 Deja Vu / Retro Records 5X 007
    2005 Aeon AECD 0424
    2005 Pavane 7457
    2005 Harmonia Mundi HMX290 8182
    2005 Alba ABCD-199
    2005 Orchard 6991034906
    2005 Centaur Records 2740
    2005 Alba 199
    2005 Claves 2414
    2005 SOMM 45
    2004 Phantom Import Distribution / Sony BMG SRCS8237
    2004 Prince Entertainment 9805
    2003 Naxos 8557329
    2003 Intuition 3343
    2003 Fleur De Son 57957
    2003 Chandos 10163
    2003 Novalis 150174
    2003 Manteca MANTCD 045
    2002 Meridian Records 84447
    2002 Dux Records 373
    2002 Egrem 0447
    2002 Channel Crossings CCSSEL 1898
    2002 Egrem 8001
    2002 Sony Discos Inc. 87568
    2001 Orchard 800619
    2001 Ars Harmonica 97
    2001 Budapest Music Center 045
    2001 Cascavelle 3030
    1999 Elektra / Teldec 3984226612
    1999 Chandos CHAN 9732
    1999 Delos DE 3252
    1999 Sipario Dischi 53
    1998 Angel Records 5565782
    1998 Dorian 80159
    1998 Dorian DOR90249
    1998 Agora Musica 170
    1998 Channel Crossings 10997
    1998 Berlin Classics 1180
    1997 Sony Music Distribution 63011
    1997 Arabesque / Marquis Classics / Marquis Records 81203
    1997 Sony Classical 62728
    1997 Verdi Classics / Verdi Music 6802
    1996 Thorofon 2288
    1996 Bella Musica CTH2288
    1996 Musicaimmagine Records 10015
    1996 Harmonia Mundi 901595
    1995 Chiron Records 4853
    1995 IMP Classics 2012
    1995 Cascavelle 1031
    1995 Talent Records 41
    1994 New Albion NA 065
    1994 EtCetera Records 1023
    1994 ANS / ANS Record 12003
    1994 Saludos Amigos 62036
    1994 Phantom Import Distribution / Ais / Trova 5059
    1994 ESS.A.Y. / Essay Recordings 1034
    1991 Chesky Records 54
    Intercord Klassische Diskothek 845
    Laika Records 3510216
    NorthWest 205275
    Chesky Records 107
    Ermitage 124
    EMI Music Distribution 556578
    NVR
    Channel Classics 9322
    Ayva Clasica 027
    Just A Memory Records 9107
    Talent Records 291041
    Personality 23192
    PIMA Productions / Randall Avers 40174
    Viveza 70513