Astor Piazzolla

Oblivion, tango

    Description by James Reel

    One of Astor Piazzolla's most popular tangos, Oblivion became widely known through the soundtrack of Marco Bellochio's film Henry IV, the Mad King. The short piece has been recorded in many versions, including for klezmer clarinet, saxophone quartet, and oboe and orchestra.

    The featured instrument enters immediately over a subtle, arpeggiated accompaniment (almost Glass-like in it simplicity) with a melody of extreme melancholy -- long-held notes alternating with slowly falling and weaving figures. A middle section offers a minimally contrasting theme, lush but less intense. 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.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Solo Musica SM 278
    2018 Arrastre Records ARA 01D
    2018 Composers Concordance Recordings COMCON 0043
    2017 Genuin GEN 17454
    2017 Genuin GEN 17486
    2017 Affetto AF 1707
    2017 Albany Records TROY 1671
    2017 Warner Classics 561762
    2017 Warner Classics 561762
    2016 Ars Produktion / Ars Produktion ARS 38188
    2016 Naïve V 5378
    2016 Brilliant Classics 95285BR
    2016 Genuin GEN 16403
    2016 Oehms Classics OC 1851
    2016 Centaur Records CRC 3488
    2016 MSR Classics MS 1592
    2016 Vermeer 40006
    2016 Indesens INDE 085
    2016 Ravello Records RR 7934
    2016 Centaur Records CRC 3482
    2015 Aparte AP 104
    2015 Decca 4811489
    2015 Amadeus Arte AAP 15002
    2015 Ars Produktion ARS 38176
    2015 Gramola 99073
    2015 Nasswetter Music Group 205
    2015 Ars Produktion / Ars Produktion ARS 38159
    2015 First Hand Records FHR 39
    2015 Warner Classics 552920
    2015 Delos DE 3476
    2015 Warner Classics 825646134007
    2015 eOne EOMCD 7792
    2014 Blue Griffin Recording BG 351
    2014 Es-Dur ES 2032
    2014 Sony Classical G010003051941C
    2014 Sony Classical 88883796882
    2014 CAvi-music / Harp Berlin AVI 3288465
    2014 Champs Hill Records CHRCD 073
    2014 Opening Day Recordings 000845812
    2014 Disc Auvers DAV 12
    2014 Thorofon CTH 2610
    2014 4Tay Records 4TAY 4039
    2014 Warner Classics 0825646327898
    2014 Ars Produktion ARS 38161
    2014 Naxos 8573315
    2014 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT 350
    2014 Warner Classics 2564625678
    2014 BIS BIS 2108
    2014 Supraphon SU 41612
    2014 Brilliant Classics 95009BR
    2014 Stradivarius STV 33875
    2014 Challenge Classics CC 72660
    2013 Delos DE 3440
    2013 Pilfink Records JVCD 107
    2013 Naxos 8573166
    2013 Challenge Classics CC 72612
    2013 Champs Hill Records CHRCD 055
    2013 Farao Classics B 108072
    2013 Acqua Records AQ 368
    2013 Deutsche Grammophon 4791421
    2013 Deutsche Grammophon 4791402
    2013 Summit Records SMT 600
    2013 Preiser Records PR 90825
    2013 Thorofon
    2013 ABC Classics 4810116
    2013 Kickshaw CD 1001
    2013 Challenge Classics CC 72610
    2012 ATMA Classique ACD 22675
    2012 Rewind REW 508
    2012 Harmonia Mundi HMG 501674
    2012 Aliud Records ACDBO 0622
    2012 Haenssler / Hänssler Classic HAEN 93291
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099932787122
    2012 Nonesuch 7559798726
    2012 Alba / Alba Records Oy 199
    2012 Decca / Deutsche Grammophon / Universal
    2012 Deutsche Grammophon 001700002
    2012 Deutsche Grammophon 4790514
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2012 ABC Classics ABC 4764833
    2012 Steinway & Sons 30009
    2012 Stradivarius STR 33913
    2012 PentaTone Classics 5186008
    2012 Scandinavian Classics 233463
    2011 Magdalena Duhagon 50164636
    2011 Yarlung Records 27517
    2011 Transart Live TR 163
    2011 Telos TLS161
    2011 BIS BISSACD 1863
    2011 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler CDPH 11002
    2011 RCA Red Seal 88697953432
    2011 Opening Day Recordings ODR7396
    2011 Gallo CD 1273
    2011 Naxos 8572596
    2011 Pavane ADW 7536
    2011 Naxos 8572611
    2011 Sony Classical 97727
    2011 Altissimo 61372
    2011 Gallo CD1309
    2010 Ottavo OTR C30973
    2010 Antes Edition / Zebralution
    2010 Bridge 9330
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099968858
    2010 Nonesuch
    2010 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88697685862
    2010 Gramola 98873
    2009 ABC Classics 4763389
    2009 Sony Music Distribution
    2009 Sony Music Distribution 52716
    2009 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT 090103
    2009 ABC Classics / Universal 4763558
    2009 Nascente NSDCD 009
    2009 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099926705
    2009 Summit Records DCD 520
    2009 Decca
    2009 Analekta 29857
    2008 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Warner Bros. / Warner Music 5144238552
    2008 Personality / Personality Holland 23194
    2008 Dutton Digital 7210
    2008 RCA Red Seal 727208
    2008 RCA / Sony Music Distribution 88697272072
    2008 Milan / Milan Sur 5046655892
    2008 Stradivarius 57906
    2008 Capstone Records 8793
    2008 Challenge Classics 72178
    2008 Fuga Libera 606
    2008 Ariola / Sony BMG 8869746180
    2008 CBC Records 1176
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics / Sony Music Distribution 88697328032
    2008 ABC Classics 4766809
    2008 Channel Classics 25508
    2007 Warner Music
    2007 Dux Records 548
    2007 Digimode Entertainment / Double Pleasure / Saar DP-21523
    2007 Haenssler / Haenssler Classic HAN 093205
    2007 Melba Recordings 301111
    2007 Personality / Personality Holland 23191
    2007 Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Distribution
    2007 Naxos 570523
    2007 Blue Wrasse / Universal 4723182
    2007 Deutsche Grammophon 000838902
    2006 Sony CMG 017
    2006 Document 205554
    2006 SOMM 33
    2006 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2006 Klavier Records 11143
    2006 Centaur Records 2763
    2006 Pepperland 372
    2006 Channel Productions 6008
    2006 Finlandia
    2006 Ottavo 69657
    2006 K&K Verlagsanstalt 27
    2006 Solo Musica SM 106
    2006 GuitarSounds 3010
    2006 Warner Bros. / Warner Music
    2006 Koch International Classics / Koch / Koch International KIC-7661
    2006 EMI Classics 3594882
    2006 Warner Classics
    2006 Orfeo 686061
    2005 Bay Musical Arts 5652
    2005 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler 05010
    2005 Axiom Chamber Players 2004
    2005 Alba ABCD-199
    2005 Alba 199
    2005 Summit Records 432
    2005 BIS BISCD 1175
    2005 ASV/Living Era / White Line CDWHL 2148
    2005 Avie AV 2083
    2005 SOMM 45
    2005 Classico 651
    2005 Fabulous FABCD 201
    2005 Delos 3345
    2004 Boston Records 1057
    2004 Capriccio Records 71022
    2004 Naxos 8557454
    2004 Accent 22156
    2004 Artek 15
    2004 Gallo 1137
    2004 Opening Day Recordings 9330
    2004 Warner Bros. / 143 Records / 143/Reprise 9362487952
    2004 Decca 000208002
    2004 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2004 Resonance 3003
    2004 ABC Classics 9800463
    2004 El Arca de Noe 637
    2004 Delos 3333
    2003 EMI Music Distribution 585130
    2003 Verve 0655542
    2003 Trova 5056
    2003 Chandos 10163
    2003 Camerata Records 28CM674
    2003 Naxos 8557004
    2002 Channel Crossings 18598
    2002 Channel Crossings CCSSEL 1898
    2002 MDG MDG 61811302
    2002 Dynamic 381
    2002 EMI Music Distribution 67903
    2002 EMI Classics 5679432
    2002 META Records 010
    2001 Ars Harmonica 97
    2001 Budapest Music Center 045
    2001 Cascavelle 3030
    2001 Decca / Universal Distribution 4685282
    2001 Monopoly 3018
    2001 Telarc Distribution SA-60526
    2000 Bayer Records 100267
    2000 EMI Classics / Angel Records / EMI Music Distribution 5570222
    2000 Sons of Sound Productions (SSP) 005
    2000 Dynamic 188
    2000 Agora Musica 219
    2000 Koch 365992
    2000 Angel Records 57033B
    2000 Capriccio Records 10872
    2000 Music Collection MCCD 165
    2000 RCA Victor / BMG / RCA 09026637172
    2000 Signum UK 107/00
    1999 Olympia (Classical/Jazz) 654
    1999 Harmonia Mundi HMN 911674
    1999 Ayva 020
    1999 Koch / Koch International 7442
    1999 Delos DE 3252
    1999 Sipario Dischi 53
    1999 Telarc Distribution CD 80526
    1999 Cascavelle 1072
    1998 Winter & Winter 9100102
    1998 Ars Musici AM-1244
    1998 Channel Crossings 10997
    1998 BMG Ariola / BMG/RCA Classics 74321580612
    1998 RCA Victor / RCA 63233
    1997 Carlton Classics 3036600262
    1996 Doron Music 1001
    1996 Nonesuch 7559794072
    1996 Nonesuch
    1995 MLA/Milan 35727
    1995 Rene Gailly 87088
    1994 Phantom Import Distribution / Ais / Trova 5059
    1994 ANS 12005
    1994 Amiata ARNR 0894
    1992 Teldec 9031769972
    Laika Records 3510216
    Samantha Chang
    Universal Classics & Jazz 4761177
    Trema 710866
    ABC Classics 4801515
    White Pine 208
    Alwyn Wright
    Academy of the Disc / AdD 006
    Finlandia
    M. S. Music / MSRecords 0022009
    Symposion 110
    Viveza 70513