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 / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2019
    Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler
    PH 18089
    2019
    Deutsche Grammophon
    UCCG-1842
    2019
    Naxos
    8573896
    2018
    Digressione Music
    DIGR 85
    2018
    SWR Music
    SWR 19513CD
    2018
    ABC Classics
    2018
    MSR Classics
    MS 1670
    2018
    Azica Records
    ACD 71324
    2018
    ABC Classics
    4829892
    2018
    ABC Classics
    ABC 4829864
    2018
    Big Round Records
    BR 8953
    2018
    Solo Musica
    SM 278
    2018
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2018
    Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler
    PH 18011
    2018
    Arrastre Records
    ARA 01D
    2018
    Capriccio Records
    C 5343
    2018
    Composers Concordance Recordings
    COMCON 0043
    2018
    Centaur Records
    CRC 3628
    2018
    Warner Classics
    2018
    Patricia Lazzara
    2018
    Orchid Classics
    ORC 100084
    2018
    Signum Classics
    SIGCD 538
    2017
    Jade
    6998962
    2017
    Genuin
    GEN 17454
    2017
    Genuin
    GEN 17486
    2017
    Affetto
    AF 1707
    2017
    Brilliant Classics
    95527
    2017
    Albany Records
    TROY 1671
    2017
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2017
    Centaur Records
    CRC 3605
    2017
    Chesky Records
    JD 401
    2017
    Various Artists
    Warner Classics
    561762
    2017
    Various Artists
    Warner Classics
    561762
    2016
    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 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
    4791402
    2013
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4791421
    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
    Various Artists
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099932787122
    2012
    Nonesuch
    7559798726
    2012
    Alba / Alba Records Oy
    199
    2012
    Decca / Deutsche Grammophon / Universal
    2012
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4790514
    2012
    Deutsche Grammophon
    001700002
    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
    Various Artists
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099968858
    2010
    Nonesuch
    2010
    Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution
    88697685862
    2010
    Gramola
    98873
    2009
    ABC Classics
    4763389
    2009
    Sony Classical
    52716
    2009
    Sony Classical
    2009
    Zig Zag Territoires
    ZZT 090103
    2009
    Various Artists
    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 / Sony Music Distribution
    88697272072
    2008
    RCA Red Seal
    727208
    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
    Universal Classics & Jazz
    2004
    Decca
    000208002
    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
    Various Artists
    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
    1996
    Nonesuch
    7559794072
    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
    Various Artists
    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