Piazzolla - Tangos Arranged for Saxophone and Orchestra (1999)
F. Mondelci: sax; Moscow Camber Orchesta, C Orbelian cond
classical, latin | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 320MB
Delos RecordsNY Times:
The sax is a particularly good instrument for Piazzolla's music: like the tango, it is sexy, steamy and evocative, perfect listening for hot summer nights. Mondelci, playing baritone, tenor and soprano saxophones, brings a rich, jazzy appeal to Piazzolla's hauntingly beautiful melodies; he seems to have a real feel for the music's power and gutsiness, as well as its gentle tenderness.
Federico Mondelci and the strings of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra have collectively caught the tango bug and dedicated an entire program to Piazzolla here. Suddenly strings and saxophone alike have become inflamed with a new and beautiful fever that manifests itself in shivers, secrets, palpitations, flowing silences, triumphs and tears that crackle beneath the music's dark surface, merging in an elegant and intense unity like the balance of reason and passion.
Mondelci has reworked Piazzolla's music with originality and fantasy, clothing it in the same instinctive elegance with which the muted yet penetrating tone of his saxophone recalls the bandoneon's haughty languors. With deft affection, Mondelci's devotion, professionalism, and sheer love of his instrument share the same intuition that tormented and motivated the young Piazzolla: the need to completely rethink -- but always with respect and admiration -- a music that already existed, and to reweave its thematic material according to his own sensibilities and creative imperatives.
Mondelci has succeeded magnificently in blending intimacy and distance, plenitude and emptiness, bombast and lyricism, and he has done so with arranging so intelligent as to be imperceptible.
From the overflowing vessel of melodies written and recorded by Piazzolla for various ensembles and purposes, Mondelci, in this anthology-like sequence, has accomplished a new and sophisticated interweaving of orchestra and soloist, where profane angels, loosed from their urban shackles, are free to sing of their ardent dreams of a most human resurrection.
-01. "Libertango (arr. for saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 4:45
-02. "Adios Nonino (arr. for saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 5:39
-03. "Cierra tus ojos escucha (Close your eyes and listen) (arr. for saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 6:39
-04. "Revirado (arr. for saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 5:47
-05. "Milonga del angel (arr. for saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 5:50
-06. "La Muerte del angel (arr. for saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 2:24
-07. "Resurrecction del Angel (arr. for saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 6:58
-08. "Violentango (arr. saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 3:21
-09. "Melody in A minor" - Mondelci" - 4:58
-10. "Anos de Soledad (arr. for saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 4:26
-11. "Meditango (arr. for saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 6:23
-12. "Oblivion (arr. for saxophone and orchestra)" - Mondelci - 5:53