Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Piazzolla Stories (2021) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Piazzolla Stories (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:03:10 minutes | 629 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © Warner Classics

“Piazzolla – what a journey! His music has so many sides to it. Throughout his life he was exposed to such a rich and varied stream of influences. This homage to Piazzolla, while of course including compositions by him, also references those influences (here I’m thinking of Nadia Boulanger and Alberto Ginastera, with whom he studied). Piazzolla’s output is rich not only in terms of the styles he explored but also the different instrumental ensembles he played with. I was keen to reflect this eclecticism by way of a number of different line-ups: trumpet solo, with orchestra, with string quartet, and as duet partner.” (…) I would also like to thank my two guest artists: Thibaut Garcia, for his wonderful guitar playing and his friendship and the great Richard Galliano for being with us. It was very moving to perform his Tango pour Claude alongside him.”

The rapid stream of Piazzolla releases of the years on either side of 2000 has slowed a bit, but performers keep coming up with fresh takes on his music. An example is this set of “Piazzolla Stories” by trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary. One wouldn’t immediately expect the trumpet to be well suited to Piazzolla’s music, but Vary has approached her task intelligently in several ways. For one thing, her program is not exclusively devoted to the tango master; the Stories are views into Piazzolla’s relationships with other composers who had an impact on his music in some way. These are not just the obvious ones — tango star Carlos Gardel, composer and Piazzolla’s teacher Alberto Ginastera — but also Bach, Nadia Boulanger (another teacher, and the one responsible for Piazzolla’s having selected tango as his path), and Niccolò Paganini, perhaps a stretch, but the transcriptions for trumpet are great. Further, although Oblivion is here, Vary inclines toward tango songs and the overture music from the opera María de Buenos Aires more than toward the bandoneónist’s classic tangos, where the trumpet might have an unwanted dominant role. She cultivates a gentle, melancholy tone that is appropriate to the tango surroundings, and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra also shapes itself well to the music. This may be an odd Piazzolla/classical crossover release, but give it a hearing. – James Manheim

Tracklist:

1. Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Chin Chin (Transcr. Ducros) (04:07)
2. Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Oblivion (Arr. Zimmerman for Trumpet and Orchestra) (03:40)
3. Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2: No. 2, Danza de la moza donosa (Transcr. Ducros) (03:44)
4. Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – María de Buenos Aires (Orch. Ducros) (11:56)
5. Richard Galliano, Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Tango pour Claude (Orch. Galliano) (04:56)
6. Lucienne Renaudin Vary & Thibaut Garcia – Chiquilín de Bachín (Transcr. Ducros) (03:32)
7. Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto (Transcr. for Trumpet) (04:20)
8. Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Lux aeterna (Orch. Ducros) (01:51)
9. Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Chau Paris (Arr. Morganti for Trumpet and Orchestra) (02:49)
10. Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Ave Maria, “Tanti anni prima” (Orch. Ducros) (04:51)
11. Lucienne Renaudin Vary – 24 Caprices, Op. 1: No. 24 in A Minor. Theme – Variations 1–5, 7, 9–11 (Transcr. for Trumpet) (04:35)
12. Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Years of Solitude (Orch. Ducros) (04:04)
13. Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Close Your Eyes and Listen (Orch. Ducros) (05:22)
14. Sascha Goetzel, Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo & Lucienne Renaudin Vary – Volver (Arr. Benetti for Trumpet and Orchestra) (03:23)

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