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The Creative Dance of Imagination – Tango for Two

May 11th, 2014 in Piano News by | 3 comments

“I still can’t believe that some pseudo-critics continue to accuse me of having murdered Tango. They have it backward. They should look at me as the saviour of Tango. I performed plastic surgery on it.” – Astor Piazzolla

Sometimes melancholic and always sensual, Astor Piazzolla’s works found a magnificent balance between genres, styles and eras. Preoccupied with seeing things in a new, fresh light, breaking through different genres, Piazzolla established a unique balance between genres such as jazz, contemporary music and vocal music. Thus Piazzolla left a very distinctive music evoking laughter and tears, dance and contemplation.

The pianist sisters Khatia and Gvantsa Buniatishvili were introduced to the piano and to literature at an early age by their mother. Using imagination as their primary source of inspiration, they believe that music and literature are intertwined and have a commonality. Kathia has further explored the possibilities of filmed musical drama and her Liszt Sonata in b minor was shot in a forest near Hamburg in 2011. Hear Khatia and Gavantsa Buniatishvili play Piazzolla’s Libertango from a forest recital with a Concert Grand in plain nature. As Groucho Marx said: “It takes two to Tango”.

If you feel tempted to play some Piazzolla, we recommend these sheet music albums available from amazon.com to start with:
El Viaje: 14 Tangos And Other Pieces
Hal Leonard Astor Piazzolla 28 Tangos Arranged for Piano

Or try free sample pages at musicnotes.com:
Adios Nonino
Buenos Aires Hora Cero

On the topic of Khatia playing piano in the forest and the impact the film medium has on our impression of music, take the survey:

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  • Scott says:

    Thanks for this! I’ve been listening to Piazzolla at my desk all afternoon after watching the vid..

  • Yasodhara says:

    Thanks for this. It’s brilliant. Please continue to post little known pianistic gems like these.
    Thank you.

  • maurer246 says:

    Hate to admit, never tried tango until seeing the sisters playing Libertango and pianostreets suggestion to try sheet music. This move created a new “heaven” for playing. What fun. Now have 29 of Astor Piazzolla’s compositions and having a ball–for an intermediate, this music is fairly easy to play, making it all the more enjoyable for an amateur like me.

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