INVIERNO PORTENO by ASTOR PIAZZOLLA performed by the Mandolin Chambe
  • Classical music The Invierno Porteno (Winter) by Astor Piazzolla performed by the Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra Het CONSORT conducted by Alex Timmerman, Amsterdam, March 20th at the 2010 Festival of the Dutch Mandolin Union. Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) is especially known for being one of the greatest Argentinean bandonean performers. He started to play the bandoneon at a very early age and played when only thirteen years old with Carlos Gardél and his band. Once his extraordinary talent was discovered he joint the band of Anibal Tróila, the master of the classical tango. After Tróila´s death Piazzolla went to Paris to study with a government scholarship under Nadia Boulanger. Probably thanks to her Piazzolla became aware of the possibilities of the music of South America and, more particular, the tango music of his homeland Argentina. From this time Piazzolla´s reformed the traditional tango into a style that was called the 'tango nuevo'. Back in his homeland he was soon recognized the leading figure of the genre and it didn´t take long before his international breakthrough became a fact. In 1973 he moved again to Europe; this time to Italy where he started a recording project that took five years to complete. The Invierno Porteno (Winter) by Astor Piazzolla was composed in 1970 as the third Tango of the Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas also known as The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The other three Tangos in this cycle are Verano Porteño (1964 - Buenos Aires Summer), Otoño Porteño (1969 ...

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