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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Astor Piazzolla, surveying the Argentinian composer's intensely creative and emotionally difficult period during the 1960s. At the age of 45, he abruptly left his wife of 24 years and their two children. Thereafter he made headlines both personally and artistically with his new brand of tango, involving himself in artistic collaborations with Argentinian poet Horacio Ferrer and writer Jorge Luis Borges.

Buenos Aires Hora Cero
Astor Piazzolla, Daniel Binelli (bandoneons)
Gerardo Gandini (piano)
Horacio Malvicino (guitar)
Carlos Nozzi (cello)
Angel Ridolfi (bass)
Intuition INT 30792, Tr 3

Piazzolla/Ferrer: Balada para un loco
Amelita Baltar (singer)
Astor Piazzolla y su Orquesta
AAA Pagani/Cameo CD 3508, Tr 3

El tango
Caetano Veloso (narrator)
Gidon Kremer (violin)
Per Arne Glorvigen (bandoneon)
Vadim Sakharov (piano)
Alois Posch (double bass)
Nonesuch 7559794622, Tr 5

Tanzango: Variations on Buenos Aires
Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
Gabriel Castagna (conductor)
Chandos Chan 10049, Tr 1

Excerpt from the operita Maria de Buenos Aires
The Spirit ...... Horacio Ferrer
Maria ...... Julia Zenko
Gidon Kremer (violin)
Per Arne Glorvigen (bandoneon)
Vadim Sakharov (piano)
Alois Posch (double bass)
Maria Fedotova (flute)
Ula Zebriunaite (viola)
Marta Sudraba (cello)
Peter Sadlo (percussion)
Teldec 3984206322, Trs 4-5, 8.

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