Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Astor Piazzolla, observing how the Argentinian composer's restless nature saw him form several new ensembles during the 1970s. He expanded his gang of five musicians into a super-group of nine, moved into working with electronic instruments and successfully entered the world of jazz with a collaboration with Gerry Mulligan as well as establishing his celebrated second quintet.

Astor Piazzolla (bandoneon)
Fernando Suarez Paz (violin)
Pablo Ziegler (piano)
Oscar Lopez-Ruiz (guitar)
Hector Console (bass)
Messidor 115922, Tr 5

Milonga del Angel
Gary Burton (vibraphone)
Fernando Suarez-Paz (violin)
Marcelo Nisinman (bandoneon)
Pablo Ziegler (piano)
Horacio Malvicino (guitar)
Hector Console (bass)
Concord COJ48872, Tr 6

Tres piezas para orquesta de camara
Vadim Sakharov (piano)
Kremerata Baltica
Teldec 3984226612, Trs 11-13

20 Years Ago
Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax)
Astor Piazzolla (bandoneon)
Angel 'Pocho' Gatti (piano/organ)
Tullio de Piscopo (drums percussions)
Giuseppe Prestipino (electric bass)
Alberto Baldan, Giani Zilioli (marimbas)
Filippo Dacco, Bruno de Filippi (electric guitars)
Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli (violin)
Renato Riccio (viola)
Ennio Miori (cello)
Accord 556642, Tr 4

Concerto for bandoneon, string orchestra and percussion (1st mvt)
Juan Jose Mosalini (bandoneon)
Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
Gabriel Castagna (conductor)
Chandos Chan 10419, Tr 4

Astor Piazzolla (bandoneon)
Fernando Suarez Paz (violin)
Pablo Ziegler (piano)
Oscar Lopez-Ruiz (guitar)
Hector Console (bass)
PEA 461156 2, Tr 7.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Thu 9 Apr 2009 22:00

Composer Help Page


Find resources and contacts for composers from within the classical music industry.

Take a tour of Ravel's house

At Ravel's house at Montfort l'Amaury

Sara Mohr-Pietsch reveals Ravel's character in his exquisitely-decorated house near Paris

The absurdly talented Herr Mendelssohn


Donald Macleod reveals Mendelssohn's gift for sketching and watercolours.

Composers A to Z


Visit the extensive audio archive of Radio 3 programmes about Composers and their works.