Fugata Quintet – Astor Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla is Fugata Quintet’s debut double album, which, even with its extended 90-minute duration, is only a small illustration of the quintet’s vast repertoire. As an independent group, Fugata Quintet enjoy the opportunity to explore a variety of Piazzolla’s lesser known pieces alongside his more established works.
Part one, Concierto de Fugata, with the exception of Adios Nonino (watch video), is a selection of lesser known Piazzolla works that challenge their performers’ expressive, improvisatory, and technical abilities. Among the other pieces, Revolucionario, as its name suggests, will keep the casual listener on the edge of their seat while introducing Piazzolla aficionados to a whole new side of his music.
Part two, Angel y Diablo, is the realisation of one of the composer’s own programming ideas, which sadly did not materialise during his lifetime due to the then perceived unconventional nature of the musical material. The vivid Angel and Diablo suites are presented here with the addition of the breathtakingly beautiful and poignant Coral.
Recorded in February 2010
Mixed at AIR Studios
Released on 24 October 2011