ROBERTO DI MARINO (b.1956): Concerto for Bandoneon and String Orchestra, ÁSTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992): 5 Tango Sensations, Oblivion.
Catalogue Number: 12Q066
Description: Although Di Marino is Italian and lives in the far north of Italy in the shadow of the Alps, his concerto still evokes the desperation and dark moodiness that the bandoneon seems to automatically convey. Well, for the most part; when the outer movements get up to a trotting Allegro, you might be in a cold, rainy Paris instead of a cold, rainy Buenos Aires. But Di Marino does not copy Piazzolla in the least. His concerto of last year is more Romantic with a touch of minimalism. Unlike Oblivion, which has 128 other recordings as of right now, the Tango Sensations only have 7; this was Piazzolla's "musical farewell to life" (as he put it) and date from 1989. "Asleep", "Loving", "Anxiety", "Despertar" (Spanish for "Waking Up") and "Fear" are the sensations and who'd have bet that "Fear" is actually uptempo and upbeat? Cesare Chiacchiaretta (bandoneon), Croatian Philharmonic Orchestra; Miran Vaupotic.