Poster Astor Piazzolla (lithography by Hetty Krist)
Astor Piazzolla (lithography by Hetty Krist)
lithography by Hetty Krist, via wikimedia commons
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Piazzolla's 'History of Tango'

You can write about history with words, of course, but if you're writing about music history, why not compose a piece of music? Composer Astor Piazzolla told a story about the history of tango without a word. We'll hear a chapter from his 'History of Tango' on today's show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite in A Minor Movement 2: Courante
Inon Barnatan, piano
Album: Time Traveler's Suite
Pentatone 5186874

Clarice Assad: The Book of Spells  Chapter I, Love and Relationships: The Siren's Seduction
The Merian Ensemble
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA

Wang Jie: The Winter that United Us
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux, Op. 16
Inon Barnatan, piano
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Hour 2

Billy Childs: Anniversary Variations on a Theme of Antonin Reicha, from the Wind Quintet In E-Flat, Op. 88, No. 2
Dorian Wind Quintet
Album: Retrospectacular
Summit 513

Jose White Lafitte: La jota aragonesa, caprice for Violin and Piano, Op. 5
Samuel Nebyu, violin | Charles Abramovic, piano
Lucerne Festival, St Luke's Church, Lucerne, Switzerland

Astor Piazzolla: Cafe, 1930, from Histoire du Tango
Dorian Wind Quintet
Skaneateles Festival, First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles, NY

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, Op. 26
Orli Shaham, piano | Francisco Fullana, violin | Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, Spieker Center for the Arts, Menlo Park, CA

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