Sonntag, 20. August 2017

Duo Por La Vida Tango: Esa noche de pasión

To publish an album as a duo, particularly a singer accompanied only by a piano, means that you are really convinced about what you are doing. Diego Hernan Gonzalez (piano) and Emiliano Kandico (vocals) recorded 13 well known songs by Piazzolla (i.e., Balada para un loco, Balada para mi muerte), Troilo (i.e., Che Bandoneón, La última curda), Stamponi (i.e., El último café, Flor de lino), and others in a live setting. Emiliano Kandico is a very passionate singer who interacts with the audience´s reactions. He interprets the poetry of the tango lyrics with high emotions and dramatic verve. In most cases this works fine, but in a few dramatic phrases his vocal control slips away -  and this diminishes at least my pleasure. In some songs the singer´s ‘location’ in the tonal room is too much in the back compared to the other songs, which is due the fact that they were recorded during three live sessions.
Despite these minor drawbacks, the duo presents good songs which work very fine in this highly reduced version. These songs, naked to the bones, are reanimated by the duo, and together with the emotionally involved audience they bring them back to this day´s life where they still touch our hearts. “Frente al mar” (written by Rodolfo Taboada and Mariano Mores) and “Chiquilin de Bachin” (written by Horacio Ferrer and Astor Piazzolla) are good examples. 
Pianist Diego Hernan Gonzalez is doing an excellent job and stands selflessly back to give Emiliano Kandico all the space he needs to unfold the songs, ranging from thoughtful sadness to cautious rebellion against adversities in life. 
I am sure this duo will find its audience among the dancers and tango aficionados. 

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Donnerstag, 6. Juli 2017

Orquesta Típica Randolfo: Orquesta Típica Randolfo

Orquesta Típica Randolfo is a septet from Montevideo, with Andrés Antúnez (piano), Sergio Astengo and Ramiro Hernández (bandoneones), Diego Revello and Emilio Sunhary (violines), Gisselle Fernández Laino (viola) and Juan Chilindrón (double-bass) as musicians. Their songs have a highly melancholic note, even the more lively ones, and this clearly highlights the inherent beauty of their selection of 11
tangos written by the old masters.
I like most their vivid interpretation of Pedro Maffia´s “Ventarrón” with its chaotic end, but also their slow-down version of Alfredo Gobbi´s “El andariego”. Armando Pontier´s “A los amigos” celebrates a heart-breaking melancholy which is difficult to resist. Having Raúl Garello´s “Verdenuevo” in their repertoire underlines their feeling for good songs; in fact it is a wonderful more-contemporary tango pearl among many others.
Their music is very suitable for a lazy afternoon at our favorite cafe. The melodies leave the listener in a pleasant blue mood, but pull them immediately out with dynamically eruptive phases. Even Osvaldo Ruggiero´s Bordoneo y 900” is in their version an ambivalent piece of music, starting like a slow driving locomotive, until it took up ride - and turning into a vivid milonga for only some seconds. This is enough of the candy.
Their music definitely has its beauty; it is like Cinderella waiting for her chance to be recognized. Take the time to wipe away the ashes and you will find a shining beauty.