Yuri Liberzon, with Josue Casillas (flute) :CD :Acentuado!
Updated: Apr 17
Yuri Liberzon, with Josue Casillas (flute on tracks 7 – 10)
Available from www.yuriguitar.com
Reviewed 17th December 2017
This album of Piazzolla’s music has only two works, the six Tango – Etudes being the first here transcribed for guitar from their original flute by Manuel Barrueco. This twenty six plus minutes work sounds entirely natural on the guitar, with all manner of chords, arpeggiated or otherwise adding to the deception! Without access to the original score , one wonders just what additions or subtractions have gone into the transcription , but suffice it to say that the flute is rarely if ever missed in this emotive and beautifully played performance. Take as one example the arrestingly beautiful No2, Anxieux et Rubato, an eight- minute movement exhibiting a seemingly ideal work for guitar which I find it difficult to imagine on the flute. As a set the alternating fast - slow movements make for a very satisfying whole, and I would love to see the music score!
The other work, involving the flautist Josue Casillas is the full four movements of Histoire Du Tango which is always such a fun work, with its lovely Bordel 1900 opening movement and its catchy melody and harmonies. Café 1930 , the longest movement is beautifully reflective, whilst Nightclub 1960 is alternately sad and light – hearted .The finale Concert d’aujourd – hui takes the dissonance level up a few notches and shows how far the tango has travelled over the last hundred or so years.
This is a well-played and beautifully produced CD that deserves to be heard!