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Gidon Kremer: Hommage a Piazzolla

Maybe it’s an expected fate, but nuevo tango titan Astor Piazzolla’s reputation has never been so strong, it seems, as it has in the years since his death in 1992. Assorted live and studio recordings of the Argentine bandoneon player’s own music have been released, as well as recordings by those paying homage to his passionate artistry. Now comes another reverent homage to Piazzolla, courtesy of violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer. Hommage a Piazzolla (Nonesuch 79407; 71:54) is a compelling recording of

Piazzolla pieces, mostly in small group settings for violin, bandoneon (Perne Arne Glorvigen, doing an admirable job filling big shoes), guitar, bass and piano.

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