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Dino Saluzzi: El Encuentro

It’s no surprise that bandoneonist-composer Dino Saluzzi’s latest CD invites and rewards repeat spins. Devoted followers have come to expect nothing less. But the Argentine’s first live recording, El Encuentro (“The Encounter”), is particularly compelling and ambitious because it marks Saluzzi’s debut collaboration with Holland’s Metropole Orchestra, reconfigured as a string orchestra for the occasion and crisply recorded.

Those who enjoy Saluzzi’s collaborations with his brother, tenor saxophonist Felix Saluzzi, and cellist Anja Lechner won’t be disappointed by their soulful and lyrical contributions, or the skill with which they develop independent voices that color and sustain the composer’s signature narrative threads. This often dramatically charged sinfonia concertante, however, introduces another dynamic, an orchestral richness and cinematic sweep that quickly distinguishes the first movement, “Vais de los dias.”

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