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Dino Saluzzi/Anja Lechner/Felix Saluzzi: Navidad de los Andes

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Dino Saluzzi of Argentina is a master of the bandoneon, a South American variant of the button accordion or concertina. The sound he achieves on this instrument is a direct, naked appeal to the heart. Anja Lechner of Germany played in the Rosamunde String Quartet for 17 years. She is a rare major classical cellist committed to improvisation. Together, Saluzzi and Lechner, two very different virtuosos, are a unique, sublime, counterintuitive natural entity. They are so complete that on their new album, Navidad de los Andes, the addition of Saluzzi’s brother Felix on clarinet and tenor saxophone is almost incidental, a minor intrusion into their rarefied counterpoint.

Saluzzi and Lechner make chamber music that is a genre unto itself. It commingles yearning tangos and formal classical austerities and quick jazz reflexes. It is mostly quiet, inward music, and it is always an immersion in pure sound, in the aural sensuality of a bandoneon’s drawn-out sighs and a cello’s rich, resonant complexities.

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