Homage to Astor Piazzolla
Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 7:30 pm
“Le grand tango” for violoncello and orchestra
Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas: Verano Porteño
Concerto for bandoneon and orchestra
Lothar Hensel, Bandoneon
Alexandre Vay, Cello
Annekatrin Hentschel, Moderation
Munich Radio Orchestra
Alondra de la Parra, Direction
“Your tango is new, and it is honest”: thus Nadia Boulanger’s assessment of her strange scholarship student Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992). Indeed, he is the founding father of Tango Nuevo, a species of tango that combines dance and art music, tradition and avant-garde, rising from the shadowy dives of Buenos Aires into the bright glare of the world’s concert halls. Tango Nuevo is ballet music, tango-opera, concerto and musical experiment at the highest level. Whether noble and restrained or explosive and volcanic, it is pure emotion in notes.
To the world-famous bandoneon player Lothar Hensel, Piazzolla’s music, and especially his Bandoneon Concerto, form the mainstay of his repertoire. Like Hensel, Alexandre Vay, the deputy solo cellist of the Munich Radio Orchestra, is an impassioned and brilliant soloist. Two lady experts will guide us through the evening: the Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra, a passionate advocate for Latin American composers, and Annekatrin Hentschel, whose interviews have shown her to be a true connoisseur of the dynamic experimental side of the young music scene opened up by Piazzolla’s Tango Nuevo.
The advance ticket sales are suspended until further notice due to the current restrictions. As soon as the restrictions become looser, the advance ticket sales are released again and we will inform you immediately at this point.