Cuarteto SolTango

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085533312
Catalog number: AVI 8553331
Releasedate: 01-05-15
- First album of this new group
- Arrangements from the original Tango orchestras
- Superbly played not only as concert music but also for dancers
What is tango, actually?
Tango is popular folk music from Argentina with a great variety of European influences (Spanish, Italian, etc.). All of those styles converged in Buenos Aires and gave birth to this special kind of folk music. Born in the back alleyways and brothels; it evolved into an
elaborate, fine art that went on to conquer the world. That explains why it’s so multifaceted. A multitude of different tango styles emerged very early in many different orchestras in Argentina and Uruguay. “Rebels” like Astor Piazzolla incorporated a series of
American and European influences and made tango music even more popular. We can say, in a nutshell, that tango has a long, diverse history. We play everything from the “classical” old 1920’s and 1930’s style to contemporary tango nuevo (the style created by Astor Piazzolla). We draw on any variety of tango we happen to like. However, in recent years we’ve increasingly gone back to traditional tango, since everybody seems to be playing Piazzolla...We leave the original structure intact, since the style is the same as the traditional orquestas we listen and dance to just about every other evening. With those different styles we create chamber music that can be performed live on stage. The music becomes more intimate and “pure” – it acquires a life of its own, whether it is danced or not.
Cuarteto SolTango epitomizes the new generation of authentic tango, combining the luscious sound of a traditional orquesta with the verve that only chamber music can offer. Together, the four musicians interpret a wide diversity of classic tango styles right up to the Tango Nuevo of Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese in alluring arrangements by Martin Klett. Soon after it was founded in 2008, the quartet was invited to perform at the music festivals of Schleswig-Holstein and Oberstdorf, thereby launching their appearances in a series of outstanding classical venues. Since then, the four have played at a number of international festivals – most recently at the innovative Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. They were part of the Blue Tango
show in conjunction with the International Tango Festival Düsseldorf and the show Terra Tango at the Ghent Festival of Flanders. The four virtuosos have been acclaimed by dancers at international tango festivals in Hamburg, Oldenburg and Leipzig, including appearances with prestigious dance pairs such as Michelle & Joachim (Basel), Alejandra & Mariano (Madrid), Gastón & Moira (Buenos Aires) and Claudia & Matias (Berlin).