Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires
Mr Mcfall’s Chamber DELPHIAN ★★★★★
Astor Piazzolla’s tango opera is a hotblooded thing, with its deft mashup of fugue, milonga and cabaret. The drama inhabits bars and brothels where characters are mysterious and a bit supernatural; if Maria represents the city, the bandoneon
(played with superb poise by
Victor Villena) brings out her most seductive and destructive sides. Edinburgh ensemble Mr Mcfall’s Chamber has championed Piazzolla for 20 years and their take is dignified, if low on danger. But the sultry exchanges between violin and bandoneon are irresistible, as are the voices: smoky narration from Juanjo Lopez Vidal and huge-hearted chansons from Nicholas Mulroy. If you know him as Bach’s Evangelist, just wait till you hear his way with a slow milonga. Devastating.
below, pianist Daniil Trifonov