Pi­az­zolla: Maria de Buenos Aires

Mr Mc­fall’s Cham­ber DELPHIAN ★★★★★

The Guardian - G2 - - Reviews classical - Kate Molle­son

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

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