Astana Opera to perform masterpieces of Argentine tango

ASTANA – An ensemble will perform at the Astana Opera April 13 the works by the late and renowned Argentine composer Astor Piazolla.

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Photo credit: astanaopera.kz.

Original interpretations of tango music will be presented by the instrumental ensemble Ritmos de Amor in the Chamber Hall of the Astana Opera. The ensemble includes Konstantin Strigin on accordion, Kirill Krasyukov on violin, Kairat Aristanov on guitar, AnatoliyYakushkin on double bass, Alexander Malinovskiy on harmonica, Zhanybek Bekmadiyev on drums and Yelena Sakhno at the piano.

For the first time in the capital, well known tango hits, such as “Mumuki,” “Soledad” and “Triunfal” will be performed. As reported by Astana Opera press office, the ensemble will also perform compositions such as “Milonga,”“Escualo,” “Ave Maria” and “Addios Nonino.” The audience will also experience a guitar solo and two pieces for violin and guitar, including “Café 1930” from the cycle “History of Tango.”

The composer, who once was called the enemy of tango, revolutionised tango music, adding to it elements of jazz and classical music. Some consider Piazolla the most important tango composer of the 20th century.

Piazolla’s music was strongly opposed by tango traditionalists, who believed it should remain without changes in rhythm and melody. He was able to combine in his compositions various musical genres and created unique tango style. Calling his music contemporary music of Buenos Aires, Piazolla broadened the public perception of tango.

Known in Argentina as “El Gran Astor” (“The Great Astor”), he performed tango of his native Buenos Aires to the standing ovations in South and North America, Europe and Asia. In his last decade, he wrote more than 300 tangos, as well as scores to films, theatre performances and ballets.