A Life of Tango

Alfredo Marcucci

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

In 1984 I saw him for the first time. I had just discovered the bandoneon. With his right hand he was playing a virtuoso piece, with his left hand, at the same time, he very calmly straightened his glasses. It was marvellous, the audience was in stitches. It was one of the most important tango concerts that I have ever seen. The ease, the humour with which he played on his instrument, and with such virtuosity. As soon as Carel Kraayenhof begins to speak about his master, Alfredo Marcucci, its hard to stop him. After the Dutch bandoneon player had seen Marcucci perform several times in the mid 1980s, he tried to get in touch with the Argentinian. A lively correspondence began. Alfredo sent me tips and pieces of music, pieces by Julio De Caro and Adios Nonino by Piazzolla. In 1986, Kraayenhof attended a weeklong very inspiring workshop given by Marcucci. No one in the Netherlands played the bandoneon, becoming a real bandoneon player seemed so unattainable. And then all of a sudden you encounter an incredibly sweet older man like this, a great figure in the tango world: Just sit down, my boy, Ill show you how. Alfredo was a musical father for me in those days, says Kraayenhof. I am still deeply thankful to him for that.

Tracklist

1.
Taquito Militar - Milonga
02:29
2.
La Chachila - Tango
03:58
3.
Mi Vieja Viola - Tango
03:28
4.
Decarisimo - Tango
02:34
5.
Malevaje - Tango
02:46
6.
Sensiblero - Tango
03:02
7.
Los Ejes De Mi Carreta - Milonga
02:42
8.
Danzarin - Tango
03:17
9.
Gallo Ciego - Tango
03:18
10.
Volvió Una Noche - Tango
02:54
11.
El Once - Tango
02:46
12.
án - Motivo de Vals - Vals
03:56
13.
El Choclo - Tango
03:46
14.
Mano a Mano - Tango
03:17
15.
Saludos - Tango
02:27
16.
Pedacito de Cielo - Vals
03:58
17.
Mal De Amores - Tango
03:12
18.
Recuerdo - Tango
03:15
19.
Don Juan - Tango
02:43
20.
Nocturna - Milonga
02:47

Total time: 01:02:35

Additional information

Artists

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

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Original Recording Format

Cables

van den Hul T3 series

Digital Converters

Meitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA

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Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Mastering Equipment

B&W 803 diamond series

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom design

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Doopgezinde Kerk Deventer The Netherlands 2004

Recording Software

Pyramix bij Merging

Speakers

Audiolab, Holland

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

SKU

21904

Release Date January 1, 2014
SKU 21904

Press reviews

Klassik.com

Alfredo Marcucci – der letzten Vertreter der ‘Epoco de Oro’ des Tangos. Mit seinen beiden Kollegen erlebt er eine ‘zweite Jugend’ des allgemeinen Tango-Revivals und erschien ‘A Life of Tango’, quasi als ‘opus summum’ des heute 79-jahrigen Bandoneon-Virtuosen, der seine lebenslange Beschftigung mit dieser Musik als musikalischen Philosophie sieht. Diese spiegelt sich auch in seinen Interpretation nieder: ein Hand vol Melancholie in fliesenden Weichsel mit der druckvollen Kraft des pulsierenden Taktes. Das dabei der Geist der Musik, der Ausdruck eines Lebensgefhls vor der technischen Feinheit steht, hort man an einigen Unsauberheiten in seinen Spiel. Dafr spielt er aber in den lyrischen Passagen umso ausdruckstarker, schafft eine innere Spannung durch dynamische und agogische Gestaltung. Besonders positiv fallt seine scharfe, spitzige Akzentuierung auf, die bei anderen Ensemble oft zu sehr durch ‘Weichspler’ geglttet werden.

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