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Daniel Binelli & Polly Ferman: Imágenes

- CD Review

Daniel Binelli & Polly Ferman: Imágenes
Argentina y Uruguay
Del campo a la ciudad
2001 Roméo Records, USA
(See Binelli and Ferman Review at Satalla)
Daniel Binelli on Bandoneón
Polly Ferman on Piano

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 16, 2004

This is a passionate and potent CD, fused with tango, Argentine and Uruguayan culture, jazz, and contemporary sounds. The thirteen, featured works, for solo piano or bandoneón, as well as duets, are composed by Binelli, as well as Piazzolla, Ginastera, Ramírez, Mortet, Cobián/Cadícamo, Vargas Vera, and Ramos.

Notable tracks:

#1 – Verano Porteño -- Composed by Astor Piazzolla. Ferman’s long, piano lead is eventually joined by soulful and extended chords on Binelli’s bandoneón. This is “Piazzolla Plus,” a searing interpretation with melancholy yearnings.

#5 – Imágenes de Buenos Aires – Composed by Daniel Binelli. The endless piano lead has the effect of tiny raindrops in spring. This piece is almost 11 minutes and has a contemporary theme that encompasses a driven, dynamic bandoneón with romantic resonance.

#11 – Milonga del Riachuelo – Composed by Juan José Ramos. This piano solo is softly passionate and wrapped with warmth. The memorable melody ends on sharp staccato.

#12 – Adiós Nonino – Composed by Astor Piazzolla. Once again, an extremely extended piano lead is followed by Piazzolla’s renowned theme, introduced by Binelli’s quintessential bandoneón. The familiar (to tango aficionados) passages stretch each note in volume and rhythm.

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