Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI
Mariano Chiacchiarini conductor
Michael Zisman bandoneon
Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
Concerto for Bandoneon, Strings, and Percussion
Tangazo for Chamber Orchestra
In the summer of 2015, when the Argentine conductor Mariano Chiacchiarini appeared in Lucerne as a guest at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, he turned out to be a gifted tango dancer away from the concert stage. Now he can give vent to this passion on the podium. Together with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, he will create a thrilling tango night with music by his legendary compatriot Astor Piazzolla. Using influences from jazz and classical music, refined harmonies, and new playing techniques, Piazzolla expanded the traditional tango argentino, making music that took it out of the nightclubs and into the concert hall. And he composed such works for orchestra as the “grand tango” Tangazo and his powerfully blazing Bandoneon Concerto. Michael Zisman, the Swiss bandoneon virtuoso with Argentinean roots, will perform this piece with a feeling for its rhythmic drive as well as for the thoughtful moments of this score. In addition, there will be such evergreen Piazzolla hits as Oblivion, Adiós Nonino, and Libertango, likely his best-known work.