For the Record, Op. 166: Piazzolla Centennial: Violinist Karen Gomyo; Juanjo Mosalini Bandoneon

August 5, 2021, 12:27 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Karen Gomyo
Violinist Karen Gomyo.

A Piazzolla Trilogy
Karen Gomyo, violin
Stephanie Jones, guitar
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire

Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo celebrates the centenary of Astor Piazzolla with an album featuring some of the composer's most celebrated works: Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, Histoire du tango (with guitarist Stephanie Jones) and Tango Etudes Nos. 3-5. Karen Gomyo first discovered Piazzolla’s music aged 14, when her mother handed her a collection of his recordings. "His music seeped into the depths of my inner world," she said. "I had never heard such a combination of sensuality, fierceness, playfulness, sadness, and nostalgia. Music that clearly had tango at its core, yet with such compositional and emotional complexity." BELOW: From the recording session:

Piazzolla: Cien Anõs
Juanjo Mosalini, bandoneon
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Gisèle Ben-Dor conducting.

Here is an album of works by the master of the Argentine tango, Astor Piazzolla, and works by bandoneon player Juanjo Mosalini. Mosalini was born into a musical family- his father and grandfather both played bandoneon, and they raised him in Argentina’s musical traditions. He began playing bandoneon at eight years old. Recorded live, the album features Piazzolla’s "Aconcagua" concerto for bandoneon as well as four world premieres of arrangements and compositions by Mosalini.

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