Album: Artemis Quartet with Jaques Ammon, The Piazzolla Project, (Virgin Classics)

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The Independent Culture

The Artemis Quartet cellist Eckart Runge has been fascinated by the tango music of Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla since the mid-1980s, discerning in it a blend of joy and melancholy.

Over the past decade, he has collaborated with the Chilean pianist Jacques Ammon as the tango duo Celloproject, a pairing that has now been expanded to involve Runge's Artemis bandmates for these chamber pieces by Piazzolla. "Estaciones Porteñas", a vivid portrait of the four seasons as experienced in Buenos Aires, may prove to be his most enduring composition, duly rendered with restrained elan here.

DOWNLOAD THIS: 'Fuga y Misterio', 'Estaciones Porteñas'