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Angel VILLOLDO/Enrique DISCEPOLO/Juan Carlos CATAN: El Choclo
Geraldo RODRIGUEZ/Pascual CONTURSI/Enrique MARONI: La Cumparsita
Peter BREINER/Ján STRASSER: Miss Mendacity
Julián PLAZA: Nostalgico
Astor PIAZZOLLA: Adios, Nonino
Tito RIBERO/L. Diaz VÉLEZ: La milonga y yo
Pascual De GRILLO: Lágrimas v sonrisas
Cole PORTER: So in Love
Astor PIAZZOLLA: Oblivion
Jacob GADE: Jealousy Tango
Astor PIAZZOLLA: Lo que vendra
Alfredo GOBBI: Orlando Goni
Francisco CANARO: Nobeza de Arrahal
Julián PLAZA: Melancolico
Razumovsky Orchestra/Peter Breiner
NAXOS 8.557004 [67.09]

This compilation comprises modern tango arrangements by the Slovak composer and pianist, Peter Breiner. His arrangements of this easy-listening disc are focused more on the playing by a group of instrumentalists than an orchestra as the booklet suggests. The orchestra, at least in this configuration, is more the dimensions of a dance band and is misleading in its labelling.

In many cases the essence of a number is carried by solo flute (well-played with an amount of improvisation by Sefika Kutluer). Rhythmic support is regularly provided by the other instrumentalists and consequently this puts many of the numbers in a similar mood. Some of the solo work could have been handed to the trumpet to extend the range of colour.

From time to time strings enter a piece, but generally more as support in the form of textural chords than integration with the structure of the melody. The opening of track 11 is given to the strings, and we feel that at last there is a departure from the stock formula, but not for long as the flute comes bouncing in to pinch the theme as is usually the case. Sadly, the brass are underused in these arrangements yet Boris Lenko's accordion is effectively used to convey a Parisian feel.

Guy Rowland gives good notes that provide useful historical background to the pieces. I found its reading interesting. The material is rather closely recorded for my liking though I admit it suits the idiom.

Raymond Walker

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