Duo Praxedis makes musical magic with Piazzolla’s New Tangos

Praxedis Hug-Rütti, harp and Praxedis Geneviève Hug, piano are the Praxedis Duo, and in their double CD PIAZZOLLA (ARS38592) for ARS PRODUKTION they bring to vivid life seventeen pieces by Astor Piazzolla that range from the large scale Le Grand Tango to the multi-faceted Tangata which seems to salute Debussy from the shores of the River Plate before kicking up its heels.

A casual look at what recorded music by Piazzolla is available and who plays it will reveal that cellists, pianists, violinists, chamber orchestras and, of course, Piazzolla himself on the Bandoneón have embraced this vibrantly varied music from the southernmost country in the Americas. But a duo made up of harp and piano playing Piazzolla’s angular, muscular New Tango? Not that I can recall… So it is with complete delight that I report that the results of this initiative are wonderful.

Hug-Rütti’s plays with consummate technique, summoning from what is, essentially a lyrical, melodic instrument all the necessary colors, dynamics and rhythmic drive of a one-person orchestra. Geneviève Hug has full command of her instrument, providing percussiveness when needed, melody when essential, contrapuntal tension and release at times, and harmonic underpinning throughout. Together the two accomplished artists create musical magic in this indispensable album.

Praxedis Hug-Rütti, harp Praxedis Geneviève Hug, piano play Astor Piazzolla’s Revirado… Introducción al Ángel… Muerte del Ángel… Milonga del Ángel…Violentango Undertango…Michelangelo…Tangata…Decarísimo…Adios Nonino…Suite Porteña de Balle…Libertango…Buenos Aires Hora Cero…Verano Porteño…Fuga y misterio…Oblivion…