A Solo Piano Recital of Tangos by British Composers
From 25 Feb 2022 +
(Postponed from 11 Dec 2021)
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Filmed in Santa Fé, Argentina
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A very sensitive interpreter who was able to capture, like no other pianist before her, Guastavino's message.'
Association of Argentine Music Critics
Despite how it sounds, the notion of 'Anglo-Tango' is perhaps not entirely the oxymoron that it might seem. This programme of tangos for solo piano, written exclusively by 20th-century and living British classical composers, offers not only an idiosyncratic exercise in musical border-crossing, but also opens a window onto the particularly British iterations of the longstanding infatuation the tango has engendered globally since the first international tango craze of the 1910s. These tangos, on the one hand displaying a broad and eclectic range of highly individualistic and innovative approaches to the genre, also reveal British composers in dialogue with each other, forging something approaching a collective national tango style. Spanning almost a century, they range from Walton's precedent-setting 'Tango-Pasodoble' to contributions by other grandees of British composition such as Rodney Bennett, Finnissy, Nyman and Birtwistle, alongside a plethora of other pre-eminent names from the British contemporary classical canon.
Returning this gesture of cultural diplomacy and bringing some indigenous verve to the programme is the virtuoso Argentine pianist, Lilia Salsano, who performs the programme from her native province of Santa Fé.
Anthony Burgess Tango
Antony Hopkins Tango
Bryan Kelly Tango
Colin Bayliss A Tentative Tango
Damian Rees Little My
Dave Smith 'Tango' from 1st Piano Concert
David Matthews One to Tango
Harrison Birtwistle Betty Freeman: Her Tango
James Henshall ¡SaTango!
John White Sonata No. 108
Leonard Salzedo Tango
Malcolm Fox Last Tango in Valhalla
Michael Finnissy Tango
Michael Nyman A Neat Slice of Tango
Nikki Kemp Tango Turmoil
Peter Reynolds Tango
Richard Rodney-Bennett Tango after Syrinx
Rob Keeley Pentango
Robin Holloway 32 Bars of Tango
William Walton Tango-Pasodoble
Lilia Salsano piano
Programme curation by Helen Glaisher-Hernández
Lilia Salsano is considered one of the pre-eminent Argentine pianists of her generation. Since graduating from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral she has garnered numerous prizes both nationally and internationally, and also performs frequently at home and abroad. Most recently she has appeared at the Martha Argerich Festival of Buenos Aires, and as a guest soloist with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra at Argentina's Teatro Colón. In 2021 she was also selected to take part in the official Piazzolla centenary celebrations at the Centro Cultural Kirchner. A passionate ambassador for contemporary music and Argentine composers, her 2019 landmark recording of Guastavino's complete solo piano music was the first to be undertaken by a single pianist. She has also recorded the world premiere album of the complete piano music of Virtú Maragno, and has performed numerous other world premieres, including many pieces dedicated specially to her. Salsano is the resident pianist of the Provincial Symphony Orchestra of Santa Fé and currently a Faculty member at the Antonio Fuentes del Arco Liceo Municipal of Santa Fé.
Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2021 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, with the kind support of the Embassy of Argentina
SNEAK PEEK! Lilia Salsano performs Guastavino
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Background video: Time-lapse view of the Obelisk on the Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires, Argentina