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Ray Picot
Part of the Journeys Through the Labyrinth podcast

9 Dec +

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'My dream was to be a symphonic composer; I wanted to conduct symphony orchestras and I didn't want anything more to do with the tango because I despised it.'

Astor Piazzolla

Calling all record collectors! If you're trying to navigate your way through the dauntingly huge world of Latin Classical music, don't fear - our resident expert is here to guide you.


Join classical music addict and weekend journalist, Ray Picot, in this special EF addition of the ILAMS podcast, Journeys Through the Labyrinth, presenting an informal introduction to Astor Piazzolla's orchestral discography.

At the start of his career, Piazzolla gained a thorough grounding in orchestral writing through several years of private study with Alberto Ginastera. He would put these skills to good use throughout his career, returning to orchestral composition many times, eventually building up a considerable symphonic catalogue - most of which remains relatively unknown. Ray will highlight the key works, as well as revealing some lesser-known hidden gems in the composer's catalogue, plus, discover the seminal interpretations whilst learning about the music in context. Whether you're new to Piazzolla's music, or a seasoned aficionado, this podcast has something for everyone.

Ray Picot is Chief CD and Concert Reviewer at the Iberian & Latin American Music Society, and currently writes a popular monthly column for Echoes Magazine titled Ray's Round-Up. A regular guest speaker at recorded music societies around the country, Ray boasts an encyclopaedic knowledge of the field. Think of him as your go-to guide to Latin Classical discography!


Ray Picot host

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! Listen to the Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra performing a selection of Piazzolla's orchestral works

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Background video: Time-lapse view of the Obelisk on the Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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