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Infodad.com, December 2014

The performances…first-rate on a new Naxos CD of the music of Argentine composer and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla…The attractively edgy playing of Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin is the main attraction of Tango Nuevo, which is musically something of a hodgepodge. The performances by Cotik (who is himself from Argentina) and Lin [are] by turns warm, sultry, bright, rhythmically intense and brilliantly ornamented… © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review



James Tobin
Classical Net, October 2014

This recording…[is] recommended, not only for the considerable listening pleasure it offers, but also for the varied and satisfying feast of the different stylistic forms it displays. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



Maria Nockin
Fanfare, September 2014

Some of the music is sultry while other works are fast, rhythmic, and ornamented to show the exquisite virtuosity of Cotik and Lin. They finish with a rousing dance called Libertango. It is a perfect finale for this CD of catchy, toe-tapping music. Many other artists have recorded Piazzolla’s works, but not with violin and piano. The sound on this disc is clear and the performances precise. I think that lovers of tango music will definitely want this fascinating disc. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Jon Garelick
DownBeat Magazine, September 2014

…an exceptional point of view on Piazzolla’s broad range of work. Cotik and Lin view the scope of Piazzolla’s work through the lens of the violin-piano sonata, as rigorous and detailed as Piazzolla is likely to get, but also with free expression. The romance, longing and violence are all here…this disc is more pure rendering of Piazzolla’s classical side… © 2014 DownBeat Magazine Read complete review



Gregory Hall
Compositional Improvisations, June 2014

The playing here is in so many ways exemplary…

…this transcription gets its rhythmic energy from the classically-born marcatos, spiccatos, and overall accented playing of these gifted performers. © 2014 Compositional Improvisations Read complete review



Niel McKim
BBC Music Magazine, March 2014

I’m enjoying exploring the music of Piazzolla, the legendary tango composer, on a disc by Argentinian violinist Tomas Cotik and pianist Tao Lin. It’s fascinating to read Cotik’s insightful liner notes about the well-travelled composer, and then to hear how he interprets the passionate music of his great countryman. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



Byzantion
MusicWeb International, January 2014

…there is no question that this disc is, by some distance, Naxos’s best Piazzolla recording, one which probably gives the music connoisseur a good fifty percent of all the Piazzolla he or she needs to know… © 2014 MusicWeb International



Robert W. Plyle
ObserverToday.com, January 2014

I like Cotik’s recording very much. The driving rhythms of tango are present throughout and it can guide a listener’s mood from pensive and intense to emotional and excited, with ease. The violin’s tone is precise and clean. The interaction with the piano is similar to the intricacy with which the feet of tango dancers often intertwine.

The technical qualities of the recording…are excellent. © 2014 ObserverToday.com Read complete review



John Terauds
Musical Toronto, November 2013

The Piazzolla album is not just Cotik as brilliant interpreter—his virtuosic flame burns brightly as well as lightly, while not neglecting the quiet joys of glowing embers in more reflective passages—but also as creative mind. Seven of the pieces on the album are Cotik’s own arrangements, written to showcase his phenomenal technique as well as capturing the full rhythmic energy of the music.

Lin is an able, enthusiastic and equally fiery collaborator throughout.

In short, this album is a treat from start to finish—not just for fans of Piazzolla’s music, but for anyone who appreciates the art of playing the violin. © Musical Toronto Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2013

As an appointed expert on the music of the Argentinean composer, Astor Piazzolla, I have a steady trickle of new releases to review, this one among the very best. It starts out with the advantage of having the brilliant Argentinean violinist, Tomas Cotik, who is also responsible for most of the arrangements. The present performances ooze with the feel of smoochy dance halls of Argentina where the Tango began, and which was to form the basis of everything Piazzolla composed. Is it classical music? Well in the hands of Cotik it most certainly is, his technical command of the instrument absolutely impeccable, with intonation in the centre of every note, and his left hand flying around the fingerboard with remarkable agility. As he bends notes and slides around to create the mood of the music, you begin to wonder what this duo could do for the great jazz classics, the Chinese-American pianist, Tao Lin, an ideal and outgoing partner…this is one of the great Piazzolla discs, and in perfect sound quality, I urge you to buy it. © 2013 David’s Review Corner






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