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Tomás Cotik

“I was very humbled by the reaction of the critics to my first Piazzolla album, Tango Nuevo, which was released by Naxos in 2013. When Gary Burton invited us a few years ago to play a concert in a series he directed after listening to that album, I decided to use the opportunity as a challenge to create some new adaptations of works by Piazzolla that had been on my bucket list for a long time.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s death, and this second album was a perfect excuse to celebrate his legacy. These adaptations of his works are full of effects, virtuosity, fireworks and rhythmic intensity that continuously alternate with slow Piazzollean melodies.”

Tomás Cotik, violin

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921–1992)
Legacy

Tomás Cotik, Violin • Tao Lin, Piano
Alfredo Lerida, Vocals • Jeffrey Kipperman, Double Bass
Alex Wadner and Bradley Loudis, Percussion

In the year of the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s death, Argentinean-born violinist Tomás Cotik and Chinese-American pianist Tao Lin follow their critically acclaimed Tango Nuevo [8.573166] with more of Piazzolla’s richest and most exciting compositions. These fresh adaptations for mostly two or three musicians preserve and celebrate the Nuevo tango master’s legacy. ‘I think that lovers of tango music will definitely want this fascinating disc’, wrote Fanfare of Tango Nuevo.

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About the Artists
Tomás Cotik
Tomás Cotik was a first-prize winner at the National Broadcast Music Competition in his native Argentina in 1997, and the winner of the Government of Canada Award for 2003–05. An avid recording artist, Cotik currently features on more than fourteen recordings, which have received high praise from some of the best-known publications such as Fanfare, American Record Guide, DownBeat and MusicWeb International.
Tao Lin
Chinese-American concert pianist and Steinway Artist Tao Lin has performed in Asia, North America, and Europe and is renowned for his keen musical intelligence and an opulent, romantic tone. A devoted chamber musician, Lin has performed throughout the United States as a member of the Berlin Piano Quartet (with the Jacques Thibaud String Trio) and the Brahms Piano Quartet (with the St Petersburg String Quartet), among others.
The best of Astor Piazzolla’s music on Naxos
8.572596
PIAZZOLLA, A.:
Tango Distinto

Liarmakopoulos
★★★★
“The performance throughout is quite impressive, warm, soulful and contains some fabulous arrangements that are great additions to the standard solo repertoire.”
International Trombone Association Journal
8.572271
PIAZZOLLA, A.:
Sinfonía Buenos Aires
Bandoneón Concerto, ‘Aconcagua’
Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas

Binelli • Yang • Nashville Symphony Orchestra • Guerrero
“The players sound completely at home in the idiom, and Guerrero delivers bold, uninhibited interpretations across the board.”
ClassicsToday.com
8.570523
PIAZZOLLA, A.:
Maria de Buenos Aires Suite • Verano Porteño • Milonga del Ángel

Versus Ensemble • Moratalla • Rey-Joly • Ferrer
“The recording is excellent throughout, with the right degree of closeness befitting the music and seems to have been produced by the performers themselves.”
MusicWeb International
8.573166
PIAZZOLLA, A.:
Tango Nuevo

Cotik • Lin
“An exceptional point of view on Piazzolla’s broad range of work. The romance, longing and violence are all here…this disc is more pure rendering of Piazzolla’s classical side”
DownBeat Magazine ★★★★


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