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David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2015

Born in Spain in 1981, his piano studies taking Arturo Cardelús to London and Budapest, followed by Boston to study composition, mainly in the film industry. He has now settled into a readily likeable style in the field of popular classics, here opening with a three-movement suite for chamber ensemble adapted from the soundtrack for the film 100 Miles. In three movements that are dominated by a piano ostinato that represents the sound of the train where the story takes place. Two Pieces for piano trio opens with a very familiar melody, though I cannot think where it comes from, the second movement, Lullaby moving Cardelus into the world of Minimalism. Con Aire de Tango—which gives the disc its name—moves to the influence of Piazzolla, each of the four movements picturing places that has been important in Cardelus’s life. Certainly a ‘must have’ for lovers of classical tango, the violinist, Laurentius Dinca, and the Berlin Philharmonic Soloists perfectly recreating the steamy world of Piazzolla’s night life in Argentina. Sadness was the motivating factor for the Two Pieces for violin and piano, the first taken from his music for the film, Sol; the second recalling a painful end to a relationship. That feeling spills over into the Two Piano Pieces that have the titles, Regrets and Prayer. Cardelus plays the piano in all of the tracks apart from Con Aire de Tango, the very differing piano sound coming from the use of various recording locations. A high quality middle-of-the-road release. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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