, September 2007
Any resemblance to Vivaldi or, for that matter, to early 20th-century neo-Baroque tendencies in Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons is strictly coincidental. These four tangos, written between 1965 and 1970 for various purposes, make a strong, integrated suite. Eichhorn and Berger are terrific players, and bring just the right amount of “down and dirty” to these performances. Their double-stop glissandos, imitating the characteristic sounds of the Argentinean bandoneón, are delicious. Berger pulls off the Grand tango in a genuine tour de force. But I must say, José Gallardo claims the first and last word. Gallardo, who is after all a native of Buenos Aires, is simply all over the piano and the results are stunning: this guy sizzles.
The sound here leaves nothing to be desired and the performances are perfectly characteristic in a fine recording. Highly recommended. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review