Astor Piazolla & Zemtsov Viola Quartet - Verano Porteno (Astor Piazolla)
From the album "Zemtsov Viola Quartet (2013)
Label: Navis Classics
Zemtsov Viola Quartet's website: zemtsov.info
The Zemtsov Viola Quartet consists of four family members, all playing the viola: Mikhail Zemtsov, Alexander Zemtsov, Julia Dinerstein and Dana Zemtsov. All 4 have studied with the great Russian viola virtuoso Michael Kugel. Each of them pursues a brilliant professional solo career. Together, they perform rarely heard classical compositions and arrangements for four violas. Their debut appearance as a Viola Quartet was in 2010 at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. This was the start of a series of concerts in which they impress and inspire their international audience with familiar and unknown pieces for Viola Quartet.
Astor Piazzolla was the most famous Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player and arranger of the 20th century. His oeuvre revolutionised the traditional tango into a new style termed ‘tango nuevo’, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music.
Verano Porteno is a demonstration of how to record a string quartet. Although this is some of the most difficult music to record, on this recording you can actually hear the individual instruments. On the track, the instruments are precisely positioned and the beautiful piece of music indicates the width of the stereo image.
To realise the full potential of this music requires a tweeter of high quality and this classical piece of music is a pleasure to both listen to and to test your speakers with. The track is one of our classical favorites and we of course wanted to have it on the new DALI CD.