“Libertango” was written by an Argentine tango composer bandoneon player and arranger Astor Piazzolla.
He is famous for revolutionizing the traditional tango into a new style called tango nuevo. The new form achieved a lot of success worldwide, and many artists felt intrigued to do a contemporary cover of tango. This composition has appeared on over 500 separate releases.
Grace Jones, Jazz Mandolin Project, Guy Marchand and Kati Kovács have all used “Libertango” music in one way or another. We’re about to show you how Berlin Philharmonic did it back in 2014.
For those who don’t know, tango is one of the most influential dances.
It’s a world classic in dance and music.
As a musical genre, tango emerged in the Rio de la Plata at the end of the 19th century. At that time, Buenos Aires received ships full of European immigrants, and there was also a lot of African traffic. Different cultural origins fused, and the result is a well-known tango.
The enthusiasm for tango in Europe, North America and Japan began after it was danced in Paris in 1910.
Argentina’s Golden Age marked its start in 1930, and tango appeared in many Hollywood movies ever since.
Maybe you knew this, maybe not, but December 11th is celebrated worldwide as the National Tango Day.
Passionate, fierce and emotional—that’s one of the best ways to describe tango. What we love the most is that every country tackles the famous tango and gives it a try. Germany has also had its fair share of famous composers, which is why we understand that Berlin Philharmonic wanted to do a tango rendition.
What Berlin musicians did here is quite impressive!
You know good music when you hear it. We find it emotional to see countries come closer together through the universal language: music. The Berlin Philharmonic incorporated cajón in their rendition, and it gives quite a charm to the overall sound. “Libertango” in Berlin can be described as a fully international musical project. The musicians managed to capture the heated passion of the original tango and deliver it in their own way.
This is what happens when a Spanish guitar, an accordion and a full orchestra meet to play tango.
Seeing the video made us feel completely differently about the accordion, and we felt every note. Argentinians probably feel proud after seeing how marvelously people interpret their musical treasure.
Piazzolla was the innovator of tango.
He made the popular piece of music more known to the rest of the world, and he opened the door of experimenting with tango. Subsequently, other artists dared to do different things, and that’s how the dance of embrace in love got numerous contemporary versions.
One of them is this Berlin version done by Aydar Gaynullin and Friends.
Gaynullin is the man behind the accordion. He is a well-known button accordion player, vocalist, composer and member of the Cinematography Academy.
Aydar has performed in some of the best concert halls of the world: Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonics, Gaveau Hall Paris, Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kennedy Center Washington, Moscow International House of Music, the State Kremlin Palace and many others.
Since it was posted, the video has earned nearly nine million views!
Berlin Philharmonic tango performance was published on Gaynullin’s official YouTube channel.
His colleagues were also credited in the video description, and we love the fact that there are more ways in which different cultures intertwine every day.
One of the best forms for that is music—and passionate music like tango is the best starting option.
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