Triunfal: Tango Porteño
Maurizio Najt on Piano
Alberto Quiroga on Bandoneón
Romulo Benavides on Violin
Iwaki, Guest Violinist
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 25, 2005
This is a compilation of tangos, valses, and Milongas, played in duo bandoneón and piano, with sensuality and pathos, as well as culturally accurate interpretations. Even though only two instruments are performing, one could easily dance with ease and enthusiasm to Najt and Quiroga’s Triunfal, the title work.
#1 –Triunfal – Composed by Astor Piazzolla. This slow and evocative tango is infused with contrasting rhythms, as Najt and Quiroga switch thematic leads and support its romance and resonance. Benavides blends his violin in the quietest of moments.
#5 –Milonga del Angel – Composed by Astor Piazzolla. This heart-rending and soulful work is exquisitely interpreted with seasoned sensitivity. Performed with requisite intensity, including Benavides’ searing violin solos, this tango has abstract and dissonant qualities.
#7 –Oblivion – Composed by Astor Piazzolla. One of my favorite Piazzolla works, Oblivion can tear the soul, can be reminiscent of meaningful memories, and can naturally soothe, all at once. The Najt-Quiroga interpretation of this piece is brief and poignant, with other recent interpretations much more lengthy and embellished.
#13 –La Cumparsita – Composed by Matos Rodriguez. This traditional tango drew its name from the Argentine street bands, and it is widely interpreted with a variety of nuanced enhancements. In this case, Iwaki joins Najt and Quiroga for a persuasive performance with defined rhythms and tones.