‘Billed as a Night of the Tango, this Latin American extravaganza from a seriously on form- WA Symphony Orchestra showed what could be achieved by exciting, well-conceived program with a worl-class soloist and a truly inspirational conductor.
The big drawcard here was the set of masterpieces by that genius of the nuevo tango, Astor Piazzolla. But standing either side of this sensual oasis were two rarely heard orchestral behemoths that all but shook the building to its very foundations.———–In terms of performance, the Ginestera set the bar high. From the thumping dance of the Farm Workers to the final coruscating Malambo, the WASO fairly erupted under the baton of dynamic Estonian born conductor Kristjan Jarvi. The audience, feeling similary unrestrained, applauded enthusiastically after each of its movements. Suddenly the thunder subsided as master bandoneonista Carel Kraayenhof joined a much-reduced orchestra for the Piazzolla. Standing up, the accordion-like bandoneon stretched across a raised knee, Kraayenhof managed to coax an incredible array of sounds from his instruments.Piazzolla’s moving tribute to his father, Adios Nonino, was especially stylish in its nuanced phrasing, while an unaccompanied solo in the second movement, Chorale from Punta del Este, gave Kraayenhof an opportunity to display the rich harmonic resources of the bandoneon to perfection.Best of all, though, was the Milonga del Angel-often merely saccharine in the wrong hands but here infused with a bittersweet quality.—————-everyyone was on the edge of their seat.This was playing and conducting of such intensity as we are unlikely to hear again in a long time. The lengthy standing ovation said it all.’
‘The West Australian’ by William Yeoman