A little song: Cherkassky plays the Albeniz-Godowsky Tango

tangoThis little Tango by Isaac Albeniz was something I discovered as a kid–it is one of the first pieces  in “59 Piano Solos You Love to Play,” and I strummed through it many times. But a few years back, I discovered that the great virtuoso Leopold Godowsky made an arrangement that refracted it through something that almost seemed bi-tonal. The main tune is there, but there are other voices murmuring away in other rooms, a wonderful effect.

There are many fetching performances, but Shura Cherkassky’s may be the best.

 

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