On his new album ”Piazzolla 100”, violinist Rudens Turku, some of his musical friends (among them the famous Dutch accordion player Carel Kraayenhof) and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn celebrate the Argentine musician and composer Astor Piazzolla: The South American tango revolutionary would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.
The pieces on this album – in instrumentations ranging from duo violin/piano to arrangements for solo instruments and orchestra – cover a broad spectrum of Piazzolla’s oeuvre. Of particular importance to violinist Rudens Turku is the piece “Le grand Tango”, written in Paris in 1982. Originally for cello and piano, it can be heard here in an arrangement for violin, cello and piano. “To reproduce the spirit of the music and to provide the musicians with a joy of playing and excitement”, was the intention of arranger Alexander Krampe for this and other pieces: This intention communicates itself immediately and directly.
Rudens Turku is the ideal soloist for his complex and gripping compositions. Gramophone praises his seriousness and musical intelligence: “Rudens Turku displays a fiery zeal, seriousness of purpose and clear-headed intelligence…. “