Showing posts from September 20, 2009

TangoOz - quite wonderful

On Saturday at twilight we set off for Sydney's Conservatorium of Music, crossing the harbour in one of our quaint old ferries and making our way to the top of the hill where the Con. commands a corner of the Botanic Gardens. Our purpose was to listen to TangoOz, initiative of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, led by Maggie Ferguson. We were very sad to miss the orchestra when they played in July under the baton of Ignacio Varchausky and were determined not to miss them this time. They only played five pieces, but each very different. Beginning with Carlos di Sarli's 'Organito de la Tarde' which they played more in the style of di Sarli's 1940s arrangements, they followed with Redencion, a work of Alfredo Gobbi's, then one I didn't know 'Absurdo' with superb vocals from a young tenor, Camilo Lascano. Two tango favourites followed - 'Gallo Ciego' composed by Agustin Bardi and a raw 'La Yumba' one of Pugliese's most well-known. We loved