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Le Grand Tango

Violist Jordan Bak performs Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango

WQXR presents Midday Masterpieces in collaboration with the Juilliard School. Violist Jordan Bak opened the 18-19 series with this performance at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in New York City, accompanied on piano by Ji Yung Lee. Recorded on September 12, 2018.

I've Seen That Face Before

Music video by Grace Jones performing I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango). (C) 1981 The Island Def Jam Music Group. From Wikipedia:

The song juxtaposes "Libertango", an Argentine tango classic written by composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla (first recorded by Piazzolla himself in 1974), against a reggae arrangement and new lyrics penned by Jones herself and Barry Reynolds. Lyrically, it describes the darker side of Parisian nightlife. The song includes spoken parts in French: "Tu cherches quoi ? À rencontrer la mort ? Tu te prends pour qui ? Toi aussi tu détestes la vie..." which translates "What are you looking for? For death? Who do you think you are? You hate life, you too..." Jones also recorded a Spanish language version of the track entitled "Esta cara me es conocida", and an English version with the French passage recited in Portuguese.

Recorded in Nassau, Bahamas, with Sly and RobbieWally Badarou, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung, and Uziah "Sticky" Thompson, aka the Compass Point Allstars under Chris Blackwell's and Alex Sadkin's direction, "I've Seen That Face Before" was released as the second single from Jones' album Nightclubbing, after "Demolition Man" made no chart impact. It met with a commercial success, reaching Top 20 in no fewer than five European countries, including number 1 in Belgium, and now counts as one of Jones' signature tunes. A longer version of the song was released on a 12" single, which is available on the Grand 12-Inches 7 CD compilation, compiled by Ben Liebrand, and also Movie Klub 80: Episode 3 compilation CD (4 Ever Music/Warner Music Poland).

The song was featured in key moments of the 1988 thriller movie Frantic, set in Paris, directed by Roman Polanski and starring Harrison Ford. The track however did not make it onto the film's accompanying soundtrack album. It also features in Raw Deal.

"I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)" has been described as "one of the highlights of Nightclubbing" and "one of the highlights of Jones' musical career".

Mais logo na Gulbenkian

O programa não é este. Destes, apenas Piazzolla marcará presença. Mas logo há Gidon Kremer e a sua Kremerata Baltica no Grande Auditório.

Live-recording from Semperoper Dresden (Dresdner Musikfestspiele)


Gidon Kremer, violin and direction
Andrei Pushkarev, percussion
Kremerata Baltica


Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No.10 — Shostakovish: Violin Sonata
Sibelius: Rakastava, op. 14 — Sallinen: Chamber Music III
Piazzolla: Fuga y Mistero
Nino Rota: La Dolce Vita
Sempre Primavera: compiled by Gidon Kremer for violin, percussion and strings with music by Poleva, Beethoven, Desyatnikov, Piazzolla


Gidon Kremer is and has always been one of the most headstrong and original artists in the music business and he was once hailed by Herbert von Karajan as the world’s best violinist. He celebrated his 60th birthday in 2007 and he has always kept himself young
musically with his spontaneity and a readiness to take risks. In his artistic development over the past 25 years, Kremer often found himself functioning as a crossover figure as he discovered fresh routes through well-trodden paths in music. It was in this spirit, that his fine young ensemble Kremerata Baltica, which he founded by bringing together young musicians from the Baltic states, presents music by Mahler, Shostakovish, Sibelius, Sallinen, Piazzolla, Rota and a cycle called “Sempre Primavera” compiled by himself.

Kremerata Baltica is a chamber orchestra consisting of young talented musicians from Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania). It was founded by Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer in 1997.

Astor Piazzolla y Quinteto Tango Nuevo


(Ao vivo em Utrecht em 1986)


1- Michelangelo 70'

2- Milonga del Angel

3- Escualo

4- Adios Nonino

5- La Muerte del Angel

6- Resurrección del Angel

7- Decarisimo

8- Verano Porteno

9- Fracanapa


Astor Piazzolla - bandoneón
Fernando Suarez Páz - violino
Héctor Console - contrabaixo
Oscar Lopez Ruiz - guitarra
Pablo Ziegler - piano