Trio Cordilleras was formed in Boulder, Colorado in 2006. A Cordillera, both in English and Spanish, is a chain of mountains, like the one that stretches out along the Americas from Argentina to Canada. Trio Cordilleras has premiered works by Argentine composers Luis Gonzalez and Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, and performs works by composers of the Americas and Spain. The trio's first CD, ”Las Puertas del Tiempo: the Music of Luis Jorge Gonzalez,” released by Meridian Records in 2009, was warmly received by the specialised press.
The tango is more than a dance or song. As a symbol of passion, transgression and desire it has sparked the imagination of countless artists, writers and musicians in its 100 years of existence. The pieces on this CD bear witness to the dazzling history and irresistible nature of the tango. They include arrangements of early classical tangos as well as examples of its transformation in the 1960s. It also features works by contemporary classical composers inspired by the genre.
The tango was born at the end of the 19th century in the Plata River region, which comprises Buenos Aires, in Argentina and Montevideo, in Uruguay. A typical urban genre, it was born as a fusion of elements brought to these cities by immigrants from the countryside and from Europe. Born as music for the lower classes and performed in brothels and bars, the tango was not well regarded among the wealthier society until it became popular abroad, especially in France and England in the 1920s.
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