Basso Bailando

Piazzolla, Rota, de Falla

‘Tango, for me, was always for the ear more than the feet’. Thus Astor Piazzolla, the man who took one of the most popular dances in the western world to great heights.

In so doing, he overstepped the border between popular and classical music time and time again. He was the master of the tango – not for bars and cafes, but for the concert hall. Perhaps his greatest achievement was to combine the classical Argentinian tango with the musical world of Debussy and Ravel, and to elevate it to ‘serious’ art.

(From liner notes by Clemens Romijn)

‘Rick Stotijn relishes the quirky humour of the tango rhythms that alternate with melodies akin to popular song in the fast-slow-fast structure of each season. There’s much to admire in the Dutchman’s soulful delivery of Piazzolla’s music, capturing the moods from the romantic to the menacing.’

– Gramophone

‘Rick Stotijn stunning playing and tone are a delight. His excellent partner is the violinist Malin Broman, and the absolute rapport between these two performers is palpable in their fiery performance of Astor Piazzolla’s Cuatro Estaciones Portenas.’

– HR Audio *****

‘Rick Stotijn is a quite amazing musician, and his gorgeous Raffaele & Antonio Gagliano sings with elegant beauty.’

– The Strad

‘Fiery passion with dancing bass.’

– Luister ****