A Life of Tango (2004)

Mores, Arolas, Correa, Piazzolla, Filiberto, Plaza, Yupanqui, Bardi, Lepera, Fresedo, Salgon, Villoldo, Gardel, Frederico, Stamponi, Laurnez, Pugliese, Poncio

Alfredo Marcucci

In 1984 I saw him for the first time. I had just discovered the bandoneon. With his right hand he was playing a virtuoso piece, with his left hand, at the same time, he very calmly straightened his glasses. It was marvellous, the audience was in stitches. It was one of the most important tango concerts that I have ever seen. The ease, the humour with which he played on his instrument, and with such virtuosity. As soon as Carel Kraayenhof begins to speak about his master, Alfredo Marcucci, its hard to stop him. After the Dutch bandoneon player had seen Marcucci perform several times in the mid 1980s, he tried to get in touch with the Argentinian. A lively correspondence began. Alfredo sent me tips and pieces of music, pieces by Julio De Caro and Adios Nonino by Piazzolla. In 1986, Kraayenhof attended a weeklong very inspiring workshop given by Marcucci. No one in the Netherlands played the bandoneon, becoming a real bandoneon player seemed so unattainable. And then all of a sudden you encounter an incredibly sweet older man like this, a great figure in the tango world: Just sit down, my boy, Ill show you how. Alfredo was a musical father for me in those days, says Kraayenhof. I am still deeply thankful to him for that.

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Alfredo Marcucci

Marcucci first saw the light of day in 1930, in Buenos Aires, center of the tango's beating heart. Cafes, nightclubs, dance halls, patios, living rooms, every corner of the city was drenched in the melancholy of the Argentinian people, translated into sound. Every evening the numerous competing orchestras stood ready to offer their audiences danceable consolation or steamy oblivion. Any ensemble worthy of the name had four or even five bandoneon players, four violinists, a pianist, a bass player, and two singers who provided a clearly understandable text for the love and grief of the music. In the traditional tango, the singers were the stars of the show. The alternately languorous and biting rhythms and the predictable interludes were only the ground on which the poets could engrave their unhappy loves, unfulfilled desires, and burning homesickness.

In this environment, Marcucci succumbed completely to music. At an early age he already had a bandoneon on his lap, the German squeezebox that had been promoted to mouthpiece of Argentina. His uncle, the well-known orchestra leader Carlos Marcucci, taught him to play the instrument and formed the young Marcucci into a gifted bandoneonist. In order to absorb the atmosphere from the inside out, Marcucci played in various children's bands before making the leap to professional groups. "We often had only one score for the pieces that we played", Marcucci remembers. "We had to manage with that, there were no copiers at the time. The music was put on the pianist's stand and we tried to read along a little. That way I learned to play a lot of repertoire by heart." (liner notes ccs 10997)

Since 1947 Alfredo played in the big orchestras of the time: Raúl Kaplún, Carlos di Sarli, Julio de Caro. At the end of the 1950's, when the Tango got less popular he toured the world with the folklore group Los Paraguayos for 15 years. After meeting his Dutch wife he chose to stop playing professionally and starts working in a factory to be able to support his family. In 1986 he was able to retire and starts Orquesta Típica. He taught Leo Vervelde and Carel Kraayenhof, Sexteto Canyengue the art of the Bandoneón. A "second youth" starts and with Channel Classics he played in 6 projects like: ‘Timeless Tango’, ‘Touched by Tango’ and in 2004 - in honor of his 75th birthday, - ‘a life of Tango’.

Alfredo Marcucci, master of the tango, died on June 12, 2010 in Landen, Belgium at age 81. "It was a wonderful experience to work with Alfredo these last 13 years. Putting his bandoneon in his hands was like seeing a small boy with his favorite toy. His music and musical timing was extraordinary. For all the musicians that have worked with him, I can speak for them that Alfredo will be sorely missed." - Jared Sacks 

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A Life of Tango (2004)

Mores, Arolas, Correa, Piazzolla, Filiberto, Plaza, Yupanqui, Bardi, Lepera, Fresedo, Salgon, Villoldo, Gardel, Frederico, Stamponi, Laurnez, Pugliese, Poncio

Alfredo Marcucci

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Alfredo Marcucci - der letzten Vertreter der 'Epoco de Oro' des Tangos. Mit seinen beiden Kollegen erlebt er eine 'zweite Jugend' des allgemeinen Tango-Revivals und erschien 'A Life of Tango', quasi als 'opus summum' des heute 79-jahrigen Bandoneon-Virtuosen, der seine lebenslange Beschftigung mit dieser Musik als musikalischen Philosophie sieht. Diese spiegelt sich auch in seinen Interpretation nieder: ein Hand vol Melancholie in fliesenden Weichsel mit der druckvollen Kraft des pulsierenden Taktes. Das dabei der Geist der Musik, der Ausdruck eines Lebensgefhls vor der technischen Feinheit steht, hort man an einigen Unsauberheiten in seinen Spiel. Dafr spielt er aber in den lyrischen Passagen umso ausdruckstarker, schafft eine innere Spannung durch dynamische und agogische Gestaltung. Besonders positiv fallt seine scharfe, spitzige Akzentuierung auf, die bei anderen Ensemble oft zu sehr durch 'Weichspler' geglttet werden.

A Life of Tango (2004)

Mores, Arolas, Correa, Piazzolla, Filiberto, Plaza, Yupanqui, Bardi, Lepera, Fresedo, Salgon, Villoldo, Gardel, Frederico, Stamponi, Laurnez, Pugliese, Poncio

Alfredo Marcucci

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Digital Converters: Meitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Doopgezinde Kerk Deventer The Netherlands 2004
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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Taquito Militar - Milonga
Mores
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La Chachila - Tango
Arolas
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Mi Vieja Viola - Tango
Correa
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Decarisimo - Tango
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Malevaje - Tango
Filiberto
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Sensiblero - Tango
Plaza
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Los Ejes De Mi Carreta - Milonga
Yupanqui
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Danzarin - Tango
Plaza
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Gallo Ciego - Tango
Bardi
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Volvió Una Noche - Tango
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El Once - Tango
Fresedo
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án - Motivo de Vals - Vals
Salgon
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El Choclo - Tango
Villoldo
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Mano a Mano - Tango
Gardel
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Saludos - Tango
Frederico
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Pedacito de Cielo - Vals
Stamponi
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Mal De Amores - Tango
Laurnez
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Recuerdo - Tango
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Don Juan - Tango
Poncio
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Nocturna - Milonga
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