Two Hands to Tango
Tango fantasies on original and traditional compositions, played with flair and passion.
As a performer of tango music I have always been fascinated by the unique sound of the bandoneón and how the instrument is used in solo arrangements and compositions. Performing together with bandoneón players and writing for the instrument as an arranger/composer has inspired me to adapt some of the techniques and interpretational aspects into my own piano playing. I wanted to see if I could incorporate the multilayered, flowing and improvisational manner of playing - constantly changing focus between the bass, chords, and melodic structures, rather than trying to do all at once as often as possible, like an orchestral reduction. This approach can be heard throughout the album and is taken to the extreme in El Marne, which is a bandoneón arrangement adapted for the piano. The melting point is the tribute composition “Tristezas de un doble S” where Piazzolla’s «Alfred Arnold» bandoneón is replaced by «Steinway and Sons».
Los Mareados: A musical poem of the great classic tango Sentimiento Tanguero: Lucio Demare meets Håkon Skogstad Tango del Angel: A piano adaptation tribute to Leopoldo Federico and his orchestra’s arrangement Milonga Impromptu: A retrospective composition where Chopin meets tango Felicia: In memory of the late Horacio Salgán Sur: A rhapsodic arrangement flirting with the original Norte: North contrasting South - A Norwegian “tanguero” composition El Marne: A piano adaptation of Leopoldo Federico’s bandoneón arrangement Canaro en Paris: Salgán meets Horowitz in this concert paraphrase arrangement Tristezas de un doble S: Exploring the bandoneónesque sounds of Piazzolla on the piano
HÅKON MAGNAR SKOGSTAD