From the opening blast of Piazzolla's Sinfonia Buenos Aires, composed early in his career in 1951, we are engaged in rich, complex, and sonically arresting orchestration. Piazzolla had studied with Ginastera for five years, and the lessons learned make this strongly classical, soulful, and rhythmic work a delightful surprise. Underlying tango elements, assisted by the trademark bandoneón, are present to complete the portrait of the energetic city. Shortly afterwards, Piazzolla concentrated on his nuevo tango for smaller ensembles, but in 1979 he provided another symphonic piece, a concerto for bandoneón and string orchestra that emphasizes the wistfulness and passsion somehow integral with the instrument's timbre. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero captures the variety of moods well in this recording, and Daniel Binelli is the maestro of the bandoneón, part of Piazzolla's own New Tango Sextet. His performance of the powerful and mournful lyricism of the second movement brings tears. The third work on the album is a composite of various writings that constitute a Four Seasons in the manner of Vivaldi. Here, it is arranged for violin and strings, with Tianwa Yang as soloist. Her precision and technique in meeting the rough and romantically lyrical requirements of these unusual pieces demonstrate why she is a rising international star. Each section is its own story; there is no uniting feature, other than some baroque references and an exploration of emotions. These symphonic works make this album an excellent, very worthy addition to anyone's Piazzolla or classical collection.