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  • Audio CD (March 17 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: AUS-Import
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000024582
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
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1. Cruz del Sur
2. Salón de Tango
3. Milonga de los morenos
4. .. y solos
5. Miserere
6. El apriete
7. .. y se encaminó hacia el destierro
8. Recitativo final

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Kultrum / Rosamunde String Quartet


Bandoneonist and composer Dino Saluzzi has the long shadow of Astor Piazzolla to contend with, and on Kultrum he extends his countryman's chamber music explorations with the Munich-based Rosamunde String Quartet. Saluzzi plays with the quartet as his orchestra, keeping a parallel track for the bandoneon to play rhythmically against the longer violin and cello tones and then reverse roles, himself playing magnificent sheets as the strings jut out. But even "Salón de tango" sounds off to the left of anything recognizably tango, with puzzle pieces laying about that create the dance energy only when taken together. It's hard to get out from under Piazzolla's shadow with a bandoneon in hand, and while Saluzzi is certainly not trying to skirt influences, he moves quickly into a territory where the strings have diverse roles here, making the eight pieces feel more genuinely chamber-like than some of Piazzolla's works. In any case, Kultrum is undeniably an important move in the small circle of chamber music for bandoneon. --Andrew Bartlett

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99bf1d98) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9c6a7b64) out of 5 stars Error in the Amazon review March 25 2006
By These Letters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You should note that the review above refers to another version of the "Kultrum" compositions--the record Saluzzi put out with the Rosamunde String Quartet. The "Kultrum" album on this page is actually solo bandoneon music by Saluzzi playing these compositions in their first appearance on record.
By David Keymer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the third album by the distinguished Argentinian performer-composer that I have reviewed in the space of a few weeks: all three have been first rate. (The other two are a newly released album of compositions for piano by Saluzzi, performed by pianist Horacio Lavandera [Imagenes- Music for Piano, ECM, 2015] and an album of duets between Saluzzi on bandoneon and cellist Anja Lechner [Ojos Negros, ECM, 2007]. What all three have in common is the composer –Saluzzi, who wrote all of the compositions except for the traditional song, “Ojos Negros,” on the album of that title. He is a brilliant writer of musical pieces –most not long, seven or eight, maybe ten minutes—but played with the passion and sensitivity that infuses both his writing and his playing. That’s the key to his composing style. He writes like he plays, it’s rubato music, with changing pulse and intensity as fits the playing out on instruments of his ideas. This album is especially interesting (and moving) in this regard because it juxtaposes Saluzzi’s tango-inspired giant squeezebox against a classical string quartet, one sympathetic to his very different feeling for time, it is true, but a quartet most used to playing standard meter classical music nonetheless. The dominant voice in this quartet is not the first violinist but the cellist, Anja Lechner, who had long expressed her passion for the tango and all musics Latin American and who would nine years later record an album of duets with Saluzzi. The obvious comparison with this exquisite album is Astor Piazzolla, of course, not his album with the Kronos Quartet (Five Tango Sensations, Elektra, 1991) but in a more generalized sense some of the occasional music he wrote for mixed groups. The shifting of the rhythm with shifts in emotional intensity –subtle speedings up and slowings down—and the borrowings from the tango repertoire –these remind me of Piazzolla. But Saluzzi is far from a clone of his older confrere, a master in his own stead. And that leads me to my second comparison. The strong sections call to mind portions of Ravel’s marvelous string quartet in F major, written in 1903. That is one of my favorite pieces –kind of impressionism without the vagueness, more rigorously classical but with an impressionistic sensibility to it. Good heavens! I just wrote my description of the music in Kultrum! Replace the word “impressionistic” with “tango” and you’ve got it. Whatever you call it, this is exceptionally fine music played by superior artists. It sounds good as background music but invites close and repeated listening. I don’t know what more one could ask from an album like this.
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HASH(0x9afaecf0) out of 5 stars The "original" Kultrum is not to surpass Nov. 17 2014
By Akos Szilvasi - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a beautiful music recorded the usual spectacular quality of ECM. However, for me, no refinement can surpass Dino Saluzzi's original Kultrum solo recording. That is cultural treasure.