Piazzolla Video, December, 2010

There were 1090 videos of Piazzolla’s music posted on YouTube in the month of December, 2010, an increase of 127% over the same month in 2009. 622 (57%) of the videos were performance videos featuring live performances. The others were videos which used Piazzolla’s music as a sound track for photo or video montages. I highlighted my journey through these many videos in my Piazzola on Video blog which I hope some of you have visited.

Forty-five percent of the performance videos were in the classical mode, 13% in jazz, 17% in nuevo tango and 25% in pop.

Here are the most frequently performed pieces this month (Libertango was the most frequently played – 31% of the total; the others follow in order):


1. Libertango
2. Oblivion
3. Adios Nonino

4. Invierno Porteño

5.
Verano Porteño
6. Milonga del ángel
7. Histoire du tango – Nightclub 1960
8. Otoño Porteño
9. Histoire du tango – Bordel 1900

10.
Histoire du tango – Café 1930

The top three on this list seem to be fairly stable month-to-month but the bottom seven change every month.

The performance videos came from 60 different countries.  Argentina posted the most videos: 98.  The top ten posting countries are listed in order here:

1. Argentina
2.
Italy
3.
Spain
4.
Russia
5.
USA
6.
Japan
7.
Brazil
8.
Greece
9.
France
10.
Netherlands

There were six Piazzolla originals  posted. Three had been previously posted but three were new to YouTube.  Two of those were from the movie, Astortango. One of those featured a symphonic performance of Adios Nonino, the other contained no Piazzolla performances but did include some Piazzolla family photos not available elsewhere.  The third video was from Brazilian television and contains fragments from a quintet performance of Invierno Porteño and an Amelita Baltar performance with the quintet of Balada para un loco.


There were a large variety of performance groups:

  • 98 Solos
  • 146 Duets
  • 75 Trios
  • 69 Quartets
  • 62 Quintets
  • 14 Sextets
  • 62 Medium Ensembles (7 to 12 musicians)
  • 96 Large Ensembles (More than 12 musicians)

I viewed and rated all the performances.  I rated performances primarily on performance skills and quality of interpretation - necessarily, very qualitative and personal judgments.  My ratings:

  • 206 Outstanding (5 on the old YouTube scale)
  • 185 Very Good
  • 209 Good
  • 21 Fair
  • 1 Poor

Quality of performance varied from excellent to bizarre. My choice for Best of the Month is the flute/guitar duo of Marco Ferraguto and Andrea Pace playing Otono Porteño. The music is played elegantly and sensitively with excellent production values.

The choice for most bizarre this month is this song and dance performance of Libertango which I find quite unusual but appealing.

Best Video of the Month

Otono Porteño

Most Bizarre Video of the Month

Libertango

Full Listing of December, 2010 Piazzolla Videos on YouTube

Piazzolla Videos Posted in December, 2010

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