This recording of tangos began with the idea of writing music that could allow for freedom of improvisation while adhering to the composer’s intent. Composer Pablo Ortiz began writing works for cello, multiple cellos and cellos with other string instruments while exploring the concept of original composition versus transcription, or music inspired by other music. His colleague Anssi Karttunen began transcribing music as well, using music of classic tangos, both from Argentina and Finland. Thus the listener will experience original compositions in the tango idiom along with transcriptions and arrangements of classic tangos. It is often hard to tell whether the composer is the interpreter or the interpreter the composer. This is a study in freedom and the shifting line between invention and re-invention. The two different kinds of tangos - those from Argentina and those from Finland give different shades to the nostalgia and sadness they are both about.
"...an interesting disc. if you are a fan of tangos and milongas played by string instrumetns ... you will certainky be fascinatd by it."
Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - November/December 2013