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Monday, January 23, 2006

CD REVIEW - La Puta y la Ballena

La Puta y la Ballena
Music by Andres Goldstein and Daniel Tarrab
Mellowdrama Records MEL104 (U.K.)
19 Tracks 54:22 mins

I am so glad that Mellowdrama has so enthusiastically embraced this score, which was only previously available in Argentina and hard to track down abroad.
Composers Goldstein and Tarrab first came to my attention through Chandos Records' release of their moving score for 2002's Some Who Lived, which was nominated as Best Classical Music Album in Argentina's own Gardel Awards; and I remember thinking at the time that I hoped to hear more from them in the future. Well, this score was for a 2004 film, directed by Academy Award winning director Luis Puenzo, a tale which spans some seventy years in Buenos Aires of the 1930s to present day Patagonia. It is described as portraying "the spiritual re-awakening of a female journalist who is researching the passionate affair between a photographer, a prostitute, and a blind tango musician."
As such, tango is an important element of the score, featuring the traditional voice of tango in Argentina, the bandonean, expertly performed by Nestor Marconi, also with telling violin and viola solos by Luis Roggero and Gustavo Massun, with the orchestral score, particularly rich in the string writing, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic Orchestra of the Republica Argentina.
The dramatic score has a delicate beauty, with an overall melancholy feel, but with optimistic and romantic moments. The composers initially wrote two tangos, La Lamparita and Matilde, which form the basis for the main thematic material in the film, but they are also to be heard in their original form at the end of the album, where they are gathered together with other tangos by Julian Plaza, Francisco De Caro and Miguel Bucino, all played by a tango quartet.
With both composers nominated as Best Composer and Discovery of the Year for this soundtrack at the 2004 World Soundtrack Awards in Belgium, and then nominated again for Deuda last year, I hope they will soon make their mark on more internationally made films.
The CD is accompanied by an extremely informative booklet, with detailed notes on both the film and its score, together with biographies of the composers.


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