Piazzolla by Peter Hammill

The great English composer and musician, who comes from the English progressive rock of the 70s, will release in May his next album called "In Translation", his first work of covers and versions.

With his characteristic style and unique vision, he will include two songs by Piazzolla, Oblivion and Balada para mi muerte, both sung in English and adapted by him for the first time. Some time ago, consulted once by the London BBC, Hammill recognized his fanaticism for Astor and his preference for the theme Milonga del Angel, as one of his three musical works of all time. Hammill was also the musician who inaugurated the Sala Astor Piazzolla (former Auditorium) in Mar del Plata. In an exclusive report to Marcelo Gobello, host of the award-winning program La Hora de Astor Brisas on MDQ and Radio Nacional Folklórica, the musician acknowledged “it has been a pleasure (and a challenge) for me to make these two versions. For “Oblivion”, which is originally an instrumental, I first looked for versions by Italian singers, Milva’s in French and finally I found a pair in Spanish. The last version of my version is taken from one of these. Choosing to do Balada para mi Muerte ”was a natural dramatic choice for me, and although I found several outstanding versions, Amelita Baltar’s is wonderful and I was inspired by it to give it my personal touch. Finally Gobello added that: “A few years ago I gave him a photo autographed by Astor and it is the only photo of another musician that he has exhibited in his studio in Bath.”

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