Radek Baborák & Orquestrina

The world-famous horn player and conductor Radek Baborak with the Orquestrina ensemble, composed of top soloists and chamber musicians, completes his pioneering journey as an arranger and performer of the most famous composer of Argentine nuevo tango on the album Cuatrocientas Estaciones de Ástor Piazzolla. Absolutely unique processing of his most famous compositions and their spontaneously energetic, but at the same time lyrically deepened interpretation raises Piazzoll’s masterful compositional invention to a completely world level.

He recorded the album with the Orquestrina ensemble, the cast of which he continuously adapts to individual projects, which usually take the form of tailor-made adaptations of compositions originally created for other instruments. Baborak’s relentless desire to expand the French repertoire through such adaptations also led him to Ástor Piazzoll. In collaboration with arranger Tomáš Ile and also after consultations with violinist Fernando Suárez Paz, who was a member of Piazzoll’s famous Quintet for ten years, he presented atypical arrangements of Piazzoll’s compositions for the first time on his ensemble’s debut album in 2014 on his ensemble’s debut album and in 2019 he dedicated the entire album “Orquestriny” with the distinctive name “Piazzolla”.

In Baborák’s version, the characteristic tango sound of the bandoneon is taken over by the French horn, bass clarinet, violin and piano. With his players, Baborak enriches the catalog of sound effects used in the Piazzolla repertoire with a number of novelties, such as strikes into the French horn, tapping on the bass clarinet, prepared piano, glissanda, imitating the sounds of cicadas, sirens, etc. When interpreting Piazzol’s music, the members of “Orquestrina” often include authorial cadences, improvisations or fixed improvisations in their compositions, and they also act quite freely when using typical Piazzol ornaments.

The phenomenal horn player and conductor Radek Baborak (* March 11, 1976) has been active in the imaginary first league of world music since his youth. At the age of just eighteen, he became the first horn player of the Czech Philharmonic and later held the same position in the Munich Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic. With his instrumental mastery, he has long been one of the absolute world leaders and performs and records as a soloist with the world’s most important orchestras and conductors. After leaving the post of Berlin orchestral player in 2010, Baborak focused not only on solo performance and conducting but also on the activities of his own quintet “Baborak Ensemble”, which he expanded in 2013 to include other players in the chamber ensemble “Radek Baborak Orquestrina”, that continuously adapts to individual projects, which usually take the form of tailor-made adaptations of compositions originally created for other instrumental casts.