Three years after Astor Piazzolla’s birth in Argentina in 1924, his family moved to New York City. Presumably to connect him with his origins, his father bought him a bandoneon, which he mastered at the age of nine. Already as a young man Piazzolla was considered a serious composer and serious touring musician. When she heard his early classical pieces, his teacherr, Nadia Boulanger, compared them to Ravel, Bartok and Stravinsky, but missed Piazzolla’s personal signature. When she heard him play a tango after talking him into playing it, she shouted, “Only play this, throw away the rest!”


Everything that happened after is well-known history, but similar to Piazzolla’s passion and personal signature, Jovica Ivanović also aspires to follow his true inspirations, let his experiences in life flow into his music, and share the passion given by Piazzolla’s compositions with his audience.


Piazzolla’s Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, string orchestra, and percussion was commissioned by the Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires in 1979 and praised at its premiere in December 1979, probably because Piazzolla himself played the bandoneon solo in the years after the premiere. His own love for this piece went so far that he described the recording from 1987 as one of the most outstanding recordings of his entire career.




Richard Galliano was heavily talented and influenced by the art around him, so when he met the Argentinean composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla in 1980, he let himself be encouraged to create the French “New Musette.”


Finally, the accordionist Jovica Ivanović seizes Galliano’s Opale Concerto for accordion and string orchestra to show the positive and vibrant culture to which both accordionists contributed in their times. As a mixture of raw Balkan, nostalgic Parisian and bustling American influences, Galliano’s own performances were filled with passion, confidence and high-quality entertainment and featured virtuosity as well as seductive emotion right after each other. This binds the two together and arises when Ivanović combines his Balkan-filled temper with Galliano’s and Piazzolla’s music.


The passion, liveliness, and uniqueness of PIAZZOLLA & GALLIANO CONCERTOS emphasises Ivanović’s dedicated and intense approach to combine different vivacities as well as to fully merge into the fiery temper of the chosen works. — Daniela Syczek



Savo Ivanović:

The paths of my music led me from classical training to passionate interpretations of nature and culture of the human being. Just as life takes you places when you let it happen, I let my music connect me with great musicians. Therefore, when I met Valeriy Sokolov, I found new inspiration and committed myself to an amazing experience. He had founded the Ukrainian Chamber Orchestra and I took great pride in having the chance to work with them and the conductor Vitaliy Protasov while performing together and learning from each other. The goal and extraordinary aspect about this project is the careful selection of music that is dear to me, that I can not only relate to, but feel in different vivacities every time I perform them. I chose Piazzolla and Galliano to be my companions on this fulfilling journey of presenting my close relationship to folk music and am very thankful for the cooperation, inspiration, and comfort their music and the orchestra offered me.


This experience took place at a time of my life during which my father was seriously ill and I was not sure I would have the strength to perform and work on sharing my music with others. At the same time, being on stage and recording these powerful and passionate concertos Piazzolla and Galliano had written, surely not only experiencing positive things either, encouraged me to proceed with this album and helped me focus, completing the album while also being there for my family. Sadly, my father passed away some months after the production of the album was finished, and it is of great honour and importance to me to dedicate it to him. Thank you, Savo, for your support and being my ultimate inspiration. You enabled me, you encouraged me generously, although or because you wanted to be a musician yourself and never got the chance to perform professionally. Your intense connection with music shaped me, our relationship and the way I perceive the world. When I play, I can feel you, still.


 — Story by Jovica Ivanović, Text by Daniela Syczek

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