Guitar-as-Chamber-Instrument Week, #3: Pascal Bournet and Cindy Descamps (clarinet) Play Piazzolla’s Emotional ‘Oblivion’

To celebrate (and amplify) the Special Focus section in the new Spring 2019 issue of Classical Guitar, we’re posting a different video of a guitarist in combination with other instruments all week!

Paris-born guitarist Patrick Bournet has lived in Argentina, so it’s no surprise that he has been influenced by the great Astor Piazzolla. Although Bournet has been around for decades, I first heard him on an excellent disc he made a couple of years ago called Tango Paris-Buenos Aires, which also featured  violinist Corinne Basseux and clarinetist Cindy Descamps on several tracks each, playing music by Piazzolla, Adrian Politi, and Bornet himself. That album contained a moving version of Piazzolla’s Oblivion featuring Bournet and Descamps and then recently I found this video of the pair playing it. The clarinet seems to work well with Piazzolla, as it shares a timbral similarity (at times) to the composer’s instrument of choice: the bandoneon. —Blair Jackson


Astor Piazzolla