Soul of the Tango - Music of Astor Piazzolla

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Inspired by a general love of the tango, and more specifically the tango of Astor Piazzolla, on the part of Yo-Yo Ma, the Soul of the Tango album is a masterful work of the nuevo tango, played by Ma's cello and many of Piazzolla's former associates. Piazzolla's old guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad even showed up to work on a pair of tracks arranged by Sergio: the Tango Suite (consisting of "Andante" and "Allegro"). The sheer beauty of one of Piazzolla's tangos is generally enough to warrant the purchase of an album involving them. An album such as this one, where all of the songs (save one: "Tango Remembrances," where Ma plays along with outtakes from Piazzolla's ...
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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Inspired by a general love of the tango, and more specifically the tango of Astor Piazzolla, on the part of Yo-Yo Ma, the Soul of the Tango album is a masterful work of the nuevo tango, played by Ma's cello and many of Piazzolla's former associates. Piazzolla's old guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad even showed up to work on a pair of tracks arranged by Sergio: the Tango Suite (consisting of "Andante" and "Allegro"). The sheer beauty of one of Piazzolla's tangos is generally enough to warrant the purchase of an album involving them. An album such as this one, where all of the songs (save one: "Tango Remembrances," where Ma plays along with outtakes from Piazzolla's recording of The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night album) are compositions by Piazzolla is even better. Add to this the masterful playing of Ma, and the surprising facility in which the cello fits into the tango, and you've got what could become a classic album, if only it weren't on the classical label from Sony. The album begins with "Libertango," a composition from Piazzolla's first album that became the theme song for the movie The Tango Lesson. Following is the pair of tracks in the Tango Suite from Sergio Assad. Then comes "Sur: Regreso al Amor," a softer work, though with some definite virtuosity displayed. "Le Grand Tango" is an eleven minute tour de force in the tango, and "Fugata" is a tango written under the guidelines of a classical fugue. The next work is the aforementioned "Tango Remembrances," which is a particularly nice work, probably due to the appearance of Piazzolla's own playing. "Mumuki" is a more complicated composition, and "Tres Minutos con la Realidad" is a choppier, peppier work. "Milonga del Angel" is a seemingly sentimental work that shows off Piazzolla's ability to express the emotions of a song perfectly and purely. To finish the album, Ma presents "Café 1930," a rather slow paced work, but again, as in "Milonga del Angel," expresses emotion very fully in its nostalgia. Overall, the album is a stunning work of art, and even those that may not have heard of Piazzolla could easily be lured to his music via this single album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646312223
  • Catalog Number: 63122
  • Sales rank: 512

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Libertango, tango - Sergio Assad & Astor Piazzolla (3:10)
  2. 2 Tango Suite for 2 guitars: Andante - Sergio Assad & Astor Piazzolla (3:45)
  3. 3 Tango Suite for 2 guitars: Allegro - Sergio Assad & Astor Piazzolla (6:07)
  4. 4 Regreso al amor, tango (from film, Sur) - Sergio Assad & Astor Piazzolla (6:03)
  5. 5 Le grand tango, for cello & piano - Sergio Assad & Astor Piazzolla (11:38)
  6. 6 Fugata, tango - Sergio Assad & Astor Piazzolla (3:48)
  7. 7 Tango Remembrances - Jorge Calandrelli & Sergio Assad (6:21)
  8. 8 Mumuki, tango - Sergio Assad & Astor Piazzolla (5:08)
  9. 9 Tres minutos con la realidad, tango - Sergio Assad & Astor Piazzolla (3:10)
  10. 10 Milonga del ángel, tango (from Ángel series) - Sergio Assad & Astor Piazzolla (6:40)
  11. 11 L'histoire du tango, tango cycle for flute & guitar: Café 1930 - Sergio Assad & Astor Piazzolla (7:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yo-Yo Ma Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yo-Yo Ma's Best

    This CD is simply Yo-Yo Ma's best work. The romantic music of Argentina, the sounds of Astor Piazzolla, and the talent of Yo-Yo Ma, you can not get much better. I would recommended this to anyone looking for a great neo-classical CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great CD for your collection

    You cannot go wrong with this CD. If you are a fan of classical Tango then I strongly recommend you buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is superb!

    I have the CD: Los Tangueros, with Emmanuel AX and Pablo Ziegler, duo pianists and the renditions are gorgeous. That is why I would love to get the YoYo Ma CD as soon as I am able to. But I still would love to hear your clips which for some reason dissappeared .rom the track list. I was able to listen Libertango only.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For what it is, this is an awesome CD!

    Many may not enjoy the dischordant melodies of tango music, but Yo-Yo Ma shines with his cello on this fitting tribute to this wonderful genre of music. Close your eyes, following the thread of notes as he takes you to an emotional tour of the Argentine spirit.

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    Posted July 5, 2009

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