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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 recording...
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Editorial Reviews

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: 11/28/2006
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4547366027723
  • Catalog Number: 640749
  • Sales rank: 241,622

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yo-Yo Ma Primary Artist, Cello
Astor Piazzolla Bandoneon
Odair Assad Guitar
Sergio Assad Guitar
Oscar Castro-Neves Acoustic Guitar
Hector Console Bass
Gerardo Gandini Piano
Horacio Malvicino Guitar
Néstor Marconi Bandoneon
Antonio Agri Violin
Leonardo D. Marconi Piano
Kathryn Stott Piano
Leonardo Marconi Piano
Frank Corliss Piano
Edwin Barker Bass
Technical Credits
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Sergio Assad Arranger
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, Composer, Music Direction
Oscar Castro-Neves Producer
Scott Frankfurt Digital Editing
Geoff Gillette Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Allen Weinberg Art Direction
Genevieve Haines translation, Liner Note Translation
Anna Saxon-Forti translation, Liner Note Translation
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Richard Haney-Jardine Liner Note Translation
Carlos Del Rosario Digital Editing
Laraine Perri Executive Producer
María Susana Azzi Liner Notes
Geoff Gilette Engineer
Carlos del Rosario Digital Editing
Reinhard Luthje Liner Note Translation
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