Astor Piazzolla: El Tango

Astor Piazzolla: El Tango

by Gidon Kremer


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Astor Piazzolla: El Tango

Despite the deceptive titling format on the CD, this is a CD by Latvian violinist Gidon Kramer, not featuring the playing of Astor Piazzolla. All but four of the songs on the album are compositions by Piazzolla, but performed by Kremer and his group, along with Piazzolla's guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad. The album is definitely in tribute to the leader of the nuevo tango, as the lengthy liner notes describe in three languages. The tangos are still quite powerful, despite the obvious lack of Piazzolla in the recordings, mainly due to the prowess of the bandoneon player recruited for the cause, but also very much due to the powerful violin playing by Kremer. In all truth, if one is looking for works of nuevo tango, or Piazzolla's works specifically, one would probably do better to find recordings by Piazzolla (there are a few out there) or Yo-Yo Ma's Soul of the Tango, a tribute album to Piazzolla from the premier cello player of the time. ~ Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/1997
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597946222
catalogNumber: 79462

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gidon Kremer   Primary Artist,Violin
Caetano Veloso   Narrator,Spoken Word
Odair Assad   Guitar
Sergio Assad   Guitar
Milva   Vocals
Per Arne Glorvigen   Bandoneon
Vadim Sakharov   Piano
Alois Posch   Double Bass
Astor Quartet   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Gidon Kremer   Liner Notes
Sergio Assad   Arranger
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Horacio Ferrer   Spanish Text
Peter Laenger   Producer,Engineer
Jean-Claude Carrière   Lyricist
Jorge Luis Borges   Poetry
Giya Kancheli   Lyricist
Per Arne Glorvigen   Arranger
Karina Beznicki   Producer

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