Soul of the Tango - Music of Astor Piazzolla

Soul of the Tango - Music of Astor Piazzolla

by Yo-Yo Ma


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Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was the ultimate crossover artist. A master performer on the bandoneón (an Argentinean accordion), he took the traditional tango and infused it with elements of jazz and classical music to create tango nuevo. Reviled by traditionalists at first, he is now celebrated by musicians of all stripes. Yo-Yo Ma is one of the many classical performers seduced by the sexy sway of Piazzolla's music. The Grammy Award-winning Soul of the Tango features the cellist playing with musicians who worked closely with Piazzolla. Ma slides his bow around the music's waist like a seasoned tanguero, his espresso-dark sound singing these sad songs of love and betrayal. Piazzolla favorites are here, such as the blistering "Libertango" and languorous "Milonga del Ángel," as well as "Le Grand Tango," a concert piece for cello and piano originally composed for Mstislav Rostropovich. In "Tango Remembrances," Ma actually plays a duet with Piazzolla himself -- one of recording technology's small but priceless miracles. "Tango is not just about dancing," Ma says. Soul of the Tango provides ample proof of that.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646312223
catalogNumber: 63122
Rank: 22422


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Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist

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Piazzolla: Milonga del ángel; Libertango 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You cannot go wrong with this CD. If you are a fan of classical Tango then I strongly recommend you buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago