Soul of the Tango: Music of Astor Piazzolla

Soul of the Tango: Music of Astor Piazzolla

by Yo-Yo Ma


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Soul of the Tango: Music of Astor Piazzolla

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: 11/28/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 4547366027723
catalogNumber: 640749

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
Geoff Gillette   Engineer
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
Laraine Perri   Executive Producer
María Susana Azzi   Liner Notes
Geoff Gilette   Engineer
Reinhard Luthje   Liner Note Translation

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