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Inspired by a great passion for Astor Piazzolla's tango, The Soul Of The Tango
is a critically acclaimed and essential work of the "Nuevo Tango," played by
Yo-Yo Ma's world famous cello and many of Piazzolla's former friends and
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 these two. An album such as
this one, where all of the songs 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 is a classic album.
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. "Tango Remembrances" is a
particularly nice work, due to the appearance of Piazzolla's own playing.
"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 the
previous song, 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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Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Sergio Assad, guitar
Odair Assad, guitar
Nestor Marconi, bandoneon
Antonio Agri, violin
Horacio Malvicino, guitar
Hector Console, bass
Leonardo Marconi, piano
Gerardo Gandini, piano
Frank Corliss, piano
Edwin Barker, bass
Oscar Castro-Neves, acoustic guitar
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
4. Sur: Regreso Al Amor
5. Le Grand Tango
2. Tango Remembrances
4. Tres Minutos Con La Realidad
5. Milonga Del Angel
6. Cafe 1930