El Nuevo Tango de Buenos Aires

COMPOSERS: Astor Piazzolla
LABELS: Milan Sur
WORKS: El Nuevo Tango de Buenos Aires
PERFORMER: Astor Piazzolla
CATALOGUE NO: 74321 34270-2

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Astor Piazzolla demonstrates the most broad-brushed playing, as half the CD comes from film soundtracks. The first track, ‘Vuelvo al sur’, with its booming piano bass and tragic, hard-bitten vocal from Roberto Goyeneche, hovers on the edge of parody, but the classic melody, strong enough to carry a movie, keeps it real.

One of Piazzolla’s last concerts, from Lausanne in 1989, makes up the rest of the disc, and it is a very different, highly speculative affair. ‘Camorra II’ sounds as if it comes straight out of the Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements.

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There are tango tone poems, one of them so fragmented that it would pass for a deconstruction if it were less strongly rooted.