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Piazzollissimo
Astor Piazzolla
Piazzollissimo
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
 
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #3

This three-CD set of crucial Astor Piazzolla recordings rounds out the historical portrait begun on the set's equally sprawling sibling, Tangamente. Covering what might be comparatively called the "breakthrough" years of 1...  more »

      
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All Artists: Astor Piazzolla
Title: Piazzollissimo
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Just a Memory (Can)
Original Release Date: 3/28/1995
Release Date: 3/28/1995
Album Type: Box set
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
Styles: Latin Music, Tango, Latin Jazz
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 068944910328

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This three-CD set of crucial Astor Piazzolla recordings rounds out the historical portrait begun on the set's equally sprawling sibling, Tangamente. Covering what might be comparatively called the "breakthrough" years of 1974-1983, Piazzollissimo catches a host of LP-release material, featuring Piazzolla cutting swaths across genres, leading tango into jazz elements--even some jazz fusion. These packed CDs feature rumbling tango innovations, some of them perfectly in line with film-score mood-settings, some of them backed by a rhythmic pulse that Piazzolla began to ignore toward the end of the period covered in the box. The dynamite gems that close the book on this set feature a Munich string quartet, illuminating where tango could go when taken to the concert halls--a vision caught years later by the Kronos Quartet and Piazzolla on their short collaboration, Five Tango Sensations. Classically challenging, traditionally challenging, and heavily dramatic, these compositions are essential listening to anyone deeply interested in Piazzolla's music. --Andrew Bartlett

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The Middle-Age Masterpieces
Kurt Harding | Boerne TX | 03/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Astor Piazzolla is one of the finest composers, arrangers and musicians ever to grace a 20th century stage. The sheer magnitude of his genius is appreciated internationally and his posthumous popularity waxes ever stronger. Piazzolla has passed through many definable stages in his illustrious career. Piazzollissimo 1974-84 contains all the important elements of this middle-age period of his career. Even if the second and third CDs in this box set stunk, the power of the first is enough to tag this with five stars. Libertango is the essence of what Piazzolla has always been about. After mastering the traditional style, he set about to redefine the tango genre for all time. Just listen to how that first cut flows! Songs 2 through 8 are basically variations on the same theme, each of which has its own mood-altering appeal. The only cut I do not like is Mort which features a tapping which is supposed to represent someone's last heartbeats but instead annoyingly sounds like a record with a "stick" in it. The last cuts, from L'Amour through Escaloso are the most powerful in the box, each featuring interludes displaying the musicians' virtuosity and the unmatched prowess of Piazzolla on his bandoneon. Disc two starts off pulsating with the sexually charged Cite Tango and segues into the afterglow of the relaxing Pia-Sol-La-Sol. The rest of the disc is pleasing with many of the song titles relating to Argentina's World Cup triumph. Disc three tends to drift a bit but features the driving "Escualo", a technically difficult tune which has been covered by Gidon Kremer, among others. If you like Piazzolla at all, be sure to pick up this set. You won't be sorry."