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Tango: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
While director Carlos Saura employs the eponymous, erotically tinged ballroom dance form both as vehicle and metaphor for his film's storytelling, Argentine composer and film and TV scorer Lalo Schifrin in turn uses the fi... more »
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While director Carlos Saura employs the eponymous, erotically tinged ballroom dance form both as vehicle and metaphor for his film's storytelling, Argentine composer and film and TV scorer Lalo Schifrin in turn uses the film's score as framework for a rich musical tapestry that stretches from the traditionally familiar ("El Choclo") to the dark, rhythmic fury of his own classical-dance fusion ("La Represion"). Schifrin, a six-time Oscar nominee and winner of four Grammy Awards, spent his early career as pianist for tango composing legend Astor Piazzolla; that experience, along with his accomplished classical, film, and jazz work, has informed a score that may both surprise traditionalists with its adventurous diversity and give the rest of us a thrilling introduction to a vibrant musical form that continues to evolve. Interspersed with Schifrin's marvelous original compositions is a generous sampling of traditional tango music from composers such as Piazzolla, Canario, Salgan, and Filiberto. --Jerry McCulley
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Jiri M. from KENSINGTON, CA
Reviewed on 11/10/2013...
Best tango CD
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When you listen to this CD, you will be surprised by the fact that the overall style of the music resembles that of Piazzolla. That's because the composer, Lalo Schifrin, was one of Piazzolla's pianist. Schifrin's style is a bit less dramatic and the overall tone is soft. I think this was done purposely to make tango pieces suitable for the movie. If you are a Piazzolla fan, you will like this CD."
A Sultry and Seductive Masterpiece
Kurt Harding | Boerne TX | 06/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With the name Lalo Schifrin attached to this CD, I was a little sceptical about the authenticity of the music I would find within. You see, I had always associated Schifrin's name with movie and television scores, and although he once played with my musical hero Astor Piazzolla, I had premonitions that this would be more glitzy and commercial than I cared for. I couldn't have been more wrong. Schifrin did a masterful job in assembling the right musicians and getting the right sounds from them for the periods the songs represented. He even contributed a few of his own compositions, several of which I enjoy very much: Tango del Atardecer, Tango Lunaire, and the powerful La Represion, so evocative of Argentina's years of dictatorship. Horacio Salgan appears and plays several of his own classic compositions and just to listen to his nimble-fingered piano play is a treat not to be missed. The Tango soundtrack is a very well-balanced CD replete with new renderings of beloved classics interspersed judiciously with more modern compositions. If you like tango as much as I do, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this very sultry and seductive masterpiece."