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Piazzolla: Five Tango Sensations
Astor Piazzolla, Kronos Quartet
Piazzolla: Five Tango Sensations
Genres: Jazz, Classical, Latin Music
 
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This "EP" (about 27:00) contains just one work and sells for a reduced price. Astor Piazzolla wrote this music for himself to play with the Kronos Quartet. People who don't know Piazzolla's music might think this is just ...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Astor Piazzolla, Kronos Quartet
Title: Piazzolla: Five Tango Sensations
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Nonesuch
Release Date: 1/16/1991
Genres: Jazz, Classical, Latin Music
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075597925425

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This "EP" (about 27:00) contains just one work and sells for a reduced price. Astor Piazzolla wrote this music for himself to play with the Kronos Quartet. People who don't know Piazzolla's music might think this is just a collection of dances. But Piazzolla did for the tango what Chopin did for the polonaise, writing music of substance and passion that rewards repeated listening. I wish Nonesuch would reissue this disc combined with the its CD of Piazzolla orchestral works (now out of print, regrettably). But for the cautious, this disc will make a fine introduction to someone increasingly recognized as a master in his field. --Leslie Gerber

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A wonderful collaboration & one of the best Piazzolla discs
Amadeus 888 | London | 10/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Astor Piazzolla has collaborated with many wonderful artists over the years (including Gary Burton, Milva and many others), but this collaboration with Kronos Quartet is very special and extra extra wonderful. Piazzolla's music is not tango strictly speaking, but a 'sui generis" musical world on its own right, a 'fusion' of the tango tradition with classical and jazz elements, where the tango is the prima materia that the artist used and alchemically refined into gold.

These five pieces for string quartet and bandoneon explore a range of emotions that will speak differently to everyone and what differentiates them somewhat from other Piazzolla music is a feeling of 'quietness' and peace, the explosive material that one usually finds in Piazzolla here is subdued in sweet melancholy. Personally, whenever I listen to this disc, I'm left with a feeling of beauty, sweetness and aching longing.

An essential disc for good music lovers."
Piazzola plays with Kronos!!
Amadeus 888 | 03/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the recording that inspired Piazzola to write Four for Tango especially for the Kronos quartet. The music is great, the performance is excellent, and best of all you get to hear Piazzola himself. Very good reflective piece."
Piazzolla: Five Tango Sensations
janusz | Perth, Western Australia Australia | 09/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although a very short album its still one of my favourite Piazzolla recordings. All the tracks are brilliant & as one of Piazzolla's last albums it is also definitely one of the best."