Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Fabulous Tango Collection
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Pop
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Excellent Introduction To the World of Tango
QuestionMark | USA | 09/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I Salonisti is a classical music ensemble, who, like YoYo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, and other classical artists, felt compelled to release an album of tango music. As a classical music buff, I decided to find out why. So I listened to this album, and like millions of hapless others, became hopelessly and forever hooked on things "tango" -- tango music, tango books, bandoneons, street maps of Buenos Aires, etc.Seriously, this album is a wonderful compilation of tango music because it gives the novice a broad sampling of music from different periods. From tango standards such as 'La Cumparsita' and 'Uno' to the more rhythmically interesting (yet danceable) works of Horacio Salgan ("A Fuego Lento" and "Don Agustin Bardi") to Astor Piazzolla's "nuevo tango", exemplified by the last track on the album, "Contrabajissimo".Which brings up the never-ending brouhaha about Piazzolla's music and its lack of "danceability". First of all, the majority of tracks on this album are not by Piazzolla, and a couple of those that are, such as "Rio Sena", are very danceable. So if you buy the album to actually dance the dance, you'll have an ample supply of music, even if you skip all of Piazzolla's music.But more importantly, tango dancers need to keep in mind that Piazzolla was first and foremost a musician, not a choreographer. When a musician writes music, he or she intends for it to be listened to. If you care to dance to it, fine. But to reject Piazzolla's music because you can't dance to it is like throwing away a Picasso because it doesn't match your living room decor. This album affords the perfect opportunity for such persons to toss their dance shoes in the corner, sit back, and actually listen to his music -- maybe for the first time.Overall, this album should please any lover of tango music. The musicianship is first rate and the production quality is high."
Great intro to the tango
Jmark2001 | Florida | 06/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wanted a tango CD but was afraid of either getting some westernized music fit for aspiring ballroom dancers who could care less about authenticity or some cheaply put together collection trying to cash in on the Tango craze. Instead, I got an excellent album of various styles of tango that show the breadth of tango music. This is an album to listen to rather than dance to. It is a great album for a summer Sunday afternoon or an intimate dinner. The sound is excellent. The music here is by turns, emotional, sensuous, sad, proud, aggressive. The performances are wonderful. If you need an album of dancing music, forget this one. But if you want an album that shows the soul of Argentina in its native music, this can't be beat. This is authentic tango."
Classical, instrumental interpretations are a bit dreary
John A. Grasso | 09/28/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For the beginner, I recommend the "Forever Tango" soundtrack CD. This CD is okay if you like a classical interpretation without the lyrics. I found this CD somewhat "rainy-day" dreary. It is not easy to dance to this music, because the beat is not steady. The music does not fit the title, either. It is a European CD, not from Argentina."