Album: Jan Vogler, Tango! Astor Piazzolla (Sony Classics)

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The Independent Culture

With his creation of "nuevo tango" in the 1950s, Astor Piazzolla revolutionised the Argentinian tango in a manner which not even his self-imposed semi-exile during the Videla dictatorship could quell.

In their interpretations of Piazzolla's most famous works, including "La Muerte Del Angel" and "Libertango", the ensemble led by cellist Jan Vogler recognises both the form's decadent morbidity and the jazz and modern classical influences Piazzolla introduced, most impressively in the 10-minute "Le Grand Tango", where they contribute respectively to its erotic abandonment and refined control. Elsewhere, the mannered "Four For Tango" features whip-like darts of violin.

Pick of the album:'Le Grand Tango', 'Four For Tango'

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