Astor Piazzolla New Tango Quintet / Astor Piazzolla

Luna

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The last concert recorded by Astor Piazzolla with his New Tango Sextet was going to be released no matter how good it was; such is the nature of the market. Happily, this album has excellent performances and very good recording quality, and would have been a good candidate for a CD if Piazzolla had lived another 70 years. The old master is in fine form on this one, dueling with Gerardo Gandini's piano on "Camorra 3" with almost violent virtuosity. The reflective and turbulent sides of tango music are both explored on this disc, which has pieces from a 30-year period. Though Piazzolla did perform one concert after this one which was released as Bandoneon Sinfonico, the full orchestra at that event puts his music in a different and more formal setting. Those who prefer his music with a small ensemble will find Luna the one to seek out.

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