Tangos & Historias

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Hanssler Classic's album Tangos y Historias gives listeners exactly what the package says, and so much more. The tangos, whose form is almost inextricably synonymous with the name of Astor Piazzolla, come in the form of his captivating and engaging Histoire du Tango. The remainder of the album is a virtual walk backwards in the Parisian/Spanish music scene, visiting the fiery, sultry works of Ibert, Albeniz, and de Falla. Listening to the program alone would be more than enough for listeners to draw connections and notice similarities, but this album goes a step further by including an entertaining and informative set of liner notes that further elucidate the connections and historical importance of these composers and their ability to bring popular music idioms to the world's stage. Of course, all of this would be for not if it were not coupled with performances as strong as the history. Violinist Friedemann Eichhorn and guitarist Thomas Muller-Pering more than rise to the occasion. The interplay between the two musicians is completely organic. Both take frequent risks in their playing, almost always to the benefit of listeners. Their unified musical vision is one of passion, seduction, and smoldering sexiness that distinguishes superior performances of tangos.

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