Astor Piazzolla
Tango: Zero Hour
Nuestro Tiempo
Carlos Gardel

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The tango, a musically synthesized dance form, is the Argentinean samba. Couples dancing the tango meet in a close embrace and dance seemingly violently across the floor. The music is often in a minor mode and the meter is 2/4. Rhythms are syncopated, sharply distinguished, and highly accentuated, and include some interruptions in the beats. Conventional performances of the music include a solo voice and guitar accompaniment. Words of the songs take the form of lengthy narratives about sentimental, emotion-ridden themes. Once the rage of World War I America and Europe, the tango reveals African influence in its name and choreography, English origin in its relationship to the habanera (which can be traced to the country dance of 17th-century Britain), Spanish background with its similarity to the Andalusian tango, and most important, Argentinean sentiment with texts that often emphasize aspects of life in that country. In spite of its great popularity, negative attitudes were common ranging from condemnation by such political leaders as the Queen of England and the Kaiser of Germany to damnation by the Pope.

Tango Artists Highlights

Astor Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla
Carlos Gardel
Carlos Gardel
Pablo Ziegler
Pablo Ziegler
Federico Aubele
Federico Aubele
Agustín Lara
Agustín Lara
Gary Burton
Gary Burton

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Tango Album Highlights

Tango: Zero Hour
Astor Piazzolla
Tango: Zero Hour
Nuestro Tiempo
Astor Piazzolla / Astor ...
Nuestro Tiempo
The Best of Carlos Gardel
Carlos Gardel
The Best of Carlos Gardel
Carlos Gardel - King Of Tango, Vol. 1
Carlos Gardel
Carlos Gardel - King Of ...
The Late Masterpieces
Astor Piazzolla
The Late Masterpieces
Tango Song and Dance
Anne-Sophie Mutter / ...
Tango Song and Dance

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Tango Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Tanguedia III Astor Piazzolla
Tomo y Obligo Carlos Gardel
Volver Carlos Gardel & Orquesta
Contrabajissimo Astor Piazzolla
Milonga del ángel, tango (from Ángel series) Astor Piazzolla
Adios Nonino Astor Piazzolla
Los Sueños Astor Piazzolla
Criollita Decí Que Si Carlos Gardel

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