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The Rough Dancer & The Cyclical Night (French Import) [Import]

Astor Piazzolla Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Socadisc
  • ASIN: B00004VIDH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful 9 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Having not played this for a few years, I had forgotten just what a magnificent piece this is.

One of a few studio albums that Piazzolla produced during the late eighties, recorded in New York in 1987, the year after his critically acclaimed "Zero Hour". Commissioned for the stage production of "Tango Apasionado", I can't help feeling that this wonderful album has been unjustly over shadowed by his master piece a year earlier. "Zero Hour" casts its bright glow afar, and being produced in the same period as "Rough Dancer", seemingly steals all the limelight from this otherwise impressive work.

If your searching for some Piazzolla beyond the many compilations, this studio album should be near the top of your list.

Piazzolla, looking back and retracing Tango's history, hints at distant styles and melodies, intricately weaving them into a passionate work that is unmistakably Piazzolla. He stirs things up with sprinklings of dissonance and swiftly switches pace and rhythm within a heartbeat. Echoing the Baroque tradition, he develops descending melodic lines that intricately evolve and cascade into new melodies. Along with masterful counterpoint are the varied textures, adding colour and depth: conjuring up dark back streets, menacing shadows and emotional turmoil.

It moves seamlessly from the storm to the calm, an underlying tension ever present. The musicianship is, as you would expect, superb. But foremost, is the melancholy beauty of Piazzolla's melodies and the profound sense of longing they convey. This is music for the ear, not just the feet. There's a real depth and sincerity to Piazolla's canvas, it's shades are irresistibly moving. Undeniably elegant but equally gritty, Piazzolla explores new frontiers, creating something new from something old.
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By Romulus
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"(...) Zero Hour needed the clarity of a vision; this record needs the darkness of a nostalgic dream. It's music meant to be played by half–drunk musicians in a bordello." (Astor Piazzolla) This quote is taken from the CD's booklet and in my opinion it perfectly describes the album. 'Tango Zero Hour' is acclaimed by both critics as well as the public, but this compilation deserves same recognition. Having a good musical education myself and being a huge fan of classical music, I rarely experienced something as powerful emotionally. The recording is addictive, you listen to it through the loudspeakers and then you listen to it through you headphones and it always sounds different. This Tango isn't meant to be danced it was created to be listened and enjoyed. It is a powerful mix of classics, jazz, tango and folklore, so many different motives: Italian, Latin even gypsy.

Perfectly played and arranged. Dissonant sounds resolve in beautiful melodies and simple melodies become complex motives. Piazzolla is definitely one of my favourite composers and musicians of the 20th century.

The CD itself is beautifully designed with short information about the album, plastic CD box is protected by a cardboard sleeve with Piazzollas red colour portrait on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rough dancer is rough and wonderful. 14 Feb 2010
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Piazzolla was on a very high level of inspiration on this album. Listen and follow it with the even more dynamic, energetic, tragic and creative album «La Camorra» and you shall not be disappointed, that is, if you enjoy Tango, and specially New Tango.
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