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4.4 out of 5 stars
Piazzolla: Tango Zero Hour
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on 28 February 2013
There many CDs out there with Piazzollas music, but not many of them are maestros recordings, where he plays bandoneon himself. I purchased 'Tango Zero Hour' and 'The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night'. Tango Zero Hour is a very emotional, poetic and romantic album. Violin solos make some pieces extremely romantic and in general the music is perfectly arranged and wonderfully performed by the musicians. Tango motives here are meant to be listened and not danced, they are beautiful improvisations, often a mix from classical music, jazz and tango.

Personally I also own 'The Central Park Concert', which is a live album recorded in New York. Songs are almost identical with 'Tango Zero Hour', but in my opinion the live concert is sometimes even more interesting and fresher than this studio recording. But unfortunately 'The Central Park Concert' is very expansive to buy on amazon, so I got it from iTunes. In the end I also wanted to own a physical copy of this wonderful music and bought this CD as well. I don't regret my purchase, sometimes it is good not to hear people applauding to the piece in the middle of the music. Piazzollas music is wonderful, poetic, contemporary and at the same time full of old folklore motives. This recording is an absolute MUST for Astor's fans.

The CD itself was delivered in a cardboard sleeve with a large booklet in different languages.
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on 29 July 2016
One can see that this is the culmination of his experience. Intense, atmospheric, musicians of real class creating a work of artistic brilliance! This cd is a must purchase along with the Rough rider and the cyclical night.
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on 7 July 2015
This isn't light tuneful Latin-American dance. It's dark and sometimes dissonant, fierce and generally melancholy. Not for everybody, but I found it unforgettable.
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on 13 December 2017
Pure magic :)
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on 7 December 2013
In my opinion, one of the top ten Argentine tango records of all time. Beautiful and inspiring music. It does not get any better than that!
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on 5 January 2015
Love it
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on 14 March 2014
This is an excellent recording which has both clasical and jazz influences. Astor was at the peek of his playing as were the rest of the group. It is album you can't tire of.
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on 18 September 2014
Wow! Just wow! One of the best CDs I have ever bought!
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on 21 March 2016
Unfortunately none of the most famous pieces are included and there are only 7 tracks on the CD. Very disappointing...
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 5 April 2017
These seven numbers last a mere 46 minutes, but they create a mood and texture so compelling, indeed so overwhelming, that I can't imagine anyone being unaffected by the legendary bandoneon virtuoso Astor Piazzolla and his hand-picked players The New Tango Quintet, produced with pristine clarity by Kip Hanrahan.
Zero Hour {La Hora Cero} refers to the time after midnight ~ in Piazzolla's words, from the excellent booklet, "an hour of absolute end and absolute beginning". Mind you, the further south you go, the later people tend to stay up ~ and Argentina is about as south as most will ever get. So perhaps this isn't music for dreamers, so much as late night slow-dancers or insomniacs!
Not everyone would agree, but for me tango ~ the music and the dance ~ is the most profound in the world, even more so than flamenco. Both the music and {especially} the dance contain all aspects of life: from love, lust and longing. . .to despair, rage and melancholy, and much more besides. It's up to you. You put into tango what you feel, and tango gives you more and more, feeding your energy or your restraint {there are pauses and silences in tango, too}.
This is certainly music of the late hours, though I've just played it again on a sunny English spring afternoon, and it worked a treat. But then, I can listen to the music of the tango almost any time.
With this particular album, Piazzolla created something very special in a unique career. In his own words: "This is absolutely the greatest record I've made in my entire life. We gave our souls to this record." I'm not about to disagree.

A deep, nocturnal but uplifting masterpiece.
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