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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.