This being the third release in 5 years by the Isabelle van Keulen ensemble that specialises in the music of Astor Piazzolla, the previous two plus this new one build up nicely towards a complete collection of tangos by the Argentine master, as lots of other collections available out there contain more or less the same overlapping set of well-known pieces. The theme of this collection and accompanying 2018 concert tour, “angels and devils”, is a nice find but is a bit far-fetched, however hard double bass player Rüdiger Ludwig who also doubles as liner notes writer tries his best to talk it up. Piazzolla basically wrote tangos all the time and matched/titled them to whatever commission or opportunity arose in terms of plays, operas or whatever. Happily Isabelle van Keulen is in fine form, taking up her sly violin again after presiding over another season of the fun but slightly bonkers TV-show Maestro (its Dutch incarnation) in which celebrities try their hands at conducting. So is the rest of the ensemble, executing as they do a nice set of tangos, mostly lesser known ones with some exceptions like Fuga y Misterio, one of the 3 pieces taken from the Maria de Buenos Aires opera which apparently has an “angel” connection and which are newly arranged by bandoneon player Christian Gerber. The “devil” pieces sound perhaps a bit quirkier than the more subdued “angel” pieces, but a work like Romance del Diablo is actually quite soothing really. Only Tango del Diablo has some shrill scary sounds and for once has Ulrike Payer delving into her piano rather than only playing its keys. On the whole the devil pieces sound exhilarating, the angel ones thoughtful on this excellent surround sound recording; the set is rounded off with Resurrección del Ángel (who knew angels need resurrecting?) that starts and ends with this intense bluesy slow music in which the passion that is always there in Piazzolla’s music is given another level of depth by these musicians.