The Ultimate Tango [Polygram]

The Ultimate Tango [Polygram]


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The tango has been around for almost a century now, surviving many transformations, and The Ultimate Tango shows just how far this dance form has come. Born in the bordellos and bars of Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital city, the tango soon became an international dance craze and, more recently, has provided inspiration for classical performers, film directors, and Broadway producers. The tangos here are drawn from a variety of sources: the soundtrack to Carlos Saura's 1997 film, Tango (led by Lalo Schifrin), a 1981 album by Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo, and several lavishly orchestrated versions by Mantovani and other "easy-listening" arrangers. Not everything here was originally intended to be a tango -- the traditional tune "Dark Eyes," for instance (heard in an opulent arrangement by Stanley Black), though its melody does have the sultry, nostalgic character common to the classic examples of the form. Schifrin's leaner arrangements come closest to the true Argentine sound, although an authentic tanguero would still give them more of a bittersweet bite. Add in Domingo's honeyed tone, and you get an album that's an ideal introduction to the tango for listeners with a sweet tooth.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2000
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028946583029
catalogNumber: 465830
Rank: 29659

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Track Performer
Astor Piazzolla   Track Performer
Plácido Domingo   Track Performer
Mantovani Orchestra   Track Performer
Roberto Pansera   Track Performer
Pascual Contursi   Track Performer
Ports of Call Ensemble   Track Performer
Stanley Black Orchestra   Track Performer
Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Leroy Anderson   Composer
Penny Bennett   Art Direction
R. Peter Munves   Liner Notes,Concept
Fernando Z. Maldonado   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Enrique Pedro Maroni   Composer
Gerardo Hernán Matos Rodriguez   Composer
Vera Bloom   Composer
Pascual Contursi   Composer
Enrique Santos Discépolo   Composer
Jacob Gade   Composer
Alfredo Le Pera   Composer
J.C. Cobain   Composer
C. Penaloza   Composer

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