There is such a vast repertoire of tango music provided on this
triple CD that it is difficult to know where to begin.
The sheer quality and quantity of music provided would easily
have justified the release of three separate albums but here Beltango
are making a statement, perhaps to capitalize on their
success at the World Tango Festival 2007 held in Buenos Aires
where they were the only European tango orchestra invited to play.
Beltango are a Serbian quintet formed in 1998 to play the music
of Argentina , specifically tango. The group are headed by the
husband and wife team of Aleksander and Ivana Nikolic.
He plays bandoneon and accordion; she plays piano and provides
vocals, where required, with a very convincing south American
accent. The rest of the band are : Jovan Bogosavljevic (violin),
Bogdan Pejic (electric guitar) and Ljubinko Lazic (double bass).
The three Cds in this collection have been well defined
in their content; all have their own personality and individual
style. The first is, as its title Tradicional suggests,
is a compilation of many famous tango tunes from composers including
Enrique Saborido, whose Felicia is the first track
and a veritable tour de force for the violinist Bogosavljevic.
I will pick out two other personal favourites but all the pieces
chosen are given truly excellent renditions. On Nostalgias,
by Juan Carlos Cobian, the soft, breathy vocals of Ivana Nikolic
make you believe you are in a club somewhere in Buenos Aires and
the last track on this CD is not a tango at all but an instrumental
version of a beautiful ballad by the singer and composer Carlos
Gardel. El dia que me quierias is from the 1935 film
of the same name that starred Gardel.
He is probably more well known nowadays as the composer of Por
una cabeza which famously featured as Al Pacinos tango
in the 1993 film Scent of a Woman.
second title Piazzollando is also a giveaway,
featuring , exclusively, the music of Astor Piazzolla.
There have been many interpretations of his Tango Neuvo in recent
years and it may seem superfluous to have yet another rendition.
However, it is said
that the quintet of bandoneon, violin, piano, electric guitar
and double bass was Piazzolla's preferred setup and so Beltango
are ideally formed to provide a selection of genuine
Listen to their version of Libertango and perhaps youll
get a better idea of Piazzollas intent.
All the tracks here are very well known but Beltango seem to give
a freshness of approach on all these tracks, they could well be
the best Piazzolla performers currently touring.
paid their respects to past masters the third CD Balkango
takes us into unchartered waters.
We get a in effect a new genre a mix of Balkan music and
Argentinean tango the composers are all European. The opening
Tango para Ella is a wonderful, sensual slow tango
and all the tracks here have something to recommend them.
Band members Nikolic and Bogosavljevic provide 2 of the tracks
with the title track Balkango written by Nikolic himself.
In all there is over
2 hours of superb music on this collection. It is an excellent
introduction to the history and development of tango appealing
to newcomers and afficionados alike. There is one other aspect
however that has nothing to do with music but exudes throughout
the music and we get an idea from the album cover.
Sensuality is an aspect that is sadly missing in the accordion
world - this CD has it in abundance playing the accordion/bandoneon
can be cool, can be sexy! Buy this CD, turn off the lights, light
a candle and hold your partner close.
This CD is available online, secure credit card bank payment system.
Sound samples available too.