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Yo Yo Ma is an exclusive Sony Classical artist, and his discography of more than 75 albums (including more than 15 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. Mr. Ma has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006), the Sonning Prize (2006), the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award (2008), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). Mr. Ma serves as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities. He has performed for eight American presidents, including the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.
This album is heavily influenced by Astor Piazzola, an Argentine tango composer and bandoneon player. Piazzolla's nuevo tango was distinct from the traditional tango in its incorporation of elements of jazz, its use of extended harmonies and dissonance, its use of counterpoint, and its ventures into extended compositional forms. As Argentine psychoanalyst Carlos Kuri has pointed out, Piazzolla's fusion of tango with this wide range of other recognizable Western musical elements was so successful that it produced a new individual style transcending these influences.
"Inspired by a general love of the tango, and more specifically the tango of Astor Piazzolla, on the part of Yo-Yo Ma, the Soul of the Tango album is a masterful work of the nuevo tango, played by Ma's cello and many of Piazzolla's former associates. Overall, the album is a stunning work of art, and even those that may not have heard of Piazzolla could easily be lured to his music via this single album." — All Music Guide
|Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)|
|4. Sur: Regreso Al Amor|
|5. Le Grand Tango|
|Jorge Calandrelli/Astor Piazzolla|
|7. Tango Remembrances|
|9. Tres minutos con la realidad (Three Minutes with Reality)|
|10. Milonga del angel|
|11. Cafe 1930|