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Raúl Jaurena: Te Amo Tango

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Raúl Jaurena: Te Amo Tango
(Raúl Jaurena Website)
2006 soundbrush records

Raúl Jaurena on Bandoneón, Arrangements, Musical Direction
Quinteto Sinopus (Uruguay):
Alejandra Moreira on Violin, Lya Perez on Violin
Stella Maris Gonzalez on Viola, Lucrecia Basaldua on Violoncello
Sergio Moura on Contrabass
Octavo Brunetti on Piano, Marga Mitchell on Vocals


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 30, 2006

This CD is a remarkable selection of mostly original compositions for listening to or dancing Argentine Tango. Raúl Jaurena is a renowned bandoneonist in the international, mainly New York tango community, and he has created edgy, enticing music that allows for the most simple or complex tango dance ornamentations currently in vogue. Marga Mitchell’s searing vocals add depth and drama to several tracks.

Notable tracks:

#2 – Danza Para un Bandoneón /Bandoneón Arrabalero – Composed by R. Jaurena and Deambroggio-Contursi. This slow, surreal tango is led by Jaurena’s passionate, percussive bandoneón. The quintet of strings is obviously live, so refreshing to hear. Brunetti creates a waterfall of piano notes, and Marga Mitchell enters mid-track, with her rich, resonant voice, a seasoned performer.

#4 – La Pirulita – Composed by R. Jaurena. This “milonga”, a fast tango, with its upbeat, sassy mood, as compared to the melancholia of the tango, is charming and characteristic of Jaurena’s extensive experience playing for the tango community. The strings add an ethereal texture, as an ensemble, or solo, and the slapping of the bass is a signature percussive effect.

#9 – Espera – Composed by R. Jaurena. The melody of this song is heart-rending and romantic. Jaurena captures the essence of the tangueros and provides a catharsis for listening or dancing, with inherent drama in Espera, or waiting.

#14 – New York Gotan – Composed by R. Jaurena. Contemporary tangos include those composed by the Gotan Project, European tango composers. This track, by Jaurena, has the atonal electricity found in more recent tangos, as well as hints of Piazzolla. The solo violin at once evokes sorrow and beauty. Brunetti adds powerful chords as a pulsating backdrop in emphatic tango rhythms.

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