Five Tango Sensations

Astor Piazzolla


“The neo-classical style of Kronos fits surprisingly well on Piazzolla’s new style of tango and provides a wonderful backing for the maestro at work… Each of the tangos presented is a sensation and conveys the full emotion or scene given in the titles. Piazzolla plays his heart out on his trusty bandoneon, and the Kronos players accompany to perfection.”

Adam Greenberg, AllMusic

About the album

Kronos’ David Harrington on the recording: “One of the things I value most about all the members of Kronos Quartet is that I feel everybody is trying to do their very best and trying to take the level a bit higher than before… I would also say all our collaborations push us to get better. For example, I remember being in the studio with Astor Piazzolla when we recorded Five Tango Sensations with him, and his willpower was extraordinary. He just pulled the music out of everybody including himself. That recording took about two hours. We have never recorded any session that quick. It was with an immense concentration that he pulled it all. I learn so much from these experiences, zeroing in on the centre of what you are trying to do. I believe with every collaboration we have ever had, I have learned so much about life, music, and my instrument.” (originally published by WOMEX)


Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon

Produced by Judith Sherman
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Five Tango Sensations (1989)

  1. Asleep
  2. Loving
  3. Anxiety
  4. Despertar
  5. Fear

Released by Nonesuch Records



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