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It’s finally here, tango lovers: bandoneon player Ryota Komatsu’s fantastic arrangements of postwar tango favorites.

Komatsu’s career has been a sort of spiritual tribute to Astor Piazzolla, and on his latest album, “Blauer Himmel - Showa Tango Playback,” he takes us back to the vibrant ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

If you’re new to the bandoneon, you are in for a sensuous treat. Take the track “Last Tango in Paris” and compare it with the original, and you’ll be surprised at a versatile and elegiac sound.

The background hasn’t been neglected either, with a full string orchestra bringing depth to the album.

The album starts off vivaciously with “A Media Luz,” arranged from an original piece by a violinist Edgardo Donato, then shifts toward a more dramatic feel, stimulating the imagination.

Like good Piazzolla, the album is meant to be heard start to finish, and its arc leaves one feeling as if one’s just seem a heartwarming, passionate film. Viva Komatsu!

Ryota Komatsu

“Blauer Himmel - Showa Tango Playback”

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Tango

By Yim Seung-hye
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