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Buenos Aires, Argentina has often been described as "the most European city in Latin America" (with Montevideo, Uruguay running a close second). So considering that tango originated in such a Europe-influenced city, it isn't surprising that it made its way across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe -- which has some fine tango groups. One of them is Quadro Nuevo, a Germany-based outfit that has been combining tango with a variety of European influences.

Of course, tango had European influences to begin with, but with Quadro Nuevo, that passion for different types of European music is even more evident and even more overt. And there is certainly an abundance of European influences on Ciné Passion, a 2000 recording that finds the group putting its spin on songs from European and American movies. Tango is combined with everything from Italian music on "Un' Ora Sola Ti Vorrei" (from the Billy Wilder movie Avanti) to French chanson on "Plus Fort Que Nous" (from the 1966 French film Un Homme et une Femme, aka A Man and a Woman) to Spanish flamenco on Paco de Lucía melodies that were used in the 1984 thriller The Hit.

Quadro Nuevo acknowledge tango's pre-Astor Piazzolla era with their thoughtful arrangement of singer Carlos Gardel's theme from the 1935 movie El Día Que Me Quieras -- a theme that was revived 71 years later in 2006, when Penelope Cruz performed the song in Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's Volver. However, Quadro Nuevo don't use a vocalist, and they don't perform "El Día Que Me Quieras" in a 1930s-like fashion; their instrumental version has a strong Piazzolla influence (when Gardel died in 1935, Piazzolla was only 14 and had yet to become well known). Full of surprises, Ciné Passion is not only excellent, it is also one of Quadro Nuevo's most essential albums. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide


 

Ciné Passion

Quadro Nuevo

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1.

Gelsomina (From "La Strada") 5:17

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Volver (From "El Dìa Que Me Quieras") 4:06

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Calling You (From "Out of Rosenheim") 4:13

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Plus fort que nous (From "Un homme et une femme") 4:27

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Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt (From "La Habanera") 3:41

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Georgia (From "The Gold Rush") 1:49

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Arabesque - Main Theme (From "Lawrence of Arabia") 3:36

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Main Theme (From "Zwei in einer großen Stadt") 3:52

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Oblivion (From "Enrico IV") 5:14

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Themes (From "The Hit") 3:38

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Sentimental Walk (From "Diva") 1:46

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Main Theme (From "Jean de Florette") 3:02

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Love Theme (From "Spartacus") 5:13

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Chi Mai (From "Le Professionnel") 3:59

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Running to the Church (From "The Sixth Sense") 2:00

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Un' ora sola ti vorrei - Senza fine (From "Avanti avanti") 4:32

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Buenos Aires, Argentina has often been described as "the most European city in Latin America" (with Montevideo, Uruguay running a close second). So considering that tango originated in such a Europe-influenced city, it isn't surprising that it made its way across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe -- which has some fine tango groups. One of them is Quadro Nuevo, a Germany-based outfit that has been combining tango with a variety of European influences.

Of course, tango had European influences to begin with, but with Quadro Nuevo, that passion for different types of European music is even more evident and even more overt. And there is certainly an abundance of European influences on Ciné Passion, a 2000 recording that finds the group putting its spin on songs from European and American movies. Tango is combined with everything from Italian music on "Un' Ora Sola Ti Vorrei" (from the Billy Wilder movie Avanti) to French chanson on "Plus Fort Que Nous" (from the 1966 French film Un Homme et une Femme, aka A Man and a Woman) to Spanish flamenco on Paco de Lucía melodies that were used in the 1984 thriller The Hit.

Quadro Nuevo acknowledge tango's pre-Astor Piazzolla era with their thoughtful arrangement of singer Carlos Gardel's theme from the 1935 movie El Día Que Me Quieras -- a theme that was revived 71 years later in 2006, when Penelope Cruz performed the song in Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's Volver. However, Quadro Nuevo don't use a vocalist, and they don't perform "El Día Que Me Quieras" in a 1930s-like fashion; their instrumental version has a strong Piazzolla influence (when Gardel died in 1935, Piazzolla was only 14 and had yet to become well known). Full of surprises, Ciné Passion is not only excellent, it is also one of Quadro Nuevo's most essential albums. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide