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A Spanish delight

Tango
Richard Clayderman

HMV
Rs 95

This time Richard Clayderman's piano plays against a background of pulsating samba and salsa hythms. Tango is a compilation of bright Latin-American tunes, rich with castanets and colourful chord progressions.

Caminito (The lane) sets the pace, with lively arrangements of the accordion, pizzicato and the bass guitar. Sus ojos se cerraron(Her eyes closed) is quieter with a classical progression reminiscent of the 1960's instrumental recordings of Paul Mauriat and Andre Kostelanetz. The most striking arrangements are with the guitar and violin.

The Latin-American element comes into play strongly in the third song, Volver, which begins like the title soundtrack of some grand movie and then turns into a playful tune.

El dia que me quieras (The day I fell in love with you) is a catchy pop song. The piano leads instead of a voice.

Mi Buenos Aires querido/ My darling Buenos Aires is a love song to the city. Madonna did a similar but faster number in Evita.

La Cumparsita (Share) begins sentimentally, with no rhythms and a typical Clayderman entry with a piano flourish. But when the accordion and the castanets come in, the tone changes pleasantly. The soft piano, the violin harmonies, the restrained pop beat, the accordion and the castanets make for a very good combination. Towards the end the accordion improvises along the piano with aching simplicity.

Mano a mano (One on one)is played on an accordion chord progression and a pulsating beat. The guitar completes the Latin picture. The piano-guitar duet portions are charming and the acoustics are fresh. The guitar is exceptionally well played.

Olivier Toussaint has conceived and arranged the orchestra. But there are no individual credits either for the accompanists or the orchestra.

In A media luz (Romantic light) the accordion plays on a piano background and later backs up the piano. The beat is quite unremarkable.

In Adios pampa mio (Goodbye to the fields), a good-bye song, we are back to the familiar Clayderman, light classical with a jazzy chord progression.

El Choclo or Corn on the cob sounds like a funky techno-pop song in beat until the unexpected accordion breaks in. A song waiting to be plagiarised by Hindi film composers.


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