“[Ziegler] shows real empathy for the material and, with what one assumes is a scratch band of musicians, provides an excellent platform to support Schrott's dark-hued and gripping performances. Schrott may have made his name in opera but he proves a vital exponent of these smaller forms...Sony's recording is excellent” --Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

“Schrott is at his best in up-tempo numbers such as Violeta Parra's Gracias a la Vida, where you hear the laughter and pleasure in his tone, or Piazzolla's throbbing Rinascerò, which he snarls very sexily. Jobim's languid Insensatez is bliss” --The Guardian, 12th May 2011 ***

Erwin Schrott, (bass-baritone), Pablo Ziegler (piano)

Celebrated opera star Erwin Schrott dedicates his debut album on the label to the irresistible and passionate music of his Latin American origin.

This highly personal album has great significance for Erwin and comes from the depth of his heart. He chose to collaborate with Astor Piazzolla’s former pianist Pablo Ziegler, who not only plays piano on the album, but also provides both authentic musical arrangements, as well as his own original compositions.

The imaginative and intriguing program features a varied and exciting selection of passionate tangos by Astor Piazzolla, Pablo Ziegler and Juan Carlos Cobian as well as a number of evocative Argentinean and Brazilian folk songs.

Rojotango (Red Tango) forms a leitmotiv to the whole album and illustrates the emotional range featured in Tango: “ a mixture of passion, excitement, pain, bliss, torment and freedom” as Erwin Schrott puts it.

The music of South America, steeped in sultry passion, irresistible dance rhythms and melancholic reflection is a unique challenge for the vocal and interpretive abilities of a great singer. “Rojotango” promises to reveal new facets of Erwin’s sensuously dark, chocolatey voice.

This album will appeal to opera fans, a contemporary lifestyle audience and genuine fans of tango nuevo.

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