Selections recorded at Auditorio Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina and El Pie Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Personnel: Marcelo Alvarez (tenor); Diego Sánchez (cello); Néstor Marconi (bandoneon); Pablo Ziegler (piano).
Audio Mixers: Mauricio Guerrero; Jorge Calandrelli.
Recording information: Auditorio Belgrano (04/14/1999-04/20/1999); El Pie Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina (04/14/1999-04/20/1999).
Arranger: Jorge Calandrelli.
At a time when Latin pop heartthrobs are big in the music business, with stars like Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony, it's rather remarkable to come across a singer celebrating the work of a tango crooner who died nearly 60 years ago. Alvarez's dramatic tenor is suitably strong and passionate throughout. Unfortunately, the producers fall in the rather morbid trap of setting up a duet between Alvarez and Gardel using a recording of "Mi Buenos Aires Querido" from 1934, which sounds particularly forced here. Other than that, this is a moving labor of love by a very gifted singer. ~ Tim Sheridan