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The Grande Passion


Download links and information about The Grande Passion by Al Di Meola. This album was released in 2000 and it belongs to Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Rock, Latin genres. It contains 9 tracks with total duration of 59:32 minutes.

Artist: Al Di Meola
Release date: 2000
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Rock, Latin
Tracks: 9
Duration: 59:32
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No. Title Length
1. Misterio 7:53
2. Double Concerto 5:58
3. Prelude: Adagio for Theresa 1:21
4. The Grande Passion 9:05
5. Asia de Cuba 8:58
6. Soledad 7:37
7. Opus In Green 10:20
8. Libertango 5:07
9. Azucar 3:13



A rich, moody tapestry with flashes of fire, this CD incorporates elements of jazz, fusion, classical, Latin, tango, and Middle Eastern music. Sounding like the romantic soundtrack to an excellent foreign film, it's full of splendid moments, like the wash of colors on "Double Concerto," a sinuous composition by Al di Meola's "musical father and friend," Astor Piazzolla. Di Meola interprets two more beauties from the late Argentine tango legend — the tender "Soledad" and the churning, incendiary "Libertango," where he uses MIDI technology to approximate the classic bandoleon sound — and offers six of his own. One of them, the title track, could be the most gorgeous, soulful melody of 2000, stated in ways alternately delicate and powerful; when it finally crescendos it's like the ocean lifting, with the sun sparkling on it. His "Opus in Green," written with fine Argentine pianist Mario Parmisano, is very Return to Forever-like. Di Meola has phenomenal technique and a gift for unhackneyed writing; his famous blistering runs are in here, but only when they further the music — not gratuitously added for their own sake. The arrangements by di Meola and Parmisano make optimal use of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and soloists, creating an organically textured whole rather than the stringy soup that too often drowns such collections.