The Tango started life as music of the slums and took on the form of an earthy and sensual dance. The music exudes strong feelings of sensuality, passion and the Romantic element of the tragic too. The dance's dervish and dramatic nature imbued the music with a sense of the ‘dance of death.’

In essence the music of exiled people, the themes of Tangos often centre on broken love, the sadness for having left a country behind, and a desire and passion for life!

Charles Hazlewood is joined by quintet, Tango Volcano and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra to explore the history of this exciting and sensual world.

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1 hour, 6 minutes


Role Contributor
PresenterCharles Hazlewood
OrchestraBBC Concert Orchestra

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