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Astor Piazzolla - Libertango.jpg
Single by Astor Piazzolla
from the album Libertango
Released 1974
Format Vinyl record (12")
Recorded Milan, Italy
Genre Tango Nuevo
Length 2:49
Label Carosello

Libertango is a composition by tango composer Ástor Piazzolla, recorded and published in 1974 in Milan. The title is a portmanteau merging "Libertad" (Spanish for liberty) and "Tango", symbolizing Piazzolla's break from Classical Tango to Tango Nuevo.


Ástor Piazzolla, recorded and published Libertango in 1974 in Milan, symbolizing his break from Classical Tango to Tango Nuevo.[1] (see below for recording details)

Cellist YoYo Ma played Libertango on his 1997 album - Soul of the Tango: The Music of Ástor Piazzolla.

It was featured by guitarist Al Di Meola in his 2000 album The Grande Passion.

In 2002 Libertango appeared on Australian/British classical crossover string quartet Bond second album "Shine".


Cuban-American singer/composer Luisa Maria Güell added lyrics in the theme of the "Libertango" title and recorded it for her 2007 album ' 'Una' '.

According to the performance database at All Music Guide, the composition has appeared on over 500 separate releases.[2] Grace Jones's song I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango) uses the same music, as does Jazz Mandolin Project's song "Jungle Tango", Guy Marchand's song "Moi je suis tango" and Kati Kovács's song Hívlak.

In 1997 Irish folk musician Sharon Shannon recorded a cover of Grace Jones' I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango) for her third album, Each Little Thing.[3] Featuring session vocals by Kirsty MacColl it also appeared in 2001 on The One and Only, a compilation album released after her death.[4] Shannon re-released the recording as the title track of her 2005 compilation.[5]


In the Prince of Tennis anime series, Atobe Keigo and Sanada Genichirou attended a performance of this song. They used it later to set the beat for their Doubles match. In the fandom these characters are known as the "Tango Pair".

Libertango was the backing music in the Tarot advert for Volvo's S60 compact executive saloon.[6]

The music was used in the Roman Polanski movie Frantic (1988), as well as in Jacques Rivette's film Le Pont du Nord (1981).

1974 performance[edit]

Astor Piazzolla

Producer: Aldo Pagani

Recorded in May 1974 at "Mondial Sound Studio", Milan (Italy)
Sound engineer: Tonino Paolillo


  1. ^ See Azzi and Collier, Le Grand Tango: The Life and Music of Ástor Piazzolla, Oxford University Press, 2000.
  2. ^ Performance Listing for "Libertango" at All Music Guide
  3. ^ Each Little Thing entry at All Music Guide
  4. ^ The One and Only entry at All Music Guide
  5. ^ Libertango entry at All Music Guide
  6. ^ Video from Volvo's YouTube channel.

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