Argentine singer-guitar player Javier Di Ciriaco (who is also singer of the Sexteto Milonguero) lives all the words he sings, and he seems to experience all these high emotions of the tango lyrics and makes the audience feel them (listen to his version of Nostalgia by Cobián & Cadicamo). Often enough this may be too much, but he carefully keeps the balance. The singer writes that many years ago, he began singing “with all his senses”, and to sense “the interconnection of body, soul, and the audience”. Intimo – and one may believe it.
The way he enthusiastically manages this wide range of 13 different songs (one is a 4-song potpourri) deserves applause. Apart from classical tangos (i.e., Gardel´s Volver or El dia que me quieras) we also hear beautiful non-tangos such as Zamba para olvidar (by Daniel Toro & Julio Fontana) or Gracias a la vida (by Violeta Parra), but also contemporary pop songs such as Maria Carey´s My all or Elton John´s Sorry seems to be the hardest word with Spanish lyrics – and it works fine. Piazzolla & Ferrer´s Oblivion surprises with an arrangement quite different from what tangophiliacs may expect. Two songs were written by Javier Di Ciriaco and these underline that he is not only an impressive interpret of other composers´ songs, but also a great songwriter (listen to the rocking final song Miradas Perdidas).
His voice is in the forefront of the mix, the beautifully played piano by Burkhard Heßler dynamically supports his interpretations (in some songs we hear also a guitar played by Di Ciriaco). That´s all - more is not needed to convince the audience. I really like these recordings which are never ‘intrusive’: Both musicians have a very sensitive approach (despite some required pathos here and there). Not to miss his live shows is a must.