In twelve songs and a monologue CRIME OF PASSION explores the mind of a murderer, often too closely for comfort. It's a dark but fascinating work, written by Pierre Phillipe and the undisputed master of the tango accordion Astor Piazzolla, and acted and sung by Jerome Pradon, a performer of extraordinary magnetism.

Pradon's natural brilliance and wide stage experience enable him to portray both the chilling and poetic sides of his character, while singing faultlessly and evoking the alienation that's driven him to his crimes. Oliver Probst's piano supplies all the musical backing that's needed in this start piece, which conjures up an atmosphere reminiscent of Jen Genet's prison novels. Seriously impressive, if weighty, stuff.

  -Alistair Mabbott
14th August 2001
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