Saturday, 1 December 2012

Tango DJ interviews

Today I have decided to write a post that will be completely different from the others. A few months ago SuperSabino, a great and popular DJ from Italy, came up with a very interesting initiative. He started interviewing tango DJs and the text of the interviews can be found at his blog:

Please visit the blog and read as much as you can. You will really find valuable comments that are interesting not only for tango DJs, but also for all the dancers.

I have been one of the interviewed DJs. If you are interested in reading my interview, you can check the following link:

All the DJs got the same set of questions. Four in particular attracted my attention :

1) Three orchestras that can not miss in one evening?
2) Your three favorite orchestras, which may also be different from the previous ones?
3) What are the three bands or singers you can not stand?
4) What is the band most underrated by the general public and which is the most overrated?

At the moment there are 28 interviews available. The DJs are from Argentina and Europe (mainly Italy, but many other countries are represented as well). I thought it could be interesting to put the ideas of those DJs together and see what is the outcome... So here are the results of my small analysis.

The question 1 and 2 were answered in the following way:

Question 1 Question 2
D'Arienzo 89% 57%
Di Sarli 89% 54%
Troilo 39% 25%
Canaro 21% 32%
Biagi 21% 25%
Pugliese 21% 50%
Fresedo 18% 29%
Calo 4% 11%
D'Agostino 4% 4%
Tanturi 4% 7%
Laurenz 4% 14%
Demare 0% 4%
Lomuto 0% 7%
Garcia 0% 4%
OTV 0% 4%
Varela 0% 4%
Rodriguez 0% 7%
Piazzolla 0% 4%

Pretty much all DJs agree that d'Arienzo and di Sarli are by far the most important orchestras. There are 7 orchestras that clearly come ahead, when talking about must-have-in-milongas music.

There is quite a big difference between personal preferences of the DJs (question 2) and what they think should be played in milongas (question 1). It terms of personal preference, Pugliese is much more appreciated, whereas d'Arienzo and di Sarli are appreciated a bit less, but they are still on the top of the ranking.

When asked about orchestras and singers that the DJ's "can't stand" the first comment in many cases was that "can't stand" is "maybe too much". But still there were some names given...The "winner" in this category is.... Alfredo de Angelis - 10 DJs mentioned they don't like him (either in general or some particular parts of his recordings). I'm not a big fan of de Angelis myself and actually I have been challenged about it by some readers of my blog.. It looks like I'm not alone in my preferences:). The second place in "the least appreciated" category went to.... Héctor Varela. His name was mentioned by 7 DJs (surprisingly I´m not a big fan of Varela either :). The third place went to Enrique Rodriguez with 2 votes only... Other orchestras mentioned (by 1 DJ each) were Firpo, Villasboas, Francini-Pontier, Malerba, OTV, Sassone.

Concerning the over and under rated orchestras: There isn't a common agreement on this topic. Troilo and Pugliese seem to be underrated in the opinion of DJ 7 and 4 respectively. Overrated orchestras: Varela (no surprice - 5 DJs) and Canaro (5 DJs). Those were the only frequently repeating answers. Quite many DJs say that some "older" orchestras (Canaro, Donato, Orquesta Tipica Victor) are overrated and too frequently played, in Europe in particular.

I think that if we put the comments of those 28 DJs together we will gain a huge amount of tango knowledge and experience. Those people come from different countries, are of different age and have different tango background. However, they have similar preferences and tastes. I think that the results is an indicator of what is good, valuable tango music and also what is less important and not that good.

This does not absolutely mean that we need to go against our personal preferences! If one loves and gets inspired by the music of de Angelis and Varela - that's great! The most important is to enjoy the dance and feel the music deep inside.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Héctor Varela

Orchestra: Héctor Varela

Singers: Jorge Falcón, Argentino Ledesma, Rodolfo Lesica, Fernando Soler, Armando Laborde,  Instrumental

Period: 1950–1979

Héctor Varela has recorded a few hundreds of songs, but only very few titles (10-12) are known to the wider tango audience. Between 1939 and1949 Varela played in d'Arienzo's orchestra, so there's no surprise that his own orchestra was playing very rhythmically. At the same time many songs are dramatic and the singers are very prominent.

I really like Varela's milongas. They are quite difficult to dance, but their energy and humor (e.g. in case of Hazme Cu-Cu) are great! Several valses are very good and it is worth listening to them.

DJ Comment

I think Héctor Varela is an example of "tango fashion". He became very popular some years ago. One could hear a tanda of his music at every big festival. I feel that recently he is becoming a bit less popular, giving space to some other "in-fashion" orchestras (like currently Donato Racciatti).

I am not the biggest fan of Varela's music. But I know that many dancers love it, so I play it occasionally. If I do it, it's normally in a bigger place with high number of tangueros. In my opinion this music is not appropriate for  small, local milongas. If you play a tanda of Varela you may increase the volume a bit, so that people feel more energy and get carried away...

Song examples:


Fueron tres años, Canta Argentino Ledesma, 1956
Bailan Fabian Peralta - Lorena Ermocida
Diego Riemer - Mariana Dragone

Fumando Espero, Canta Argentino Ledesma, 1955

Muchacha, Canta Argentino Ledesma, 1956

Qué Tarde Que Has Venido, Canta Argentino Ledesma, 1956


Una Lagrimita, Canta Jorge Falcón, 1973

Igual Que Dos Palomas, Cantan Argentino Ledesma, Rodolfo Lesica, 1953, Bailan Sebastian Jimenez Maria Ines Bogado

Gota de lluvia, Cantan Argentino Ledesma, Rodolfo Lesica, 1956, Bailan Sebastian Arce Mariana Montes


Con Flauta Y Guitarra, Cantan Jorge Falcón, Fernando Soler, 1973
Con Flauta Y Guitarra, Cantan Armando Laborde, Rodolfo Lesica, 1973
Bailan Sebastian Arce - Mariana Montes

Haceme Cu-Cú, Cantan Jorge Falcón, Fernando Soler, 1973

Azúcar, Pimienta Y Sal, Cantan Jorge Falcón, Fernando Soler, 1973

Silueta Porteña, Canta Argentino Ledesma, 1956

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Rodolfo Biagi - Valses

Orchestra: Rodolfo Biagi

Singers: Alberto Amor, Andres Falgas, Jorge Ortiz, Teófilo Ibáñez, Hugo Duval, Instrumental

Period: 1938–1956

Biagi is very highly ranked when it comes to his selection of valses. They are amongst my favorites. The variety of songs is quite high and many recordings are available on CDs (aprox. 22 ). We will find faster ones (in general recorded between 1938-1939) and slower ones (mostly later recordings). All of them have a very clear rhythm, but several songs (e.g. Paloma) are more melodic and softer than others.

DJ comment
You don’t risk anything by playing a tanda of Biagi valses in any milonga. They always work very well. The quality of the recordings is consistently very good which makes building tandas easier. For me most of the songs are great and I am happy to hear any of them. 

Song examples:

La Loca de Amor, Canta Teófilo Ibáñez, 1938

Amor y vals, Canta Alberto Lago, 1942
Bailan Chicho - Juana
Bailan Claudio Forte - Barbara Carpino
Bailan Mario Consiglieri - Anabella Diaz Hojman

Cuatro Palabras, Canta Jorge Ortiz, 1941
Bailan Fausto Carpino - Stephanie Fesneau
Bailan Alejandro Berón - Verónica Vazquez
Bailan Jaimes Freidgen - Mariana Dragone

Lágrimas y Sonrisas, Instrumental, 1941

Paloma, Canta Alberto Amor, 1945

Viejo Porton, Canta Teófilo Ibañez, 1938, Bailan Arce Montes
Bailan Gustavo Naveria - Giselle Anne
Bailan Sebastian Jiménez - María Inés Bogado
Bailan Ozgur Demir - Marina Marques
Bailan Nestor Ray - Silvina

Adoración, Cantan Hugo Duval, Carlos Heredia, 1951
Bailan Claudio Forte - Barbara Carpino
Bailan Thierry Le Cocq - Alessia Lyndin

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Rodolfo Biagi - Overview

If you ask DJs or dancers to give an example of orchestras playing good, rhythmical music in most cases the first choice will be Juan d'Arienzo, the second Rodolfo Biagi. I think this is the correct answer, for Biagi to be just after d'Arienzo :). I love Biagi's music. When I hear any of his songs in a milonga, I immediately start searching for a partner to dance it :).

Biagi has worked with many famous musicians like Juan Maglio "Pacho", Carlos Gardel, Juan Canaro. In 1935 he joined the orchestra of Juan d'Arienzo. It was a very important moment. His integration to D'Arienzo's orchestra influenced his own musical future, and at the same time had an impact on d'Arienzo's style, which set a new direction for the tango music! Guardia Vieja period had finished, Golden Age had started. Biagi left d'Arienzo's orchestra in 1938 to set-up his own orchestra.

Amongst Biagi's recordings, one can find a wide and diverse selection of music. His tangos from the early period (1938 - 1945) are faster and very rhythmic. Later (1946 - 1962) they are still rhythmic, but slower and much more melodic. His valses are great and should not be missed in any tango event! My favorite ones are Viejo Portón and Paloma. As far as I know there are only 7 milongas available on CDs. But there are real pearls. One of them, possibly the best milonga of all times: Flor De Monserrat.

For more detailed biographical and discographical information please go to:
Todo Tango - Rodolfo Biagi

In the next post I will start from presenting Biagi's valses....

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Rafael Canaro

Orchestra: Rafael Canaro

Singers: Aldo Campoamor, Luis Scalon, Raul Sanders, Carlos Dante, Roger Toussaint, Instrumental

Period: 1927–1948

In this post I'd like to write a few words about one of less famous orchestras and it's leader Rafael Canaro. There are many not widely known facts about Rafael and I am more than happy to share some of them with you. Rafael was a brother of Francisco, one of the biggest and most famous tango musicians of all times. In the family there were 3 more brothers, each of them was a tango musician and an orchestra leader: Humberto, Juan and Mario.

The Canaro family was coming from Uruguay. We should not think that tango equals Argentina and Buenos Aires. The contribution of Uruguay and Mondevideo to the history of tango is significant. Other musicians coming from that country were: Edgardo Donato, Julio Sosa, Miguel Villasboas and many others. The most famous tango "La Cumparsita" was composed in 1919 by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez in Montevideo.

Rafael Canaro spent more than 10 years in Europe. He lived and recorded mainly in France (some songs are in French), but also in Spain and Germany. He composed (together with Francisco) one of my favorite tangos: Sentimiento Gaucho

DJ comment:

In my opinion Rafael Canaro recorded his best songs in Europe (1929-1939). You will find there lots of songs from repertoire of his brother Francisco, but they sound quite different. If you want to calm down the milonga and make your dancers hug each other more, a tanda of Rafael Canaro is a great choice.

Rafael Canaro's orchestra is one of the "non-mainstream" ones. I tend to avoid frequently playing tandas of those orchestras. I like keeping their special and less popular character. Other orchestras in this category could be: Jose Garcia, Donato Racciatti, Hector Varela, etc... But this is only my personal preference, you are free to do as you feel right.

Song examples:

Viejos Tiempos, Canta Aldo Campoamor, 1939

Paciencia, Canta Luis Scalon, 1938

Que le importa al mundo, Canta Luis Scalon, 1938

Yo no sé por qué te quiero, Canta Raul Sanders, 1936

A Montmartre, Canta Carlos Dante, 1929

Rien que nous deux , Canta Raúl Sanders, 1937 - in French

La mélodie de notre adieu, Canta Roger Toussaint, 1936 - in French

Friday, 17 August 2012

Enrique Rodríguez - Foxtrots

Orchestra: Enrique Rodríguez

Singers: Armando Moreno, Roberto Flores, Roberto Videla, Instrumental

Period: 1937–1970

A few days ago I was at a tango marathon. Around 5 a.m. on Sunday the energy of the milonga was going down and the only reasonable choice for me seemed to be going to the hotel. Suddenly the DJ started playing a tanda of Foxtrots by Rodríguez. The floor filled up with the dancers (I was one of them) immediately and it brought the milonga back to life. So here comes the topic for this post...
As I wrote in one of my previous posts, Rodríguez was recording quite many different music genres (e.g. Corridos, Foxtrots, Marchas, Pasodobles, Polcas). His orchestra was called “Orquesta de todos ritmos”. Foxtrots had quite an important place in the repertoire. I´m aware of at least 50 recorded songs. During milongas they can be treated as "special" milongas. They are a bit more difficult to dance than a regular milonga, but I think it does not matter much. The fun you get dancing those foxtrots compensates any difficulties...
In songs recorded by Rodríguez there are many references to locations from outside of Argentina. In his foxtrots there are quite many Hungarian motifs. This is particularly close to my heart as I´m currently living in Budapest. The ones that come to my mind now are:
-          Noches de Hungría (also the name of a great tango marathon of Budapest),
-          Danza Hungara no5 (based on Hungarian dance by Johannes Brahms),
-          Alma de Dios (based on  Cancion Hungara from Zarzuela Alma de Dios)
-          Amor En Budapest
-      Please let me know if there are more of them :)

DJ Comment
I've got only one remark: don't use those foxtrots too often. If you do, their special character will be gone... So "play with moderation" :)

Song examples:

La Calesita Se Destrozó, Canta Roberto Flores, 1937

La Colegiala, Canta Roberto Flores, 1938
Bailan Yanick Wyler - Sigrid Van Tilbeurgh
Bailan Gaston Torelli ' Mariela

Amor En Budapest, Canta Armando Moreno, 1940

Noches de Hungría, Canta Armando Moreno, 1942

Se Va El Tren, Canta Armando Moreno, 1942

Suavemente, Canta Armando Moreno, 1942

Por Las Calles De Istambul, Canta Armando Moreno, 1944

Danza Húngara No. 5, Instrumental, 1947

Japonesita, Canta Roberto Videla, 1951

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Osvaldo Fresedo, Roberto Ray - Hollywood in Buenos Aires

Orchestra: Osvaldo Fresedo

Singer: Roberto Ray

Period: 1932–1939

During the 1920ies and at the beginning of the 1930ies Osvaldo Fresedo's orchestra was playing and recording in Guardia Vieja style. In 1933 Fresedo´s style completely changed. The music became much lighter, softer, more sophisticated. New instruments (harp, vibraphone, drums) had added a completely fresh flavor to his music. When I ask my tango friends to describe Fresedo's music from that period, they say that is sounds like as if from a movie, straight from Hollywood.

At the beginning I wanted to cover all of the "Hollywod" period in one post. But there are so many great songs and singers in that period, that this post would be far too long. So I have decided to cut it in more pieces.

So let's start from the beginning. Roberto Ray was the first singer in that period. He was recording with Fresedo during the 1930ies. A few songs were recorded between 1948 and 1950, after nearly 10 years of break. Between the best and most known songs you'll find: Vida Mía, Siempre Es Carnaval, Sollozos, El Once (El 11), Cordobesita, Isla De Capri. The first 4 songs were composed by Fresedo himself. The Lyrics of those 4 songs (and many others) were written by the brother of Osvaldo, Emilio Fresedo.

DJ comment:
Orchestra of Osvaldo Fresedo is not played very frequently in the milongas of Buenos Aires. That obviously doesn't mean it should't be played more often elsewhere :). Amongst the recordings with Ray you'll find material for faster tandas (e.g. Araca La Cana, Cordobesita, El Mareo, Telón), but also very slow and romantic songs (e.g. Pampero, Siempre Es Carnaval, Vida Mía).  One of my favorite songs is "Como Aquella Princessa" with its very distinctive oriental sound...

Song examples:

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Osvaldo Fresedo - Overview

Osvaldo Fresedo is one of the most interesting characters in the history of tango. He was apparently the longest recording tango musician ever. My music collection indicates 60 years of recording (the first from 1920, the last from 1980). Todo Tango's biography mentions 63 years. That's a very long period and lots of things have happened during that time.

Not many people know that in the 1920ies and early 1930ies, Fresedo was recording in Guardia Vieja style (similar to Orquesta Tipica Victor, Adolfo Carabelli, etc...). Some of the recordings from that period are really amazing and I will surely write a separate post about them. I hope they will be becoming more popular and we will hear them more frequently in the milongas...

His most popular recordings come from the 1930ies and the 1940ies. During that period he developed his very particular and easy to recognize style. The music is very soft, romantic and it feels like it has some Hollywood touch. Fresedo's orchestra from that time could hardly be called "Típica". A¨normal¨ orchestra "típica" (as it is the case of the most famous tango orchestras) includes: violins, bandoneóns, piano, and double bass.. Fresedo's orchestra on top of the standard instruments  included harp, vibraphone and drums. That surely contributed to his unique style.

During the 1950ies his music gets a more jazzy flavour. It's still very good and danceable (though I would not play it in milongas too often). Later recordings are rather interesting for listening only.

Fresedo's discography is quite big (more than 1000 recordings), but one can hardly find any songs suitable for dancing milongas and valses. As far as I remember I have heard only once a tanda of Fresedo's valses (during La Latina marathon in Rome). I liked it a lot, but I'd treat is as something special and keep it for only very rare occassions.
Fresedo had quite many prominent singers recording with his orchestra. Below I list the main ones:

Early Period / Guardia Vieja style (1920 - 1932)
  • Ernesto Famá
  • Ada Falcón
  • Teófilo Ibañez
  • Luis Díaz
 Middle Period / Hollywood style (1932 - 1950)
  • Roberto Ray
  • Ricardo Ruiz
  • Carlos Mayel
  • Oscar Serpa
Late Period / Jazzy Fresedo (after 1950)
  • Héctor Pacheco
  • Armando Garrido
The singers from the early period are surely more known from their recordings with different orchestras: Ernesto Famá with di Sarli and Canaro, Ada Falcón with Canaro, Teofilo Ibañez with Biagi, Luis Díaz with Orchestra Típica Victor and Edgardo Donato.

That's enough for now, let's move to the next post to listen to some music and watch some videos.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Francisco Canaro - Fast / Late Milongas

Orchestras: Francisco Canaro, Quinteto Pirincho

Singers: Ernesto Famá, Carlos Roldan, Instrumental

Period: 1938-1947

As time went by, the milongas of Canaro became faster and faster. In the period between 1932-1937 the speed was ranging from 76 to 90 bpm. 76 is rather slow (e.g. Milonga Sentimental), 90 starts to be reasonably fast (e.g. Milonga de Antańo). Suddenly in 1938 songs started to speed up and after that period they ranged from 96 bpm to 116 bpm (116 is a really fast milonga - e.g. Requebrada).

Personally, as a dancer, I like most of the songs recorded between 1938 and 1939. One can find amongst them "hits" like: Reliquias Porteñas, La Milonga de Buenos Aires, No Hay Tierra Como La Mía and many others... Similar to many other orchestras something changed in the beginning of  the 1940ies. The later milongas are less enjoyable and more difficult to dance.

DJ comment:

As written above, the milongas from the later period are very fast. For that reason they might not  be appreciated by some less experienced dancers. Milongas sung by Carlos Roldan are very good, playful but not very easy to dance. Quite many times I have seen dancers (even pretty advanced ones) leaving the dance floor in the middle of tanda.

So you'll probably need to be a bit more careful while playing the later milongas of Canaro, but still they should be in the repertoire of every DJ. There are lots of great songs to choose from.

Song examples:

Reliquias Porteñas, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Instrumental, 1938
Bailan Javier Rodriguez - Geraldine Rojas
Bailan Javier Rodriguez - Andrea Missè
Bailan Sebastian Jimenez - Maria Ines Bogado
Bailan Fabian Peralta - Virginia Pandolfi

La milonga de mis tiempos, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Instrumental, 1938, Bailan Sebastian Arce - Mariana Montes
Bailan Sebastian Arce - Mariana Montes, Version 2

Mi Buenos Aires, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canata Ernesto Fama, 1938

Milonga Brava, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Roberto Maida, Bailan Pablo Noelia
Bailan Sebastian Achaval - Roxana Suarez

La Milonga de Buenos Aires, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Ernesto Fama, 1939
Bailan Sebastian Arce - Mariana Montes

No hay tierra como la mía, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Ernesto Fama, 1939

Parque Patricios, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Ernesto Fama, 1940

Caran Can Fu, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Carlos Roldan, 1941, Bailan Oscar Mandagaran - Georgina Vargas

Serenata, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Carlos Roldan, 1944

La Naranja Nacio Verde, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Cantan Carlos Roldan, Hector Castel, 1944

Se Dice De Mi, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Carlos Roldan, 1943

Arrabalero, Orquesta Quinteto Pirincho, 1950, Bailan Horacio Godoy - Cecilia Garcia

Friday, 13 July 2012

Juan d'Arienzo - Tango Revolution

Orchestra: Juan d'Arienzo

Singers: Alberto Echagüe, Enrique Carbel, Instrumental

Period: 1935-1939

When you read about d'Arienzo, you might come across phrases like:"he returned music to the dancers", "he revolutionized tango music", "with d'Arienzo new era in tango music starts ", etc... I am not an expert, but I'm pretty sure that the people who wrote those statements, knew well what they were talking about :)

What I know for certain is that in 1935 something significant happened. When I go through my music collection in chronological order I have a feeling that all of the music before 1935 is somehow similar. That obviously does not mean that until that time nothing interesting was happening in the tango music scene. Lots of great orchestras were recording, each one with a particular style (especially Fresedo with his “Hollywood flavour"). But when I listen to the first recordings of d'Arienzo from 1935 they stand out significantly. Something has changed. It's like a breath of fresh air... There’s not point in writing much more. Just listen and judge yourself.

It's important to mention that Rodolfo Biagi was a pianist in d'Arienzo’s orchestra at that time (1935-1938). He did significantly contribute to the new, unique style.

The D'Arienzo from the 1930ies is nearly a MUST for every milonga. The recordings are very rhythmical and easy to dance. No matter what time played, a tanda of songs from that period will surely bring most of the dancers to the dance floor.

Alberto Echagüe was the main singer of the orchestra in the 1930ies. Enrique Carbel has recorded only one song: Paciencia. Only one song, but a great one. Another singer from that time was Walter Cabral: he did not record any tangos, but rather a few valses and a milonga.

Song examples:

9 de Julio, Orquesta Juan d'Arienzo, Instrumental, 1935

El Flete, Orquesta Juan d'Arienzo, Instrumental, 1936
Bailan Octavio Fernandez - Corina Herrera
Bailan Chicho - Juana Sepulvera
Bailan Federico Naveira - Ines Muzzopappa

Ataniche, Orquesta Juan d'Arienzo, Instrumental, 1936
Bailan Federico Naveira - Ines Muzzopappa

Paciencia, Orquesta Juan d'Arienzo, Canta Enrique Carbel, 1937

Pensalo Bien, Orquesta Juan d'Arinezo, Canta Alberto Echagüe, 1938
Bailan Sebastian Arce - Mariana Montes
Bailan Pablo Veron - Teresa Cunha
Bailan Oscar Casas - Mary Ann Casas, Osky Casas - Luisa Pasierkowska

Nada Mas, Orquesta Juan d'Arinezo, Canta Alberto Echagüe, 1938

La Bruja, Orquesta Juan d'Arinezo, Canta Alberto Echagüe, 1938
Bailan Nestor Ray - Patricia Garcia

No Mientas, Orquesta Juan d'Arinezo, Canta Alberto Echagüe, 1938

Friday, 22 June 2012

Osvaldo Pugliese, Jorge Maciel

Orchestra: Osvaldo Pugliese

Singer: Jorge Maciel

Period: 1954–1967

My next post was supposed to be about Fast/Late milongas of Canaro, but I have changed my mind in the very last moment. On Thursday evening last week I DJ-ed an outdoor milonga. It was quite cold but still quite many people came. During the whole evening I was trying to keep the energy high so that the dancers don't get cold and don't go home. Unexpectedly, mainly for myself :), I have decided to play as the last tanda Osvaldo Pugliese with Jorge Maciel. And I liked it a lot. So here comes our new chapter…

A friend of mine commented the previous post about Pugliese: "Many of my most memorable tandas were Pugliese's". He gets the point and I definitely share his opinion. Jorge Maciel is my favorite singer of Pugliese. The songs are not the easiest to dance, but if you put emotions to the dance you have a high chance for a special experience.


What I wrote to the post about early recordings of Pugliese will apply here as well. Surely a tanda with Maciel can be "the tanda"of the evening. I usually like to finish the evening with some lighter music (e.g. Donato or Canaro), but that Thursday for some unknown reason I had played Pugliese in the end. And I think it worked pretty well... I would suggest not abusing this type of music. If you play it every week it will lose its exceptional mood and you will not be able to achieve as great an effect as you would have liked to...

Song examples:

Esta Noche De Luna, Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese, Canta Jorge Maciel, 1955
Bailan Sebastian Arce - Mariana Montes
Bailan Fabian Peralta - Virginia Pandolfi
Bailan Julio Balmaceda - Corina de la Rosa
Bailan Sebastian Achaval - Roxana Suarez
Bailan Edwin Espinosa - Virginia Pandolfi

El Pañuelito, Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese, Canta Jorge Maciel, 1959

Cascabelito, Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese, Canta Jorge Maciel, 1955
Bailan Juan Martin Carrara - Stefania Colina

Remembranzas, Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese, Canta Jorge Maciel, 1956
Bailan Gaston Torelli - Moira Castellano 
Bailan Ismael Ludman - Maria Mondino
Bailan Ozgur Demir - Cécilia Berra

Adiós Corazón, Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese, Canta Jorge Maciel, 1958

El Adiós, Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese, Canta Jorge Maciel, 1963

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Francisco Canaro - Slow / Early Milongas

Orchestra: Francisco Canaro

Singers: Ernesto Famá, Roberto Maida, Instrumental

Period: 1933–1937

Compared to other orchestras, Francisco Canaro has the biggest collection of good quality, popular, enjoyable, playful and easy to dance milongas. I don't think anybody will disagree with this statement. There's a very high chance to hear at least one Canaro milonga tanda in every milonga. I personally love them and I never get bored with them.

There are so many great and famous songs I would like to share, that is the reason why I have decided to split Canaro's milongas into 2 posts. Once again, chronology and evolution of style of orchestras will help us. Earlier milongas are much slower than the later ones. Yet, they have great energy and they bring a lot of fun to the dance floor.

A tanda of older milongas of Canaro is a great choice for any circumstance. They are appreciated by both beginners (slow, regular rhythm = easy to dance) and advanced dancers (if you know every single beat of a song you can make great things with the dance). Those songs can be played at any time during the milonga: early (when you don't want to take the energy too high wondering what to do next), in the middle (e.g. after some higher energy, fast tanda of tango) or late (when your dancers are already tired, those milongas will bring them back to the floor).

Song examples:

Milonga Sentimental, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Ernesto Famá, 1933
Bailan Mario Consiglieri - Anabella Diaz Hojman
Bailan Dani 'El Flaco' Garcia - Silvina Valz

Yo me llamo "Juan te quiero", Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Ernesto Famá, 1934
Bailan Claudio Forte - Barbara Carpino

Negrito, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Carlos Galan, 1934, Bailan Maximiliano Gluzman - Mirta Tiseyra
Bailan Horacio Rodríguez - Lili Jammes

Larga Las Penas, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Roberto Maida, 1935, Bailan Rodrigo Fonti - Mila vigdorova
Bailan Fausto Carpino - Veronica Toumanova

Milonga Criolla, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Roberto Maida, 1936
Bailan Sebastian Arce - Mariana Montes
Bailan Chicho Frumboli - Juana Sepulveda

Silueta porteña, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Canta Roberto Maida, 1936
Bailan Diego El Pájaro Riemer - Maria Belen Giachello
Bailan Ozgur Demir - Marina Marques

Milonga de Antańo, Orquesta Francisco Canaro, Instrumental, 1937, Bailan Gonzalo Orihuela - Solange Chapperon

Friday, 8 June 2012

Alfredo de Angelis - Valses

Orchestra: Alfredo de Angelis

Singer(s): Carlos Dante, Julio Martel, Oscar Larroca, Floreal Ruíz

Period: 1944–1961


So far I have been writing only about tangos. But now the time has come: valses!
As I wrote before, de Angelis is probably more famous for his valses than for his tangos and milongas. I would split his valses between early and late ones. The early ones (1944-1950) are very popular and highly appreciated by most dancers. The late valses (1950-1961) are less popular and many dancers don't like them. I personally love the late ones, especially those sung by the duo Dante - Larroca. Have a look on the video examples and you will notice the difference very quickly.

The valses of de Angelis are similar to the milongas of Francisco Canaro: you can go the whole evening without using them, but you will probably do better to put them on your list :). The late valses are not really appreciated by many dancers, but one tanda played at the right moment may work. Give it a try and challenge your dancers a bit :)

The energy of the de Angelis' valses is quite high but it does not mean that they are very fast. It is not the beats per minute, but rather the orchestration that makes the difference. I propose you a small experiment: compare Lina, Criolla or Como Las Margaritas with d'Arienzo's Mentias or Pabellon de Rosas. All songs have similar beats per minute (aprox 70), but the valses of d'Arienzo seem much slower...Interesting, isn't it?

Song examples:

Mi novia de ayer, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Canta Floreal Ruíz, 1944

El Vals De Nochebuena, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Canta Carlos Dante, 1944

Soñar y nada más, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Cantan Carlos Dante y Julio Martel, 1944

Ilusión Azl, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Canta Carlos Dante, 1945
Bailan Sebastian Arce - Mariana Montes
Bailan Fernando Sanchez - Ariadna Naveira

Pobre Flor, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Cantan Carlos Dante y Julio Martel, 1946

Pequeña, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Canta Carlos Dante, 1949
Bailan Julio Balmaceda - Cecilia Gonzales

El Santo de la Espada, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Canta Julio Martel, 1950

Criolla, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Cantan Carlos Dante, Oscar Larroca, 1951

Como Las Margaritas, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Cantan Carlos Dante, Oscar Larroca, 1952

Lina, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Cantan Carlos Dante, Oscar Larroca, 1952

Adiós, Adiós, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Cantan Carlos Dante, Oscar Larroca, 1955

Angélica, Orquesta Alfredo de Angelis, Canta Juan Carlos Godoy, 1961