Sunday, 25 January 2015

Aníbal Troilo with Francisco Fiorentino

If you go to any milonga with traditional music, you will probably hear at least one tanda of Troilo. If you do, there is a high chance that Francisco Fiorentino will be a singer.

Francisco Fiorentino started his career as a bandoneonist, not as a vocalist. In 1928 he joined the orchestra of Francisco Canaro. The orchestra leader realized that Fiorentino is a talented singer. Since then, for several years Fiorentino did both playing and singing in orchestras of Juan Carlos Cobián, Roberto Firpo, Pedro Maffia, Juan D'Arienzo, Roberto Zerrillo, Minotto Di Cicco and Francisco Canaro.

In 1937 Fiorentino joined the orchestra of Troilo and stayed working with him until 1944. This was the top period in his career. Afterwards, he created his own orchestra lead by Astor Piazzolla, but it did not turn out to be a success. For more detailed biographical and discographical information please go to:
Todo Tango - Francisco Fiorentino (available only in Spanish)

I split the recordings of Troilo with Fiorentino into 2 groups: early (from 1941 till 1942) and late (from1942 till 1944). It is much easier to build consistent tanda if you stick to songs from one period only. More experienced DJs can obviously mix them.

Songs from early period are very rhythmic and fast (65-70 beats per minute). They are full of syncopations. A tanda of songs from this period will never fail. Both beginners and advanced dancers will enjoy it and the energy in the room will go up! From this period comes the famous recording of En Esta Tarde Gris.

Songs from late period are very melodic and slow (58-65 beats per minute). If played in milonga, some of them can be challenging for less experienced dancers. You can use tanda of recodings from that period after a tanda of milonga, when you want to calm down the dance floor and bring more emotions.

Song examples:

Early period:

En Esta Tarde Gris, canta Francisco Fiorentino, 1941
Bailan Gaston Torelli y Noelia Hurtado

Tinta Roja, canta Francisco Fiorentino, 1941
Bailan Paulina Cazabon y José Luis Gonzalez

El bulín de la calle Ayacucho, canta Francisco Fiorentino, 1941
Bailan Javier Rodriguez y Andrea Misse

Late period:

Malena, canta Francisco Fiorentino, 1942

Cada Vez Que Me Recuerdes, canta Francisco Fiorentino, 1943

Sosiego en la noche, canta Francisco Fiorentino, 1943

Friday, 23 January 2015

Aníbal Troilo - Overview


Aníbal Troilo´s orchestra is put by most experienced dancers and DJs in top 4 of the best and most important  formations in the history of tango (together with d´Arienzo, di Sarli and Pugliese). I´m actually quite surprised that I have not written about it before. :) I feel that this orchestra is recently  becoming more popular and is now "in fashion".

Troilo formed his first own band in 1938. Before he played with many famous and influential tango musicians: the violinists Juan d'Arienzo, Julio de Caro, Alfredo Gobbi and Elvino Vardaro, the pianist Osvaldo Pugliese, the bandoneonists Ciriacio Ortiz, Juan Maglio, Luis Petrucelli.

Troilo had been recording between 1938 and 1971. The most famous recordings come from the 40ies: instrumentals and those with singers Francisco Fiorentino & Alberto Marino. But there is more to discover. Recordings with singer Floreal Ruíz (1944-1948) are very good and danceable. Some of the instrumentals from the 50ies can be also used in milongas. The rest of the recordings are very interesting, but mostly only for listening.

The orchestra of Troilo is one of the few that has a large selection of  tangos, valses and milongas. Valses are very popular and can be heard frequently in regular milongas, festivals and marathons. Milongas are good and danceable, but for some reason they are not regularly  played. As a dancer,  I don´t enjoy them much and I don´t use them as a DJ. The floor usually gets pretty empty when you hear them. :
If you are a tango DJ or a music collector you should definitely get the 16 CD collection "Obra Completa en RCA". Most of you will need  only the first 7 CDs (recordings up to 1948). Later recordings are less interesting from dancing perspective. The covers of those CDs look like the following:

For more detailed biographical and discographical information please go to:
Todo Tango - Aníbal Troilo

In the next post I will start from presenting Troilo´s work with Francisco Fiorentino. As a teaser, you´ll find a few of my favorite songs below...

En Esta Tarde Gris, canta Francisco Fiorentino, 1941

Tinta Roja, canta Francisco Fiorentino, 1941

Lagrimitas De Mi Corazón, cantan Edmundo Rivero y Floreal Ruiz, 1948