Australian Tango Orquesta


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The Australian Tango Orquesta presented the first 4-bandoneón line-up in Australia, and it was not to be missed. A report on a wonderful afternoon of music with the Orquesta accompanies a look at the life of lyricist José Rotulo, and the interview with Chloe Williamson and Stephen Cutriss of Mendoza Tango Quartet will conclude. That’s Tango Capital, Sunday evening from 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: The Australian Tango Orquesta, 30 September 2017.


  • Como El Hornero, meaning ‘Like An Hornero’, the name a reference to the rufous hornero, the national bird of Argentina and Uruguay, and one of a group of monogamous birds common across South America and known as ovenbirds because they build an enclosed nest from clay to protect their young; a tango recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 14 January 1944, with music composed by Manuel Sucher, lyrics by José Rotuló and sung by Alberto Podestá.
  • Repique del corazón, meaning ‘Ring Of The Heart’; a milonga recorded by Edgardo Donato on 18 February 1941 with music composed by Osvaldo Donato, lyrics by José Rotuló and sung by Horacio Lagos and Romeo Gavioli.
  • Cara Negra, meaning ‘Black Face; a milonga recorded by Edgardo Donato on 11 March 1942, with music composed by José Rotuló, lyrics by Edgardo Donato and sung by Horacio Lagos.
  • Remolino, the name a reference to an eddy, or a whirlpool; a tango recorded by Alfredo De Angelis on 24 May 1946, with music composed by Alfredo De Angelis lyrics by José Rotuló and sung by Carlos Dante and Julio Martel.
  • Canaro En Paris from the ‘Sexteto Unitango’ release in 2009, meaning ‘Canaro In Paris’, the name a reference to the orquesta leader visiting Paris with his orquesta in 1926-1927; a tango released in 2009 by Sexteto Unitango on their self-titled CD, music composed by Alejandro Scarpino and Juan Caldarella, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by José Antonio Scarpino.
  • Este Es El Rey from the ‘Barracas Al Fondo’ release in 2010, meaning ‘This Is The King’; a tango released by Sexteto Unitango in 2010 on their CD Barracas Al Fondo,  music composed by Carlos Ángel Lázzari, Manuel Antonio Caballero and Juan Polito, and first recorded in 1971.
  • Mi Dolor from the ‘Un Noche En La Milonga’ release in 2013, meaning ‘My Sadness’; a tango recorded by Orquesta Misterios Buenos Aires in 2013 with music composed by Carlos Marcucci, first recorded in 1926, lyrics by Manuel Meaños and here sung by Ariel Prat (by invitation).
  • De Tal Palo from the ‘De Menor a Mayor’ release in 2015, meaning ‘Like Father’; a tango recorded by Trio Lavallen-Estigarribia-Carbarcos in 2015 with music composed by Leopoldo Federico in 2006.
  • Taquito Militar from the ‘Tangos’ release in 2000, meaning ‘Military Tactics’; a milonga recorded by Nuevo Quinteto Real in 2000 with music composed by Mariano Mores in 1952.

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