Día Nacional del Tango

2018-12-11 - Flag of Argentina

Today is 11 December, National Tango Day in Argentina, and the Ambassador and the Chargé d’Affaires from the Embassy of Argentina will be joining the program to discuss the history and significance of this event.

In 2009 tango was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity; National Tango Day has been established to emphasise the importance of tango in Argentine culture. It commemorates the birthdays of Carlos Gardel, tango singer, songwriter, and composer and of Julian De Caro, musician, composer, and orquesta leader, and the next edition will feature their music as well as a series of other significant recordings.

That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: The flag of Argentina

PLAYLIST:

  • Mala Junta, meaning ‘Bad Company’; recorded by Julio De Caro on 13 September 1927; a tango with music composed by Julio De Caro and Pedro Laurenz in 1927 and lyrics by Juan Miguel Velich.
  • Tierra Querida, meaning ‘Beloved Land’; recorded by Julio De Caro on 27 November 1952; a tango with music composed by Julio De Caro, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by Luis Díaz.
  • Adiós, Nonino, meaning ‘Farewell, Nonino’; recorded by Escalandrum in 2011; a concierto with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1960. The name is a reference to Piazzolla’s father, known as “Nonino”, for whom the piece is an elegy. Escalandrum is an ensemble directed by Astor Piazzolla’s grandson, Daniel (Pipi) Piazzolla.
  • Sur, meaning ‘South’; recorded by Rodolfo Mederos in 2018; a concierto with music composed by Ánibal Troilo in 1948 and lyrics by Homero Manzi.
  • Mi Buenos Aires Querido, meaning ‘My Beloved Buenos Aires’; recorded by Ariel Ardit; a cancion with music composed by Carlos Gardel in 1934, lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera, and sung by Ariel Ardit. It describes the beauty of Buenos Aires. The lyrics compare the city with feelings of love and luck and how all worries and sorrows dissolve when Gardel returns to the city. Possibly from the Carlos Gardel Sinfónico release from Sony, with Filarmónica de Medellin, released 1 July 2016.
  • La Yumba; recorded by Sexteto Mayor in 2003; a concierto with music composed by Osvaldo Pugliese in 1946. The name is a reference to the heavy sound of the bandoneón playing tango.
  • A Fuego Lento, meaning ‘To Simmer’; recorded by Quinteto Real; a concierto with music composed by Horacio Salgán, first recorded in 1954. Possibly from the 1960 release Quinteto Real, from CBS.
  • Mi Noche Triste, meaning ‘My Sad Night’; recorded by Carlos Gardel on 24 April 1930; a cancion with music composed by Samuel Castriota in 1916, lyrics by Pascual Contursi, and sung by Carlos Gardel. This is the song that shot Gardel to fame in 1917. He is backed by Ángel Domingo Riverol, Guillermo Barbieri, and José María Aguilar.
  • Volver, meaning ‘To Return’; recorded by Carlos Gardel on 19 March 1935; a cancion with music composed by Carlos Gardel in 1934, lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera, and sung by Carlos Gardel. Originally sung in the 1935 movie, El Día Que Me Quieras. Gardel is backed by Terig Tucci.

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