Pedro Laurenz

2020-06-08 - Pedro Laurenz, in Japan, 1964

Canaro, Firpo, and D’Arienzo sold more records, but Pedro Laurenz was one of the great musicians of tango, and this edition showcases his compositions as played by him over 4 decades. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Pedro_Laurenz

PLAYLIST:

  • Mascarita; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 21 February 1940; a vals with music composed by Pedro Laurenz, lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo, and sung by Juan Carlos Casas. The name is a reference to a young woman wearing a mask.
  • Risa Loca, meaning ‘Mad Laughter’; recorded by Julio De Caro on 16 December 1926; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz and lyrics by José Pedro de Grandis.
  • Berretín, meaning ‘Obsession’; recorded by Julio De Caro on 28 February 1928; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz in 1928.
  • Coqueta, meaning ‘Coquette’; recorded by Julio De Caro in 1930; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz and lyrics by Manuel Meaños.
  • Sin Tacha, meaning ‘Without Fault’; recorded by Julio De Caro in 1931; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz.
  • Vieja Amiga, meaning ‘Old Friend’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 12 May 1938; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz in 1938, lyrics by José María Contursi, and sung by Juan Carlos Casas.
  • Como Dos Extraños, meaning ‘Like Two Strangers’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 28 June 1940; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz in 1940, lyrics by José María Contursi, and sung by Juan Carlos Casas.
  • De Puro Guapo, meaning ‘Tough Guy’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 25 January 1940; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz in 1935, lyrics by Manuel Meaños, and sung by Juan Carlos Casas.
  • Improvisando, meaning ‘Improvising’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 29 July 1940; a milonga with music composed by Pedro Laurenz and lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo.
  • Milonga De Mis Amores, meaning ‘Milonga Of My Loves’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 14 January 1944; a milonga with music composed by Pedro Laurenz in 1937 and lyrics by José María Contursi.
  • Es Mejor Perdonar, meaning ‘It’s Better To Forgive’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 31 March 1942; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz, lyrics by José María Contursi, and sung by Alberto Del Campo.
  • Patria Mia, meaning ‘My Country’, or ‘My Fatherland’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 15 July 1943; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz, lyrics by Héctor Marcó, and sung by Alberto Podestá.
  • Veinticuartro De Agosto, meaning ‘Twenty-fourth Of August’, and also known as ’24 de Agosto’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 16 April 1943; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz, lyrics by Homero Manzi, and sung by Alberto Podestá. The twenty-fourth of August 1816 is the birth date of the only child of General José de San Martín, leader of the Army of the Andes in the struggles for independence by Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Much of what is now Argentina was effectively independent by 1816, but San Martín continued to participate in the break-up of the Spanish Empire until the early 1820s, after which he retired. His wife had died and so he took his daughter to Europe to devote himself to her upbringing. For this national hero’s dedication to his child her birthday has been unofficially adopted as Father’s Day in some parts of Argentina, particularly in the Mendoza region where she was born.
  • Mala Junta, meaning ‘Bad Company’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 16 January 1947; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz and Julio De Caro in 1927 and lyrics by Juan Miguel Velich.
  • Orgullo Criollo, meaning ‘Argentine Pride’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 5 September 1941; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz and Julio De Caro, first recorded in 1928.
  • Amurado, meaning ‘Harassed’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 25 September 1952; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz and Pedro Maffia in 1926 and lyrics by José Pedro de Grandis.
  • Esquinero, meaning ‘Layabout’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz in 1960; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz and lyrics by Horacio Arturo Ferrer.
  • Mal De Amores, meaning ‘Lovesickness’;, from the collection ‘Quinteto Real’ released in 1960, recorded by Quinteto Real in 1960; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz, first recorded in 1928.

 

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