Rodolfo Biagi

Last edition looked at the life of tango pianist extrordinaire Rodolfo Biagi, and this edition explores the recordings he made with his own orquesta. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image:By se ignora – Publicado en la revista El Alma que Canta de noviembre de 1975, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6563778

Note: For nearly 3 years Biagi worked with Juan D’Arienzo, on whom the nickname “El Rey Del Compás” had been bestowed by the nightclub host Principe Cubano in the late 1920s. Biagi learned a lot from D’Arienzo’s business acumen, so when D’Arienzo sacked him and he went out on his own he realised the popular power of a nickname in the world of tango. I fear that no-one offered Biagi one, so he found a piece of music that would make a great nickname for a pianist such as himself, and started playing that as his signature tune – it was Manos Brujos and the fact that it was a foxtrot didn’t faze him at all! Unfortunately I have not been able to find a recording of Biagi playing Manos Brujos. and there is no record of any in the discographies. There is a version of the song sung by Biagi’s singer Hugo Duval that some dancers promote as being by Biagi, but the musical style leads me to think that it is actually by Trio Yumba, the Biagi cover band that Duval sang with after Biagi’s death.

PLAYLIST:

  • Amor Y Vals, meaning ‘Love And Waltz’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 22 May 1942; a vals with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi, lyrics by Carlos Bahr, and sung by Alberto Lago.  
  • Gólgota, meaning ‘Golgotha’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 19 August 1938; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi, lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo, and sung by Teófilo  Ibáñez .  
  • Deja El Mundo Como Está, meaning ‘Leave All As It Is’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 14 March 1940; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi, lyrics by Rodolfo Sciammarella, and sung by Andrés  Falgás .  
  • Humillación , meaning ‘Humiliation’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 15 March 1941; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi in 1941, lyrics by Carlos Bahr, and sung by Jorge Ortiz.  
  • Indiferencia, meaning ‘Indifference’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 10 September 1942; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi in 1937, lyrics by Juan Carlos Thorry, and sung by Jorge Ortiz.   
  • Campo Afuera, meaning ‘Outdoor Space’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 27 April 1939; a milonga with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi in 1939, lyrics by Homero Manzi, and sung by Teófilo  Ibáñez .  
  • Por La Huella, meaning ‘For The Mark’, and also known as ‘Por La Güeya; Por La Güella’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 22 July 1948; a milonga with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi, lyrics by Homero Manzi, and sung by Carlos Saavedra.  
  • Magdala; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 24 January 1945; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi in 1944 and lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo. The name is a reference to the suffering of Mary Magdalene as a metaphor for a woman’s forgiveness  .  
  • Por Tener Un Corazón , meaning ‘To Have A Heart’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 4 October 1951; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi, lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo, and sung by Hugo Duval.  
  • El Incendio, meaning ‘The Blaze’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 19 August 1938; a tango with music composed by Arturo De Bassi, first recorded in 1911.  
  • Pura Clase, meaning ‘Pure Class’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 13 July 1939; a tango with music composed by Adolfo Rosquella and lyrics by Adolfo Rosquella.  
  • Bélgica , meaning ‘Belgium’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 20 January 1942; a tango with music composed by Enrique Delfino.  
  • Uno, meaning ‘One’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 11 April 1944; a tango with music composed by Mariano Mores in 1943, lyrics by Enrique Santos Discépolo, and sung by Carlos Acuña .  
  • Tus Labios Me Dirán, meaning ‘Yours Lips Will Tell Me’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 15 October 1945; a tango with music composed by Emilio Brameri, lyrics by Héctor Marcó, and sung by Alberto Amor.  
  • Soy Del Noventa, meaning ‘I Am Of The Nineties’, and also known as ‘Soy Del 90’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 8 July 1943; a milonga with music composed by Tito Ribero, lyrics by Carlos Waiss, and sung by Carlos Acuña .  
  • Flor De Montserrat, meaning ‘Flower Of Monterrat’, and also known as ‘Pobre Negrito’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 30 November 1945; a candombe with music composed by Juan Santini, lyrics by Vicente Planells del Campo, and sung by Alberto Amor.  
  • Racing Club, meaning ‘Racing Club’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 13 September 1950; a tango with music composed by Vicente Greco, first recorded in 1916 and lyrics by Ernesto Temes.  
  • Caricias, meaning ‘Caresses’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 30 July 1951; a tango with music composed by Juan Martí, first recorded in 1937, lyrics by Alfredo Bigeschi, and sung by Carlos Heredia.  
  • Espérame En El Cielo, meaning ‘Wait For Me In Heaven’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 24 May 1958; a tango with music composed by Francisco López Vidal, first recorded in 1957, lyrics by Francisco López Vidal, and sung by Hugo Duval.  
  • Lagrimas Y Sonrisas, meaning ‘Tears And Smiles’; recorded by Rodolgo Biagi on 26 March 1941; a vals with music composed by Pascual De Gullo, first recorded in 1914 and lyrics by Francisco De Gullo.  

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