Tango 22

Jessica Ipkendanz and Hugo Alvarez provided the musical underpinning of Australia’s first local tango show of the 21st century, “Una Historia Del Tango”, and this edition takes a retrospective look at their interpretation of tango classics and more, through their CD, Tango 22. Then the legacy of light-hearted music from Edgardo Donato features, and there is a brief run-down on what is happening around Australia for tangueros. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image:  CD cover for the music acknowledged in the playlist.

PLAYLIST:

  • Valsecito Criollo, meaning ‘Little Creole Waltz’; recorded by Héctor Varela on 1 November 1955; a vals with music composed by Lidio Fasoli, first recorded in 1937 and lyrics by Francisco García Jiménez.  
  • Gato, meaning ‘Cat’; recorded by Edgardo Donato on 12 February 1937; a tango with music composed by Edgardo Donato, lyrics by Homero Manzi, and sung by Horacio Lagos.
  • Julián; recorded by Edgardo Donato on 1 December 1950; a tango with music composed by Edgardo Donato in 1924 and lyrics by José Luis Panizza. This tango is dedicated to the Afro-Uruguayan musician Julián Gonzalez, a drummer. 
  • A Media Luz, meaning ‘At Twilight’; recorded by Edgardo Donato on 13 October 1941; a tango with music composed by Edgardo Donato in 1925, lyrics by Carlos César Lenzi, and sung by Horacio Lagos.  
  • Se Va La Vida, meaning ‘Life Is Gone’; recorded by Edgardo Donato on 7 October 1936; a tango with music composed by Edgardo Donato & Roberto Zerrillo in 1929, lyrics by Luis Mario, and sung by Horacio Lagos.
  • El Huracán, meaning ‘The Hurricane’; recorded by Edgardo Donato on 9 December 1932; a tango with music composed by Edgardo Donato & Osvaldo Donato, lyrics by Nolo López, and sung by Félix Gutierrez.  
  • Porteña Linda, meaning ‘Beautiful Woman of Buenos Aires’; recorded by Edgardo Donato on 30 April 1940; a milonga with music composed by Edgardo Donato, lyrics by Horacio Sanguinetti, and sung by Horacio Lagos.  
  • Nostalgias, meaning ‘Nostalgias’; from the collection ‘Tango22’ released in 2001, recorded by Jessica Ipkendanz and Hugo Alvarez in 2001; a tango with music composed by Juan Carlos Cobián in 1936 and lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo.  
  • El Choclo, meaning ‘The Corncob’; from the collection ‘Tango22’ released in 2001, recorded by Jessica Ipkendanz and Hugo Alvarez in 2001; a tango with music composed by Ángel Villoldo, first recorded in 1903. Notes: 1. Ángel Villoldo wrote the original lyrics and Irene Villoldo (Villoldo’s sister) claimed that ‘El Choclo’ is about a blond-haired pimp. Others have claimed that the name is a phallic reference, and certainly Villoldo’s lyrics can support that interpretation.  2. Villoldo added extra lines to the lyrics prior to 1905 but none of his lyrics were published with the sheet music. 3. Mariambo-Catán added 3 lines in the 1930s; these were sung by Ángel Vargas with Ángel D’Agostino in 1941. 4. Completely different lyrics were written in 1947 by Enrique Santos Discépolo. These refer to the origins of tango and were sung by Libertad Lamarque in the Mexican film ‘Gran Casino’. 5. ‘Kiss of Fire’ is USA song written in 1952 by Lester Alien and Robert Hill and set to the music of ‘El Choclo’ with minor adaptations (last 2 bars of the first section changed; 2 short phrases added to the second section; third section omitted). Music possibly written in 1898; definitely first played in 1903 by the orquesta of José Luis Roncallo at the ‘El Americano’ restaurant in at 966 Cangallo (now Calle Teniente General Perón); sheet music published in 1905 without lyrics.
  • Mi Buenos Aires Querido, meaning ‘My Beloved Buenos Aires’; from the collection ‘Tango22’ released in 2001, recorded by Jessica Ipkendanz and Hugo Alvarez in 2001; a tango with music composed by Carlos Gardel in 1934, lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera, and sung by Jessica Ipkendanz and Hugo Alvarez.  
  • Silueta Porteña, meaning ‘Shadow Of A Buenos Aires Woman’; from the collection ‘Tango22’ released in 2001, recorded by Jessica Ipkendanz and Hugo Alvarez in 2001; a milonga with music composed by Nicolas Luis Cuccaro & Juan Ventura Cuccaro in 1936 and lyrics by Orlando D’Aniello & Ernesto Noli.  
  • Taquito Militar, meaning ‘Military Heels’; from the collection ‘Tango22’ released in 2001, recorded by Jessica Ipkendanz and Hugo Alvarez in 2001; a milonga with music composed by Mariano Mores in 1952.  
  • Desde El Alma, meaning ‘From The Soul’, from the collection ‘Tango22’ released in 2001, recorded by Jessica Ipkendanz and Hugo Alvarez in 2001; a vals with music composed by Rosita Melo in 1911. There are two sets of lyrics: one by Melo’s husband, Victor Piuma Vélez around 1922; the other set by Homero Manzi and written in 1948, for the film ‘Pobre Mi Madre Querida’. 
  • Tango22, from the collection ‘Tango22’ released in 2001, recorded by Jessica Ipkendanz and Hugo Alvarez in 2001; a tango with music composed by Hugo Alvarez.  

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