Pablo Valle, pianist & director

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Pablo Valle has been channelling the essence of the Golden Age through his piano and his Sexteto for a decade and a half. Listen in to hear how the life of tango musicians repeats a century later. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image Credit: http://www.pablovalletango.com/; used by permission

 

PLAYLIST:

  • La Puñalada, meaning ‘The Stabbing’; from the collection ‘Cortando Clavos’ released in 2014, recorded by La Juan D’Arienzo in 2014; a milonga with music composed by Pintín Castellanos in 1933 and lyrics by Celadonio Flores.
  • Paciencia, meaning ‘Patience’; from the collection ‘Cortando Clavos’ released in 2014, recorded by La Juan D’Arienzo in 2014; a tango with music composed by Juan D’Arienzo in 1937 and lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo.
  • Olga; from the collection ‘Siciliano’ released in 2016, recorded by La Juan D’Arienzo in 2016; a vals with music composed by Francisco Peña, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by Francisco Peña. The name is a reference to a woman’s name.
  • Quiero Verte Una Vez Más, meaning ‘I Want To See You One More Time’, and also known as ‘Viejo Gaucho’; from the collection ‘D’Arienzo En El Corazón’ released in 2018, recorded by Los Heredos Del Compás in 2018; a tango with music composed by Mario Canaro in 1938 and lyrics by José María Contursi.
  • De Igual A Igual, meaning ‘Between Equals’; from the collection ‘D’Arienzo En El Corazón’ released in 2018, recorded by Los Heredos Del Compás in 2018; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Sciammarella, first recorded in 1944 and lyrics by Rodolfo Sciammarella.
  • La Espuela, meaning ‘The Spur’; from the collection ‘D’Arienzo En El Corazón’ released in 2018, recorded by Los Heredos Del Compás in 2018; a milonga, first recorded in 1946.
  • Bélgica, meaning ‘Belgium’; from the collection ‘Pa’ Milonguear’ released in 2014, recorded by Pablo Valle Sexteto in 2014; a tango with music composed by Enrique Delfino, first recorded in 1942.
  • Indiferencia, meaning ‘Indifference’; from the collection ‘Pa’ Milonguear’ released in 2014, recorded by Pablo Valle Sexteto in 2014; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi in 1937 and lyrics by Juan Carlos Thorry.
  • Lágrimas Y Sonrisas, meaning ‘Tears And Smiles’; from the collection ‘Pa’ Milonguear’ released in 2014, recorded by Pablo Valle Sexteto in 2014; a vals with music composed by Pascual De Gullo, first recorded in 1914 and lyrics by Francisco Gullo.
  • La Yumba; from the collection ‘Pa’ Milonguear’ released in 2014, recorded by Pablo Valle Sexteto in 2014; a tango with music composed by Osvaldo Pugliese, first recorded in 1946. The name is a reference to the deep rhythmic sound typical of tango music.
  • Emancipación, meaning ‘Emancipation’; from the collection ‘Pa’ Milonguear’ released in 2014, recorded by Pablo Valle Sexteto in 2014; a tango with music composed by Alfredo Bevillacqua, first recorded in 1912 and lyrics by Andtonio Polito.
  • Para Siempre, meaning ‘Forever’; from the collection ‘Para Siempre’ released in 2017, recorded by Pablo Valle Sexteto in 2017; a tango with music composed by Pablo Valle.
  • Verdemar, meaning ‘Sea-Green’; from the collection ‘Para Siempre’ released in 2017, recorded by Pablo Valle Sexteto in 2017; a tango with music composed by Carlos Di Sarli in 1943 and lyrics by José María Contursi.
  • Tus Labios Me Dirán, meaning ‘Your Lips Will Tell Me’; from the collection ‘Para Siempre’ released in 2017, recorded by Pablo Valle Sexteto in 2017; a tango with music composed by Emilio Brameri, first recorded in 1945 and lyrics by Héctor Marcó.
  • Te Aconsejo Que Me Olvides, meaning ‘I Suggest Yu Forget Me’; from the collection ‘Para Siempre’ released in 2017, recorded by Pablo Valle Sexteto in 2017; a tango with music composed by Pedro Maffia in 1928 and lyrics by Jorge Curi.
  • Guapeando, meaning ‘Handsome’; from the collection ‘Para Siempre’ released in 2017, recorded by Pablo Valle Sexteto in 2017; a tango with music composed by Juan Larenza, first recorded in 1941.
  • Alzó Una Rosa, meaning ‘I Picked Up A Rose’; from the collection ‘Dame La Mano’ released in 2020, recorded by Francisco Pesqueira & Ramiro Pettina in 2020 with guest artist Sandra Luna (voice) & Pablo Valle (piano); a ballad with music composed by Ramiro Pettina and lyrics by Francisco Pesqueira.

Colectivo29 (2010-2012)

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Melbourne quintet Coletivo29 featured the driving piano and typey arrangements of Andrew James and this edition features a retrospective of their music as well as an analysis of one of the key influences on the demise of tango dancing, Francisco Rotundo. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: Colectivo29; reproduced by permission.

PLAYLIST:

  • Córdobesita, meaning ‘Girl From Córdoba’; recorded by Osvaldo Fresedo on 2 August 1933; a tango with music composed by Pascual Storti, lyrics by Emilio Augusto Oscar Fresedo, and sung by Roberto Ray.
  • El Caburé, from lunfardo, meaning ‘The Ladies’ Man’; recorded by Francisco Rotundo on 1 August 1956; a tango with music composed by Arturo De Bassi, first recorded in 1913.
  • Llorando La Carta, meaning ‘Weeping The Letter’; recorded by Francisco Rotundo on 10 September 1951; a tango with music composed by Juan Fulginiti, first recorded in 1930, lyrics by Juan Fulginiti, and sung by Enrique Campos. The name is a reference to a jilted lover writing through his tears to tell her of his suffering and his forgiveness.
  • Un Infierno, meaning ‘Hell’; recorded by Francisco Rotundo on 14 December 1953; a tango with music composed by Francisco Rotundo in 1953, lyrics by Reinaldo Yiso, and sung by Floreal Ruíz.
  • Carnaval, meaning ‘Carnival’; recorded by Francisco Rotundo on 26 June 1953; a candombe with music composed by Francisco Rotundo & Tití Rossi, lyrics by Pedro Blasco, and sung by Julio Sosa. The name is a reference to the three days of festivities held immediately before Lent in much of South America.
  • Al Fin De Cuentas, meaning ‘At The End Of Accounts’; recorded by Francisco Rotundo on 22 January 1957; a tango with music composed by Enrique Campos, lyrics by Juan Fulginiti, and sung by Enrique Campos. The name is a reference to the confession of a man who murdered the man that seduced his lover.
  • El Aristócrata, meaning ‘The Aristocratic Woman’, and also known as ‘Shusheta’; from the collection ‘Colectivo29’ released in 2011, recorded live from a performance by Colectivo29 at Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne on 19 May 2011; a tango with music composed by Juan Carlos Cobián and lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo.
  • Garúa, meaning ‘Drizzle’; from the collection ‘Colectivo29’ released in 2011, recorded live from a performance by Colectivo30 at Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne on 19 May 2011; a tango with music composed by Ánibal Troilo, first recorded in 1943 and lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo.
  • Gallo Ciego, from lunfardo, meaning ‘Blind Rooster’; from the collection ‘Colectivo29’ released in 2011, recorded live from a performance by Colectivo31 at Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne on 19 May 2011; a tango with music composed by Agustín Bardi, first recorded in 1927. It’s a metaphor for deception.
  • Milonga Del Ángel, meaning ‘Dance Of The Angel’; from the collection ‘Colectivo29’ released in 2011, recorded live from a performance by Colectivo32 at Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne on 19 May 2011; a nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1965.
  • Payadora; from the collection ‘Colectivo29’ released in 2011, recorded live from a performance by Colectivo33 at Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne on 19 May 2011; a milonga with music composed by Julián Plaza, first recorded in 1966. The name is a reference to the payadors, the itinerant rap artists from the pampa whose milonga guitar rhythms and improvised verses were the initial seed of tango.
  • Don Agustín Bardi, and also known as ‘A Don Agustín Bardi’; from the collection ‘Colectivo29’ released in 2011, recorded live from a performance by Colectivo34 at Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne on 19 May 2011; a tango with music composed by Horaccio Salgán, first recorded in 1950. The name is a reference to the early tango pianist and composer, Agustín Bardi.
  • Pa’ La Guardia, meaning ‘To The Guard’; from the collection ‘Colectivo29’ released in 2011, recorded live from a performance by Colectivo35 at Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne on 19 May 2011; a tango with music composed by Ernesto Baffa & Antonio Lorenzo Scelza, first recorded in 1959.

Fabio Hager, bandoneonista

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This week Tango Capital casts the spotlight on contemporary bandoneonista and composer Fabio Hager. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image Credit: reproduced by permission from https://fabiohager.wixsite.com/tango

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PLAYLIST:

  • Felicia; from the collection ‘Vuelvo Al Sur’ released in 2006, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2006; a tango with music composed by Enrique Saborido, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by Carlos Mauricio Pacheco. The name is a reference to a woman’s name.
  • Organito De La Tarde, meaning ‘Hurdy-gurdy Of The Afternoon’; from the collection ‘Recuerdo’ released in 2007, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2007; a tango with music composed by Cátulo Castillo in 1923 and lyrics by José González Castillo (Juan De León).
  • Recuerdo, meaning ‘Memory’; from the collection ‘Recuerdo’ released in 2007, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2007; a tango with music composed by Osvaldo Pugliese in 1924 and lyrics by Eduardo Moreno.
  • Nueve De Julio, meaning ‘Ninth of July’, and also known as ‘9 De Julio’; from the collection ‘Recuerdo’ released in 2007, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2007; a tango with music composed by José Luis Padula, first recorded in 1916 and lyrics by Lito Bayardo. The name is a reference to an important date in the struggle for independence.
  • Canaro En Paris, meaning ‘Canaro In Paris’; from the collection ‘Encanto Rojo’ released in 2008, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2008; a tango with music composed by Alejandro Scarpino & Juan Caldarella, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by José Antonio Scarpino.
  • Cambalache, meaning ‘Mix-up’; from the collection ‘Zona De Riesgo’ released in 2010, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2010; a tango with music composed by Enrique Santos Discépolo in 1934 and lyrics by Enrique Santos Discépolo.
  • Los Cien Barrios Porteños, meaning ‘The Hundred Neighbourhoods ‘, and also known as ‘Cien Barrios Porteños’; from the collection ‘Valses’ released in 2010, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2010; a vals with music composed by Rodolfo Sciammarella in 1945 and lyrics by Carlos Artagnan Petit.
  • Ilusion Azul, meaning ‘Blue Illusion’; from the collection ‘Valses’ released in 2010, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2010; a vals with music composed by Arquímedes Arci, first recorded in 1933 and lyrics by Arquímedes Arci.
  • Pabellón De Las Rosas, meaning ‘Pavilion Of The Roses’; from the collection ‘Valses’ released in 2010, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2010; a vals with music composed by José Felipetti, first recorded in 1910 and lyrics by Antonio Catania & María Catania. Pabellón De Las Rosas was an popular café and dance spot in the formative years of tango.
  • El Entrerriano, meaning ‘The Chap From Entre Ríos’; from the collection ‘Retorno’ released in 2012, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2012; a tango with music composed by Rosendo Mendisábal in 1897 and lyrics by Ernesto Temes. This is one of the earliest tangos that can be positively dated. It was written for dedication to a wealthy landowner.
  • Pavadita, meaning ‘Trifle’; from the collection ‘Retorno’ released in 2012, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2012; a tango with music composed by Anselmo A Aieta, first recorded in 1958. Recorded between September 2011 and April 2012.
  • El Rey Del Compás, meaning ‘The King Of The Beat’; from the collection ‘Todo O Nada’ released in 2019, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2019; a tango with music and lyrics by Principe Cubana, first recorded in 1939. This was the title bestowed on Juan D’Arienzo after he re-invigorated tango in 1935.
  • Vuelvo Al Sur, meaning ‘Return To The South’; from the collection ‘Vuelvo Al Sur’ released in 2006, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2006; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1987 and lyrics by Fernando Solanas.
  • Zona De Riesgo, meaning ‘Zone Of Risk’; from the collection ‘Zona De Riesgo’ released in 2010, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2010, a tango nuevo composed by Fabio Hager and recorded by him in 2008.
  • Retorno, meaning ‘Return ‘; from the collection ‘Retorno’ released in 2012, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2012; a tango nuevo composed by Fabio Hager and recorded by him in 2008.
  • Todo O Nada, meaning ‘All Or Nothing’; from the collection ‘Todo O Nada’ released in 2019, recorded by Fabio Hager in 2019, a tango Nuevo composed by Fabio Hager and recorded by him in 2008.
  • A New Way; from the collection ‘A New Way’ released in 2020, recorded by The Soundtrack Virtual Orchestra in 2020; music composed by Fabio Hager.
  • Encanto Rojo, meaning ‘Red Enchantment’; from the collection ‘Encanto Rojo’ released in 2008, composed by Fabio Hager and recorded by him in 2008.

Carlos A Varela

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Last edition explored the professional career of singer Carlos A Varela, and this edition reviews his decade of recordings with Roberto Firpo. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: https://www.todotango.com/creadores/ficha/2901/Carlos-Varela

PLAYLIST:

  • Que Te Han Hecho Los Muchachos; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 6 November 1930; a tango with music composed by Anselmo A Aieta, lyrics by Anselmo A Aieta, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • Mi Desdicha, meaning ‘Unhappy’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 16 May 1934; a tango with music composed by Luis Iglesias, lyrics by Juan Miguel Velich, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • De Pura Cepa, meaning ‘Of Pure Stock’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 9 August 1934; a tango with music composed by Roberto Firpo, lyrics by Benjamín Tagle Lara, and sung by Carlos A Varela. Varela must have really disliked milonga, because his recordings avoid them; there is a milonga of this name written around the same time ( by José Ceglie and Antonio Molina, lyrics by Osvaldo Sosa Cordero, first recorded in 1935 by D’Arienzo), but Firpo wrote this tango for Varela in 1934 and Varela never sang the milonga.
  • Recordando Tu Traición, meaning ‘Remembering Your Betrayal’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 20 September 1934; a tango with music composed by Verzino Santagado, lyrics by J H Stafolani, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • Puente Viejo, meaning ‘Old Bridge’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 4 October 1935; a tango with music composed by Cesar Gola, lyrics by Joséd Gola, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • Quejas, meaning ‘Complaints’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 13 May 1935; a tango with music composed by José Cacopardo, lyrics by Francisco García Jiménez, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • La Bordadora, meaning ‘The Embroiderer’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 22 March 1935; a tango with music composed by Roberto Firpo, lyrics by Juan Venancio Clauso, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • A Media Luz, meaning ‘In The Dusk’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 19 October 1934; a tango with music composed by Edgardo Donato in 1925, lyrics by Carlos César Lenzi, and sung by Carlos A Varela and
  • Alzame En Tus Brazos, meaning ‘Hold Me In Your Arms’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 14 March 1936; a vals with music composed by Héctor Gerado Cruz, lyrics by Mario Battistella, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • Barreras De Amor, meaning ‘Barriers Of Love’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 18 September 1936; a vals with music composed by Antonio Sureda, lyrics by Gerónimo Sureda, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • Noche De Ronda, meaning ‘Nightwatch’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 11 June 1937; a vals with music composed by María Teresa Lara, lyrics by María Teresa Lara, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • Bravo Porteño; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 14 March 1936; a tango with music composed by Roberto Firpo, lyrics by José Perrusine Fernández, and sung by Carlos A Varela. The name is a reference to a man of Buenos Aires.
  • Hilacha, meaning ‘Loose Thread’, and also known as ‘Hoy Que No Estás’; recorded by Roberto Firpo in 1936; a tango with music composed by Chico Novarro, lyrics by Margarita Durán, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • De Madrugada, meaning ‘Of The Early Morning’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 14 March 1936; a tango with music composed by Roberto Firpo, first recorded in 1914, lyrics by Juan Venancio Clauso, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • Arrepentido, meaning ‘Regretful’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 18 September 1936; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Sciammarella, lyrics by Rodolfo Sciammarella, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • Desconsuelo, meaning ‘Grief’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 5 June 1936; a tango with music composed by Héctor María Artola, lyrics by Carlos César Bahr, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • No Quiero Verte Llorar, meaning ‘I Don’t Want To See You Weep’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 11 June 1937; a tango with music composed by Agustín Magaldi, lyrics by Rodolfo Sciammarella, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • Volver A Querer, meaning ‘Want Again’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 25 August 1938; a tango with music composed by Germán Rogelio Teisseire and lyrics by Nolo López.

 

Tangocentric (2006-2008)

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The little-heard voices of Roberto Beltran and Carlos Varela, and a glance back at Australian tango band Tangocentric. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: reproduced from the cover of their self-titled CD.

PLAYLIST:

  • Con Alma Y Vida, meaning ‘With Soul And Vigor’; recorded by Carlos Di Sarli on 5 July 1945; a milonga with music composed by Carlos Di Sarli, lyrics by Héctor Marcó, and sung by Jorge Durán.
  • Portero, Suba Y Diga, meaning ‘Concierge, Go Up And Say…’; recorded by Edgardo Donato on 28 June 1945; a tango with music composed by Eduardo De Labar in 1928, lyrics by Luis César Amadori, and sung by Roberto Beltrán . She isn’t speaking to him, so he asks the concierge to go up to her apartment and speak on his behalf.
  • Demasiado Tarde, meaning ‘Too Late’; recorded by Edgardo Donato in 1945; a tango with music composed by Francisco Troppoli, first recorded in 1942, lyrics by Agustín Horacio Delamónica, and sung by Roberto Beltrán .
  • Felicia; from the collection ‘Tangocentric’ released in 2007, recorded by Tangocentric in 2007; a tango with music composed by Enrique Saborido, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by Carlos Mauricio Pacheco. The title is a reference to a woman’s name.
  • Desde El Alma, meaning ‘From The Soul’; from the collection ‘Tangocentric’ released in 2007, recorded by Tangocentric in 2007; a vals with music composed by Rosita Melo, first recorded in 1927 and two sets of lyrics: one by Melo’s husband Victor Piuma Vélez, the other by Homero Manzi in 1947.
  • El Choclo, meaning ‘The Corncob’; from the collection ‘Tangocentric’ released in 2007, recorded by Tangocentric in 2007; a tango with music composed by Ángel Villoldo, first recorded in 1905, lyrics by Enrique Santos Discépolo & Juan Carlos Marambio Catán, and sung by Ben Palumbo. Like many early tangos, this one is risque; the title is a phallic reference.
  • Por Una Cabeza, meaning ‘By A Head’; from the collection ‘Tangocentric’ released in 2007, recorded by Tangocentric in 2007; a cancion with music composed by Carlos Gardel in 1935, lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera, and sung by Ben Palumbo. Written for the Paramount movie ‘Tango Bar’, released in 1935 and starring Carlos Gardel, the name is a reference to a horse losing a race ‘by a head’, with a parallel allusion to the toss of a woman’s head as she attracts the gambler’s attention, inviting him back to try his luck one more time – whether on the track, or in love.
  • Palomita Blanca, meaning ‘Little White Dove’; from the collection ‘Tangocentric’ released in 2007, recorded by Tangocentric in 2007; a tango with music composed by Anselmo A Aieta in 1929 and lyrics by Francisco García Jiménez.
  • Picante, meaning ‘Piquante’; from the collection ‘Tangocentric’ released in 2007, recorded by Tangocentric in 2007; a milonga with music composed by José Luis Padula, first recorded in 1941.
  • Dulce Perdón, meaning ‘Sweet Forgiveness’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 22 March 1935; a vals with music composed by Roberto Firpo, lyrics by Francisco Brancatti, and sung by Carlos A Varela.
  • A Montmartre, meaning ‘To Montmartre’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 27 February 1930; a tango with music composed by Enrique Delfino in 1929, lyrics by José González Castillo (Juan de León), and sung by Carlos A Varela. The title is a reference to the district in Paris, for many years the haunt of artists and nightclubs, with tango not very far away.
  • Cero A Cero, meaning ‘Zero To Zero’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 22 March 1935; a tango with music composed by Roberto Firpo, lyrics by Venancio Clauso, and sung by Carlos A Varela. This song is a statement of love framed as a football metaphor; it became a hit for Carlos Varela and Roberto Firpo because the football crowds took it up.
  • Pena Gaucha, meaning ‘Sad Gaucho Girl’; recorded by Roberto Firpo on 15 April 1935; a tango with music composed by Armando Acquarone, lyrics by Rafael José Velich, and sung by Carlos A Varela and Enrique Forte.   Carlos Varela is singing with Enrique Forte, who was also a violinist from Firpo’s ensemble.
  • Gallo Ciego, from lunfardo, meaning ‘Blind Rooster’; from the collection ‘Tangocentric’ released in 2007, recorded by Tangocentric in 2007; a tango with music composed by Agustín Bardi, first recorded in 1927. It’s a metaphor for deception.

Tango In The 21st Century (I)

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The second half of the twentieth century saw tango music separate from the dance, and in the twenty-first century Argentine tango musicians have responded to that separation in many different ways. Some have continued the concierto tradition established by the Vanguardia, some others have embraced electronic, sampling, and other influences from contemporary dance music; yet others have applied the traditional form of the orquesta típica to continue the tango tradition of social commentary. This edition showcases some that have re-focused on tango for dancing.  That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

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

PLAYLIST:

  • Don Juan, meaning ‘Sir John’; from the collection ‘Tangos Pa’ Bailar’ released in 2007, recorded by Contramarca in 2007; a tango with music composed by Ernesto Ponzi in 1898 and lyrics by Ricardo J Podestá. The name is a reference to a tough guy of the inner city suburb of San Cristóbel in Buenos Aires, who fancies himself as a tango dancer and a snappy dresser.
  • Felicia; from the collection ‘Tangos Pa’ Bailar’ released in 2007, recorded by Contramarca in 2007; a tango with music composed by Enrique Saborido, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by Carlos Mauricio Pacheco. The name is a reference to a woman’s name.
  • Canaro En Paris, meaning ‘Canaro In Paris’; from the collection ‘Tangos Pa’ Bailar’ released in 2007, recorded by Contramarca in 2007; a tango with music composed by Alejandro Scarpino & Juan Caldarella, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by José Caldarella.
  • Permiso, meaning ‘Permission’; from the collection ‘Ciudad Baigon’ released in 2007, recorded by Ciudad Baigon in 2007; a tango with music composed by Hernán Cabrera.
  • Patético, meaning ‘Pathos’; from the collection ‘Ciudad Baigon’ released in 2007, recorded by Ciudad Baigon in 2007; a tango with music composed by Jorge Caldara, first recorded in 1948.
  • Inspiración, meaning ‘Inspiration’;, from the collection ‘Ciudad Baigon’ released in 2007, recorded by Ciudad Baigon in 2007; a tango with music composed by Peregrino Paulo in 1929 and lyrics by Luis Rubistein.
  • Al Pasar, meaning ‘In Step’; from the collection ‘Barracas Al Fondo’ released in 2010, recorded by Sexteto Unitango in 2010; a vals with music composed by José Raúl Iglesias, first recorded in 1943 and lyrics by Juan Bautista Gatti. Singer is unknown.
  • Desde El Alma, meaning ‘From The Soul’; from the collection ‘Sexteto Unitango’ released in 2009, recorded by Sexteto Unitango in 2009; a vals with music composed by Rosita Melo in 1922 and lyrics by Victor Piuma Vélez (2nd set by Homer Manzi.
  • El Marne, meaning ‘The Marne’; from the collection ‘120% Bailable’ released in 2013, recorded by Sexteto Gato in 2013; a tango with music composed by Eduardo Arolas, first recorded in 1920 and lyrics by Gabriel Clausi. France was a major international centre for Argentine musicians and the name may be a reference to the Marne River, a tributary of the Seine River in France.
  • Chiqué, from lunfardo, meaning ‘Elegant Affectation’, and also known as ‘El Elegante’; from the collection ‘120% Bailable’ released in 2013, recorded by Sexteto Gato in 2013; a tango with music composed by Ricardo Luis Brignolo in 1920 and lyrics by Ricardo Luis Brignolo.
  • Nunca Tuvo Novio, meaning ‘You Have Never Had A Boyfriend!’, and also known as ‘Pobre Solterona’ and as ‘La Que Nunca Tuvo Novio’; from the collection ‘120% Bailable’ released in 2013, recorded by Sexteto Gato in 2013; a tango with music composed by Agustín Bardi in 1924 and lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo.
  • Corralera, from the collection ‘Pertenencia’ released in 2011, recorded by Andariega in 2011; a milonga with music composed by Anselmo A Aieta, first recorded in 1956. From Lunfardo, the name is a reference to a person born in or living in the Buenos Aires suburb of Los Corrales, the suburb name a reference to the major stockyards there that fed the beef export trade..
  • Campo Afuera, meaning ‘Countryside’; from the collection ‘Pertenencia’ released in 2011, recorded by Andariega in 2011; a milonga with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi in 1939, lyrics by Homero Manzi, and sung by Sandra Marquez.
  • Paciencia, meaning ‘Patience’; from the collection ‘Cortando Clavos’ released in 2014, recorded by La Juan D’Arienzo in 2014; a tango with music composed by Juan D’Arienzo in 1937, lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo, and sung by Fernando Rodas.
  • La Última Copa , meaning ‘The Last Cup’; from the collection ‘Cortando Clavos’ released in 2014, recorded by La Juan D’Arienzo in 2014; a tango with music composed by Francisco Canaro in 1925, lyrics by Juan Andrés Caruso, and sung by Fernando Rodas.
  • Canzoneta, meaning ‘Little Song’; from the collection ‘Cortando Clavos’ released in 2014, recorded by La Juan D’Arienzo in 2014; a tango with music composed by Erma Suárez in 1951, lyrics by Enrique Lary, and sung by Fernando Rodas. A reference to the canzonet, a song with verses often structured in an AABCC pattern.
  • Flores Negras, meaning ‘Black Flowers’; from the collection ‘Orquesta Victoria’ released in 2010, recorded by Orquesta Victoria in 2010; a tango with music composed by Francisco De Caro, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by Mario Gomila.
  • La Casita De Mis Viejos, meaning ‘The Little House Of My Parents’, and also known as ‘La Casita De Mis Padres’ and as ‘Casita De Mis Viejos’; from the collection ‘Orquesta Victoria’ released in 2010, recorded by Orquesta Victoria in 2010; a tango with music composed by Juan Carlos Cobián in 1931 and lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo.
  • Cambalache, meaning ‘Mix-Up’; from the collection ‘Orquesta Victoria’ released in 2010, recorded by Orquesta Victoria in 2010; a tango with music and lyrics by Enrique Santos Discépolo in 1934.

 

Pedro Laurenz

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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.