Tango 250: Edgardo Donato

About Edgardo Donato

Edgardo Donato

Donato was born in Buenos Aires in 1897 and died there in 1963. He played the violin and formed his orchestra in 1927. He recorded with Brunswick (1929-32), Victor (1932-45 & 1961) and Pampa (1950-57).

His most notable singer was Horacio Lagos (1935-42) and he was one of the few orchestra leaders to record dance music with a female voice, Lita Morales (1939-41).

The suggested Tango 250 collection features instrumental and vocal tandas of tango, vals and milonga from the decade 1933-42.

Donato (Instrumental) 1933-36

These instrumentals are typical of the orchestra’s style in the mid-30s. They are mainly simple arrangements, full of energy, mostly upbeat and even playful.

  • Tierrita (14-Sep-1934)
  • El acomodo (11-Sep-33)
  • Chiqué (El elegante) (17-Jan-1936)
  • La tablada (6-Aug-36)

Donato (Lagos) 1936-38

Most Donato sounds quite cheerful and these songs are easy-going with simple and appealing rhythms.

  • Se va la vida (7-Oct-36)
  • Así es el tango (12-Feb-37)
  • El adiós (2-Apr-38)
  • Alas rotas (9-Dec-38)

Donato (Vocal) 1940-42 (Vals)

These valses opens with a trio from Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales & Romeo Gavioli, continues with a solo from Lagos and ends with a solo from Gavioli. Donato’s orchestra had an extra player: an accordionist (Osvaldo Bertone) who makes a distinctive contribution to Mendocina. However, after eight years with the orchestra, it was to be his last recording.

  • Estrellita mía (30-Sep-40)
  • Quién será (13-Oct-41)
  • Mendocina (6-Aug-1942)

Donato (Lagos) 1938-39 (Milonga)

These songs are classics of the milonga repertoire and always go down well. They employ mostly simple syncopations, based on the habanera rhythm, although Ella es assí is a little more complex than the others.

  • Sacale punta (9-Mar-38)
  • De punta a punta (6-Mar-39)
  • Ella es assí (10-Oct-38)

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