Tango 250: Ricardo Tanturi

About Ricardo Tanturi

Ricardo Tanturi
Ricardo Tanturi

Tanturi was born in 1905 in Buenos Aires and died there in 1973. He played violin and piano and formed his orchestra in 1933. He recorded with Odeón between 1937 and 1938 (just four songs) and with Victor between 1940 and 1959.

His most notable singers were Alberto Castillo (1941-43) and Enrique Campos (1943-1946). In the late 40s he also recorded with Roberto Videla and Osvaldo Ribó.

The suggested Tango 250 collection features tango tandas with Castillo and Campos, together with vals and milonga tandas, both with Castillo.

Tanturi (Castillo) 1941-42

The recordings of Tanturi with Castillo are mostly straightforward and rhythmic. Castillo has a distinctive voice, nasal in tone, and he delivers the lyrics with perfect phrasing.

  • Recuerdo malevo (23-Dec-41)
  • Al compás de un tango (18-Mar-42)
  • El tango es el tango (14-Aug-42)
  • Así se baila el tango (4-Dec-42)

Tanturi (Campos) 1943

Castillo left the Tanturi orchestra in 1943 for a solo career and his replacement was Enrique Campos. His rather different vocal style perfectly suited the general slowing of pace in tango music, and the orchestra has changed its playing style, slightly, presenting more complex textures and showing a more lyrical side. Many dancers prefer the Campos repertoire to the earlier Castillo.

  • Una emoción (17-Nov-43)
  • Muchachos comienza la ronda (6-Aug-43)
  • Palomita mía (19-Aug-43)
  • Oigo tu voz (17-Nov-43)

Tanturi (Castillo) 1941 (Vals)

Tanturi can sometimes sound very like D’Arienzo – and never more than with these valses. Castillo delivers the lyric of Recuerdo as though it were a patter song. These well-paced songs are wonderful for dancing.

  • Recuerdo (8-Jan-41)
  • La serenata (6-May-41)
  • Mi romance (7-Jul-41)

Tanturi (Castillo) 1941-42 (Milonga)

These songs are rhythmically straightforward and medium-paced. Castillo takes few liberties in delivering the lyrics, staying firmly within the pulse, making the songs attractive to dancers of all levels.

  • Mozo guapo (19-Feb-41)
  • Así es la milonga (27-May-42)
  • Mi morocha (18-Sep-41)

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