Tango 250: Ángel D’Agostino

About Ángel D’Agostino

Ángel D'Agostino
Ángel D’Agostino

D’Agostino was born in Buenos Aires in 1900 and died there in 1991. He played the piano and formed his own orchestra in 1932. He recorded with Victor between 1940 and 1963.

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D’Agostino worked with several fine singers, but is best known for his partnership with Ángel Vargas which produced 96 recordings of very high quality between 1940-46. His recorded output was largely with singers, but there are also a few instrumentals, which deserve to be better known.

The suggested Tango 250 collection features tango, vals and milonga tandas, all with Ángel Vargas, recorded between 1940-44.

D’Agostino (Vargas) 1941

The orchestra recorded just two sides in 1940, followed by these four songs, which were recorded together in only the orchestra’s 2nd and 3rd sessions. They are lovely for dancing: simple, but subtle arrangements, with rhythmic interest, and presented in a distinctive, rather understated style.

  • Tres esquinas (24-Jul-41)
  • Un copetín (24-Sep-41)
  • Adiós, arrabal (9-Sep-41)
  • Ahora no me conocés (9-Sep-41)

D’Agostino (Vargas) 1942-44

These songs come from a slightly later period, and reflect the general slowing down and growing sophistication of tango in the mid-40s, but the style (which D’Agostino never really changed) continues to be instantly recognisable.

  • Trasnochando (15-Jun-42)
  • Todo terminó (14-Dec-42)
  • Me llaman tango (30-Apr-43)
  • Mi viejo barrio (8-Aug-44)

I can’t find a transfer of Todo terminó on Spotify, so I have provided a link to one on YouTube.

D’Agostino (Vargas) 1941-42 (Vals)

These subtle and refined valses are a delight to experienced dancers, who love the understated style of D’Agostino: blending gentle but interesting rhythms with more lyrical elements. The arrangements allow each instrument (and the voice of Vargas) to be heard clearly: nothing dominates – everything is in balance.

  • Qué me pasará (12-Dec-41)
  • Esquinas porteñas (22-May-42)
  • Yo tengo una novia (17-Nov-42)

D’Agostino (Vargas) 1942-43 (Milonga)

These milongas are full of rhythmic interest, but also perfectly illustrate the understated D’Agostino style.

  • El porteñito (23-Mar-43)
  • Así me gusta a mí (17-Nov-42)
  • Entre copa y copa (23-Apr-42)

 

Playlist: 22 July 2016 (Upton Bishop)

Genre Song Year Artist(s)
Tango Lo pasao pasó 1939 Francisco Canaro (Ernesto Famá)
Abandonada 1939
Te quiero todavía 1939
Todo te nombra 1939
Tango Tú el cielo y tú 1944 Enrique Rodríguez (Armando Moreno)
Naranjo en flor 1944
Motivo sentimental 1944
Flor de lis 1944
Vals Bajo un cielo de estrellas 1941 Miguel Caló (Alberto Podestá)
Luna de plata 1943 Miguel Caló (Raúl Iriarte)
El vals soñador 1942 Miguel Caló (Raúl Berón)
Tango El cachafaz 1937 Juan D’Arienzo (Instrumental)
Gallo ciego 1937
El porteñito 1937
El choclo 1937
Tango Porteño y bailarín 1952 Carlos Di Sarli (Mario Pomar)
Patotero sentimental 1953
La capilla blanca 1952
Duelo criollo 1952
Milonga Mano brava 1941 Aníbal Troilo (Francisco Fiorentino)
Con toda la voz que tengo 1941
Del tiempo guapo 1941
Tango Nueve de julio 1950 Alfredo De Angelis (Instrumental)
El vazquito 1955
Caminito 1955
Pavadita 1958
Tango Al compás de un tango 1942 Lucio Demare (Juan Carlos Miranda)
Mañana zarpa un barco 1942
No te apures cara blanca 1942
Malena 1942
Vals Yo no sé que me han hecho tus ojos 1955 Armando Cupo (Alberto Morán)
Acordándome de vos 1955
Quemá esas cartas 1955
Tango Unión cívica 1938 Rodolfo Biagi (Instrumental)
El trece 1938
El incendio 1938
Pura clase 1939
Tango Vida mía 1933 Osvaldo Fresedo (Roberto Ray)
Sollozos 1937
Niebla del Riachuelo 1937
Pampero 1948
Milonga El torito 1954 Juan D’Arienzo (Instrumental)
Pampeana 1956
La puñalada 1951
Tango Trasnochando 1942 Ángel D’Agostino (Ángel Vargas)
Me llaman tango 1943
Todo terminó 1942
Mi viejo barrio 1944
Tango Alma de bohemio 1943 Pedro Laurenz (Alberto Podestá)
Todo 1943
Como el hornero 1944
Garúa 1943
Vals Ausencia 1940 Carlos Di Sarli (Agustín Volpe)
Alma mía 1940 Carlos Di Sarli (Roberto Rufino)
Rosamel 1940
Tango Una emoción 1943 Ricardo Tanturi (Enrique Campos)
Muchachos comienza la ronda 1943
Palomita mía 1943
Oigo tu voz 1943
Polca Me casé con un sargento 1941 Miguel Caló (Alberto Podestá)
Tango El acomodo 1933 Edgardo Donato (Instrumental)
La tablada 1936
El estagiario 1938
La cumparsita 1935

Playlist: 16 July 2016 (Loughborough)

Genre Song Year Artist(s)
Tango El acomodo 1933 Edgardo Donato (Instrumental)
La tablada 1936
El chamuyo 1938
El estagiario 1938
Tango El jaguar 1940 Carlos Di Sarli (Instrumental)
Racing Club 1940
El retirao 1939
Shusheta (El aristócrata) 1940
Vals Isabelita 1940 Enrique Rodríguez (Armando Moreno)
En el volga yo te espero 1943
Brindis 1943
Tango Qué importa 1939 Juan D’Arienzo (Alberto Echagüe)
Mandria 1939
Ansiedad 1938
Olvidame 1939
Tango Una emoción 1943 Lucio Demare (Raúl Berón)
Oigo tu voz 1943
Mi vieja ribera 1943
Palomita mía 1943
Milonga Silueta porteña 1936 Francisco Canaro (Roberto Maida)
Largá las penas 1935
Milonga criolla 1936
Tango C. T. V. 1942 Aníbal Troilo (Instrumental)
Cordón de oro 1941
El tamango 1941
Guapeando 1941
Tango Recuerdos de bohemia 1935 Osvaldo Fresedo (Roberto Ray)
Volver 1935
Isla de Capri 1935
Canto de amor 1934
Vals Recuerdo 1941 Ricardo Tanturi (Alberto Castillo)
La serenata 1941
Mi romance 1941
Tango Farol 1943 Osvaldo Pugliese (Roberto Chanel)
Nada más que un corazón 1944
El sueño del pibe 1945
Fuimos 1946
Tango Shusheta (El aristócrata) 1945 Ángel D’Agostino (Ángel Vargas)
Rondando tu esquina 1945
Hotel Victoria 1945
Ave de paso 1945
Milonga Qué tiempo aquel de ayer 1938 Francisco Lomuto (Jorge Omar)
No hay tierra como la mía 1939 Francisco Lomuto (Fernando Díaz)
Parque Patricios 1941
Tango Quejas de bandoneón 1941 Rodolfo Biagi (Instrumental)
El yaguarón 1940
El estribo 1940
El entrerriano 1941
Tango Solamente ella 1945 Carlos Di Sarli (Jorge Durán)
Tu íntimo secreto 1945
Porteño y bailarín 1945
Tus labios me dirán 1945
Vals Pedacito de cielo 1942 Miguel Caló (Alberto Podestá)
Me duele el corazón 1944 Miguel Caló (Raúl Iriarte &c)
Jugando, jugando 1944 Miguel Caló (Raúl Berón)
Tango Ivón 1945 Alfredo De Angelis (Julio Martel)
Rosicler 1946
Acordes porteños 1945
Yo también carrero fui 1946
Tango Mala junta 1957 Quinteto Pirincho (Instrumental)
Zorro gris 1957
El pollito 1959
Derecho viejo 1956
Milonga El torito 1954 Juan D’Arienzo (Instrumental)
Pampeana 1956
La puñalada 1951
Tango Esta noche al pasar 1944 Pedro Laurenz (Jorge Linares)
Naranjo en flor 1944
Trenzas 1944
Barrio tranquilo 1944
Tango La cumparsita 1936 Francisco Lomuto (Instrumental)

Tango 250: Enrique Rodríguez

About Enrique Rodríguez

Enrique Rodríguez
Enrique Rodríguez

Rodríguez was born in Buenos Aires in 1901 and died there in 1971. He played bandoneon (including in Donato’s orchestra), forming his own orchestra in 1936. It recorded with Odeón between 1937 and 1971.

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His most notable singers were Roberto “Chato” Flores (1937-39) and Armando Moreno (1940-67).

The suggested Tango 250 collection features tango tandas with Flores and Moreno and a vals tanda, also with Moreno.

Rodríguez (Flores) 1938-39

These songs are rhythmically straightforward and upbeat: cheerful, even. They are great if you want to lighten the mood during a milonga, or to get things going near the start of an event, when new arrivals need tempting to the dance floor for the first time.

  • Son cosas del bandoneón (24-Feb-39)
  • Dejame ser así (23-Mar-38)
  • Te quiero ver escopeta (1-Feb-39)
  • Si no me engaña el corazón (18-Dec-39)

Rodríguez (Moreno) 1943

Like so much tango music, the pace has slowed considerably by 1943. Still, the essentials of the Rodríguez style are unchanged: uncomplicated arrangements and relaxed dancing.

You can’t listen to this tanda on digital music service, Spotify, as Rodríguez is poorly represented there. Instead, I have provided individual song links to versions available on YouTube.

Rodríguez (Moreno) 1940-43 (Vals)

The easy-going style of the orchestra carries over into these valses perfectly. The pace is modest, the rhythms are clear and the vocal delivery is straightforward. Moreno is joined by a chorus in Brindis.

You can’t listen to this tanda on digital music service, Spotify, as Rodríguez is poorly represented there. Instead, I have provided individual song links to versions available on YouTube.

Tango 250: Miguel Caló

About Miguel Caló

Miguel Caló
Miguel Caló

Caló was born in Buenos Aires in 1907 and died there in 1972. He played the bandoneón and formed his own orchestra in 1929. He recorded for Odeon between 1934-69 and for Embassy in 1972.

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The period of most interest to dancers is 1941-45, when he worked with four great singers: Alberto Podestá (1941-43), Raúl Berón (1942-44), Jorge Ortiz (1943) and Raúl Iriarte (1943-47). All but Ortiz were to record with Caló again later.

The suggested Tango 250 collection features tango and vals tandas from the orchestra’s middle years.

Caló (Berón) 1942

Al compás del corazón was the first of fifteen songs recorded by Berón in 1942 and its commercial success helped to establish the popularity of the orchestra. Berón sings with tender lyricism, rather untypical of other ‘star’ singers of the time.

  • Al compás del corazón (29-Apr-42)
  • Trasnochando (30-Jun-42)
  • Un crimen (9-Oct-42)
  • Tristezas de la calle Corrientes (2-Sep-42)

Caló (Ortiz) 1943

Oritz recorded just seven songs with the orchestra, taking time out of his partnership with Rodolfo Biagi, although the styles of the two orchestras could hardly be greater. Caló tended to favour baritone voices, but Ortiz was a tenor, and his voice is quite different from that of Berón.

  • Barrio de tango (19-Jan-43)
  • Pa’ que seguir (19-Jan-43)
  • De barro (17-May-43)
  • Mi cantar (21-May-43)

Caló (Vocal) 1941-43 (Vals)

These valses are sung by Podestá, Iriarte and Berón. Podestá was only 16 when he recorded Bajo un cielo de estrellas, but Caló was soon to lose him to the orchestra of rival, Carlos Di Sarli.

  • Bajo un cielo de estrellas (12-Mar-41)
  • El vals soñador (29-Apr-42)
  • Luna de plata (19-Oct-43)

 

Tango 250: Rodolfo Biagi

About Rodolfo Biagi

Rodolfo Biagi
Rodolfo Biagi

Biagi was born in Buenos Aires in 1906 and died there in 1969. He was a pianist and played in several orchestras (most notably that of Juan D’Arienzo) before forming his own in 1938. He recorded for Odeón between 1938-56, for Columbia between 1956-61 and for Music Hall in 1962.

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He worked with many singers, the most important of which were Jorge Ortiz (1940-43 & 1945) and Alberto Amor (1943-47).

The suggested Tango 250 collection features tango and vals tandas from the orchestra’s early years.

Biagi (Instrumental) 1938-39

These instrumentals are among the very first recorded by the new orchestra, but Biagi has already made a decisive break from the sound of the D’Arienzo orchestra, making much more prominent use of the violins, in particular.

  • Unión cívica (16-Oct-38)
  • El trece (15-Nov-38)
  • El incendio (15-Aug-38)
  • Pura clase (13-Jul-39)

Biagi (Ortiz) 1940-42

These songs were recorded during Ortiz’ first period with the orchestra (he also sang with Miguel Caló during 1943). The music is rhythmical, with strong off-beat accents. The musical textures are sparse, with highly distinctive contributions from Biagi, himself, at the piano.

  • Humillación (15-Mar-41)
  • Marcas (15-Oct-40)
  • Indiferencia (10-Sep-42)
  • La marcha nupcial (26-Mar-41)

Biagi (Ibáñez) 1938 (Vals)

These early valses feature the voice of Teófilo Ibáñez. Dancers sometimes find Biagi’s music challenging, but the valses (and there are lots of them) are rhythmically straightforward and upbeat.

  • Loca de amor (15-Nov-38)
  • Lejos de ti (2-Dec-38)
  • Viejo portón (16-Oct-38)