Tango 250: Adolfo Carabelli & Orquesta Típica Victor

About Adolfo Carabelli & Orquesta Típica Victor

Adolfo Carabelli

Carabelli was born in 1893 in San Fernando, Buenos Aires, and died there in 1947. He was a pianist and formed an orchestra in 1926 that recorded with Victor (1931-34). Working with many of the same musicians, he also directed Victor’s house orchestra (Orquesta Típica Victor) between 1932-35. One of his bandoneonists, Petrucelli had directed O.T.V. before him (1925-31), while another, Scorticati, succeeded him (1936-41).

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His most notable singer was tenor, Alberto Gómez (1931-35).

The suggested Tango 250 collection includes two tango tandas, one vocal (with Gómez) and the other, instrumental.

Carabelli (Gómez) 1932

Alberto Gómez

It is easy to dismiss the orchestras active in the late 20s and early 30s. Electrical recording had only been introduced in 1926-27, and the sound quality of many early recordings is very compromised. Mind you, newcomers to tango can be challenged by the sound quality of mid-40s recordings too; and there can be a collective sigh pass around the salón when the DJ plays too much early tango. But if the best music of the period is programmed with care (and not too often) it provides a welcome contrast to other styles. The musicians playing here were all of the first rank: virtuoso bandoneonists, and in Elvino Vardaro, one of the leading violinists of the day. The arrangements are varied and sophisticated, with lots of rhythmic interest, and generally wonderful for dancing.

  • Alma (9-Sep-32)
  • Loco (9-Sep-32)
  • El trece (27-Sep-32)
  • Inspiración (17-Jun-32)

Carabelli & OTV (Instrumental) 1932-34

OTV

These songs have a clear, steady pulse, and are lovely for dancing. Much of the repertoire of the guardia vieja was taken up by later orchestras (particularly D’Arienzo) and it can be interesting to compare these versions with later ones.

  • Felicia (24-Jun-32)
  • Jueves (14-Jun-34)
  • El caburé (28-Oct-32)
  • C. T. V. (26-Oct-32)

Playlist: 24 September 2016 (Lutterworth)

Genre Song Year Artist(s)
Tango Mano a mano 1936 Francisco Lomuto (Jorge Omar)
Nostalgias 1936
La melodía de nuestro adiós 1938
Las cuarenta 1937
Tango Retintín 1938 Francisco Canaro (Instrumental)
La puñalada 1937
La melodía de nuestro adiós 1938
Pampa 1938
Vals Recuerdo 1944 Enrique Alessio (Alberto Castillo)
Corazón de artista 1943 Ricardo Malerba (Instrumental)
La pulpera de Santa Lucía 1945 Enrique Alessio (Alberto Castillo)
Tango Canta, pajarito 1943 Lucio Demare (Raúl Berón)
Moneda de cobre 1943
Bailongo de los domingos 1943
Tal vez será su voz 1943
Tango Champagne tango 1938 Juan D’Arienzo (Instrumental)
El triunfo 1938
El horizonte 1938
Rodríguez Peña 1938
Milonga Chunga que si, chunga que no 1941 Enrique Rodríguez (Armando Moreno)
Ficha personal 1944
Cuando te hablen del domingo 1945
Tango Vida mía 1933 Osvaldo Fresedo (Roberto Ray)
Sollozos 1937
Niebla del Riachuelo 1937
Pampero 1948
Tango Barrio de tango 1942 Aníbal Troilo (Francisco Fiorentino)
Te aconsejo que me olvides 1941
Buenos Aires 1942
Toda mi vida 1941
Vals Amor y vals 1942 Rodolfo Biagi (Alberto Lago)
Tu melodía 1945 Rodolfo Biagi (Jorge Ortiz)
Mañana por la mañana 1946 Rodolfo Biagi (Alberto Amor)
Tango Nueve puntos 1952 Alfredo Gobbi (Instrumental)
El andariego 1951
Pelele 1950
La catrera 1951
Tango Calla bandoneón 1944 Ricardo Tanturi (Enrique Campos)
El corazón me decía 1944
En el salón 1944
Recién 1944
Milonga Milongueando 1939 Francisco Canaro (Ernesto Famá)
No hay tierra como la mía 1939
La milonga de Buenos Aires 1939
Tango Yo soy el tango 1941 Miguel Caló (Alberto Podestá)
Si tú quisieras 1943
Percal 1943
Dos fracasos 1941
Tango Gólgota 1938 Rodolfo Biagi (Teófilo Ibáñez)
Una pena 1938
La novena 1939
Alma de bohemio 1939
Vals La sonrisa de mamá 1954 Juan D’Arienzo (Armando Laborde)
Lloré por los dos 1956
Me quieres y te quiero 1956
Tango Yuyo verde 1944 Domingo Federico (Carlos Vidal)
Tu melodía 1944
Yo 1945
Senda florida 1945
Tango Verdemar 1955 Carlos Di Sarli (Oscar Serpa)
Sin ella 1955
Pato alegre 1955
Noche de locura 1955
Milonga Corrales viejos 1934 Edgardo Donato (Antonio Maida)
El torito 1939 Edgardo Donato (Instrumental)
Cara negra 1942 Edgardo Donato (Horacio Lagos)
Tango Lucecitas de mi pueblo 1959 Aquiles Roggero (Adolfo Rivas)
La huella 1959 Aquiles Roggero (Instrumental)
Mejor así 1959 Aquiles Roggero (Adolfo Rivas)
Merceditas 1958 Aquiles Roggero (Adolfo Rivas & Raúl Aldao)
Tango La cumparsita 1961 Alfredo De Angelis (Instrumental)

Tango 250: Francisco Lomuto

About Francisco Lomuto

Lomuto
Francisco Lomuto

Lomuto was born in Buenos Aires in 1893 and died there in 1950. He was a pianist and played in the orchestra of Francisco Canaro before forming his own orchestra in 1925. He recorded with Odeón (1926-31) and with Victor (1931-46 & 1949-50).

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Tango 500: the book.

Lomuto worked with many singers over a long career, but the most notable were Charlo (mainly 20s, but little played now), Fernando Díaz (1931-43) and Jorge Omar (1935-42).

The suggested Tango 250 collection features tango from the late 30s, milonga from the early 40s and a recording of La cumparsita from 1936.

Lomuto (Omar) 1936-37

Lomuto was at his best in the late 1930s. The music is presented in straightforward arrangements that are both rhythmic and tender, at times. Marking the rhythm is shared between the violins and bandoneons, underpinned by a somewhat heavy pulse from the piano and bass. We also hear a clarinet (a short solo in Mano a mano from 2:27, for example) and Nostalgias opens with a busy violin theme with a descending counter-melody on clarinet. Jorge Omar provides a simple presentation of the lyrics with a clear baritone voice.

  • Mano a mano (3-Oct-1936)
  • Las cuarenta (30-Jul-1937)
  • Que nadie se entere (3-Dec-1936)
  • Nostalgias (28-Oct-1936)

Lomuto (Instrumental) 1936

Lomuto’s orchestra was at its peak in the mid-30s. This is a wonderful arrangement: opening with pizzicato strings and followed by virtuoso playing from the bandoneons. A fitting end to any milonga.

  • La cumparsita (3-Oct-36)

Lomuto (Vocal) 1941-45 (Milonga)

The first song is a duet with Fernando Díaz & Jorge Omar, the second with Fernando Díaz and the last with Alberto Rivera. Lomuto continued to record throughout the 40s, but he was increasingly left behind by the innovations of a later generation of orchestra leaders, and his significance starts to wane.

  • Azabache (20-Nov-42)
  • Parque Patricios (27-Jun-41)
  • Aquí me pongo a cantar (8-Aug-45)

Playlist: 18 September 2016 (Upton Bishop)

Genre Song Year Artists
Tango Don Juan 1932 Orquesta Típica Victor (Alberto Gómez)
Mi refugio 1931 Adolfo Carabelli (Alberto Gómez)
Ventarrón 1933 Orquesta Típica Victor (Alberto Gómez)
Inspiración 1932 Adolfo Carabelli (Alberto Gómez)
Tango La viruta 1936 Juan D’Arienzo (Instrumental)
Qué noche 1937
El baqueano 1937
El apronte 1937
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 Corazón 1939 Carlos Di Sarli (Roberto Rufino)
Cosas olvidadas 1940
Lo pasao pasó 1940
En un beso la vida 1940
Tango Cada vez que me recuerdes 1943 Francisco Canaro (Eduardo Adrián)
Necesito olvidar 1942
Nido gaucho 1942
Sombras nada más 1943
Milonga Cimarrón de ausencia 1945 Aníbal Troilo (Alberto Marino & Floreal Ruíz)
Milonga en rojo 1944
El desafío 1944 Aníbal Troilo (Francisco Fiorentino & Alberto Marino)
Tango La maleva 1939 Rodolfo Biagi (Instrumental)
La marca de fuego 1940
El rápido 1939
Re Fa Si 1940
Tango Recuerdos de bohemia 1935 Osvaldo Fresedo (Roberto Ray)
Volver 1935
Isla de Capri 1935
Canto de amor 1934
Vals María Remedios 1942 Pedro Laurenz (Alberto Fuentes)
Mascarita 1940 Pedro Laurenz (Juan Carlos Casas)
Flores del alma 1942 Pedro Laurenz (Martín Podestá)
Tango Fumando espero 1927 Francisco Lomuto (Instrumental)
Bacán fulero 1927
Patadura 1929
Te aconsejo que me olvides 1928
Tango Son cosas del bandoneón 1939 Enrique Rodríguez (Roberto Flores)
Dejame ser así 1938
Te quiero ver escopeta 1939
Si no me engaña el corazón 1939
Milonga Milonga de mis amores 1937 Francisco Canaro (Instrumental)
Milonga de antaño 1937
Milongón 1938
Tango Al compás del corazón 1942 Carlos Di Sarli (Alberto Podestá)
Volver a vernos 1942
Nido gaucho 1942
Tú el cielo y tú 1944
Tango Recuerdo malevo 1941 Ricardo Tanturi (Alberto Castillo)
Noches de Colón 1941
Pocas palabras 1941
Así se baila el tango 1942
Vals Valsecito criollo 1937 Juan D’Arienzo (Instrumental)
Valsecito de antes 1937
El aeroplano 1938
Tango Estás en mi corazón 1950 Alfredo Gobbi (Jorge Maciel)
Remembranza 1948
La intriga 1950
Tu angustia y mi dolor 1953
Tango Carnaval de mi barrio 1939 Edgardo Donato (Lagos, Morales & Gavioli)
Mi serenata 1940 Edgardo Donato (Morales & Gavioli)
Sombra gaucha 1939 Edgardo Donato (Lagos & Morales)
Sinsabor 1939
Milonga Con mi perro 1946 Rodolfo Biagi (Alberto Amor)
Por la güella 1948 Rodolfo Biagi (Carlos Saavedra)
Flor de Monserrat 1945 Rodolfo Biagi (Alberto Amor)
Tango Loco lindo 1936 Roberto Firpo (Instrumental)
Vea vea 1936
La despedida 1936
Homero 1936
Tango Una copa más 1944 Ricardo Malerba (Antonio Maida)
Media noche 1944
Pasado florido 1945
Encuentro 1944
Vals Soñar y nada más 1944 Alfredo De Angelis (Carlos Dante & Julio Martel)
A Magaldi 1947
Pobre flor (Primera ilusión) 1946
Tango Champagne tango 1952 Carlos Di Sarli (Instrumental)
Bar exposición 1952
Cara sucia 1952
Cuidao con los cincuenta 1952
Tango Trasnochando 1942 Ángel D’Agostino (Ángel Vargas)
Todo terminó 1942
Me llaman tango 1943
Mi viejo barrio 1944
Milonga Meta fierro 1939 Juan D’Arienzo (Alberto Echagüe)
La cicatriz 1939
De antaño 1939
Tango Yo soy el tango 1941 Aníbal Troilo (Francisco Fiorentino)
Te aconsejo que me olvides 1941
Toda mi vida 1941
Tinta roja 1941
Tango Solamente ella 1944 Lucio Demare (Horacio Quintana)
El aguacero 1944
Oriente 1944
Torrente 1944
Vals Dos que se aman 1948 Osvaldo Pugliese (Alberto Morán)
Manos adoradas 1952
Ilusión marina 1947
Tango Saludos 1944 Domingo Federico (Instrumental)
Futuro 1945
A Martín Fierro 1945
Honda tristeza 1945
Tango La cumparsita 1971 Juan D’Arienzo (Instrumental)

 

Playlist: 17 September 2016 (Loughborough)

Genre Song Year Artist(s)
Tango Marioneta 1943 Alfredo De Angelis (Floreal Ruíz)
Déjame así 1943
Madre 1944
Bajo el cono azul 1944
Vals Ay Aurora! 1939 Juan D’Arienzo (Alberto Echagüe)
Recuerdos de la pampa 1939
Castigo 1939
Tango Felicia 1932 Adolfo Carabelli (Instrumental)
Jueves 1934 Orquesta Típica Victor (Instrumental)
El caburé 1932 Adolfo Carabelli (Instrumental)
C. T. V. 1932 Orquesta Típica Victor (Instrumental)
Tango Cómo se pianta la vida 1940 Enrique Rodríguez (Armando Moreno)
No te quiero más 1940
Contigo, pan y cebolla 1940
En la buena y en la mala 1940
Milonga Milonga de mis amores 1937 Francisco Canaro (Instrumental)
Milonga de antaño 1937
Milongón 1938
Tango Junto a tu corazón 1942 Carlos Di Sarli (Alberto Podestá)
La capilla blanca 1944
Vamos 1944
Tú el cielo y tú 1944
Tango Gallo ciego 1938 Ricardo Tanturi (Instrumental)
Comparsa criolla 1941
Tierrita 1937
Una noche de garufa 1941
Vals Adoración 1947 Alfredo Gobbi (Carlos Heredia & Hugo Soler)
La entrerriana 1947
Amémonos 1948
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
Tango El internado 1954 Juan D’Arienzo (Instrumental)
Pampa 1954
La catrera 1955
Loca 1955
Milonga Sacale punta 1938 Edgardo Donato (Horacio Lagos & Randona)
De punta a punta 1939 Edgardo Donato (Horacio Lagos)
Ella es así 1938
Tango Tres esquinas 1941 Ángel D’Agostino (Ángel Vargas)
Un copetín 1941
Adiós, arrabal 1941
Ahora no me conocés 1941
Tango Mala junta 1943 Osvaldo Pugliese (Instrumental)
Tierra querida 1944
El arranque 1944
Mala estampa (Mala pinta) 1944
Vals Romance de barrio 1947 Aníbal Troilo (Floreal Ruíz)
Llorarás, llorarás 1945
Flor de lino 1947
Tango A Martín Fierro 1943 Miguel Caló (Instrumental)
Inspiración 1943
Saludos 1944
La maleva 1943
Tango Nada 1944 Rodolfo Biagi (Alberto Amor)
Café de los angelitos 1945
Tus labios me dirán 1945
Cuando llora la milonga 1946
Milonga Cuando un viejo se enamora 1942 Carlos Di Sarli (Roberto Rufino)
Yo soy de San Telmo 1943
Maldonado 1943
Tango Uno 1943 Osvaldo Fresedo (Oscar Serpa)
Este viejo corazón 1943
Noches largas 1945
Te llama mi violín 1942
Tango La cumparsita 1944 Antonio Rodio (Instrumental)

Tango 250: Pedro Laurenz

About Pedro Laurenz

Pedro Laurenz
Pedro Laurenz

Laurenz was born in Buenos Aires in 1902 and died there in 1972. He played bandoneon, including in the orchestras of Julio de Caro and Pedro Maffia, before forming his own orchestra in 1934. He recorded with Victor (1937-43), Odeón (1943-47) and Pathé (1952-53).

Tango 500 Book
Tango 500: the book.

Although his recorded output was modest, he worked with many singers, the most notable of which was Alberto Podestá (1943-44).

The suggested Tango 250 collection features two tango tandas with Podestá.

Laurenz (Podestá) 1943

The young Podestá had previously been singing with Di Sarli’s orchestra, and his arrival in 1943 coincided with the absolute peak of the Golden Age (certainly in terms of the integration of the singer as an instrument of the orchestra, carrying the lyric) and also in the quality of his own singing. The arrangements are sophisticated and understated. The music is reflective, almost as though the musicians were playing for each other.

  • Recién (22-Sep-43)
  • Yo quiero cantar un tango (16-Nov-43)
  • Que nunca me falte (22-Sep-43)
  • Garúa (6-Aug-43)

Laurenz (Podestá) 1943#2

This tanda opens with one of the highlights of the Laurenz/Podestá partnership: Alma de bohemio, with an amazing opening phrase from Podestá (which catches out inexperienced dancers regularly). The remaining songs are classic Laurenz: with a style that has a perfect blend of rhythmic and lyrical elements.

  • Nunca tuvo novio (16-Apr-43)
  • Veinticuatro de agosto (16-Apr-43)
  • Patria mía (15-Jul-43)
  • Alma de bohemio (15-Jul-43)

Tango 250: Osvaldo Fresedo

About Osvaldo Fresedo

Fresedo
Osvaldo Fresedo

Fresedo was born in Buenos Aires in 1897 and died there in 1984. He was a bandoneonist, forming his orchestra in 1918. He recorded prolifically with Odeón (1926-28), for Brunswick (1931-32) and then with Victor (1933-48). He switched to Columbia (1950-52) before returning to Odeón (1952-57), and then Columbia again (1959-80), although those final years are of little interest to dancers.

Tango 500 Book
Tango 500: the book.

Most of his early recordings were instrumental, but he recorded regularly with Ernesto Famá (1927-28), but his most notable singer was the tenor, Roberto Ray (1933-39 & 1948-50). Other singers included Ricardo Ruiz (1939-1941), Oscar Serpa (1942-1946) and Héctor Pacheco (1951-55).

The suggested Tango 250 collection features tango tandas from the 1930s: one instrumental and the other with Roberto Ray.

Fresedo (Ray) 1933-37

After Fresedo’s break with Odeón in 1928, his recorded output became almost exclusively vocal. The arrangements are elegant and refined, and the pace is usually quite slow. Ray’s voice suits the orchestral style perfectly.

  • Niebla del Riachuelo (17-Sep-37)
  • Sollozos (22-Feb-37)
  • Vida mía (13-Sep-33)
  • Pampero (15-Feb-35)

Fresedo (Instrumental) 1933-39

The Fresedo instrumentals (and there are not many) generally have more rhythmic energy than the vocals, while retaining an unmistakable feeling of elegance and refinement.

  • Poliya (16-Nov-39)
  • La clavada (27-Dec-33)
  • Tigre viejo (16-Aug-34)
  • Firulete (16-Nov-39)

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).

Tango 500 Book
Tango 500: the book.

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)