My choice for this week is ‘Gricel’ (Aníbal Troilo with Francisco Fiorentino, 1942). I reviewed five performances.
My favorite: Noelia Hurtado & Carlitos Espinoza.
A tanda featuring four tangos with brilliant bandoneón variaciones by Pedro Laurenz, culminating with “Amurado”, the all-time classic by Laurenz and Pedro Maffia.
This is a mixed vals tanda built around Osmar Maderna’s exquisite “Pequeña”. I picked Calo’s version of “Jugando, jugando” because it features Maderna as pianist and the sound of the orchestra is similar to Maderna’s. However, as DJ Mary Wu pointed out to me, Lomuto’s version of that tango (with Carlos Galarce, 1944) has a kind of bittersweet quality that is present in “Pequeña”, but absent in Calo’s version. So I suggest experimenting with both versions, as I have myself done over the past few weeks at various milongas. You may also want to try substituting ‘Una vez en la vida’ (Osvaldo Fresedo with Ricardo Ruiz, 1941) for ‘Motivo de vals’ if you find the tempo of the latter unacceptably slow (personally I find that it works at some milongas but not others, depending on the energy levels).
This milonga was held in the UK during the month of July. I arrived 15 minutes after the start stayed until the end. What follows is my best attempt to identify the music that was played while I was present.
Update: after this post was published, the DJ kindly shared the entire playlist with me, which I have used to fill in the remaining missing information. Starred tandas (*) were missing in the original post because I had either not arrived at the milonga or was away for a break. Double starred tracks (**) were missing because I was unable to recognize the song. Continue reading
I still remember the first time I heard a Fresedo/Ray tanda: I had never encountered tangos of such exquisite beauty. This set includes two songs composed by Fresedo himself, one by Enrique Delfino, and one by Juan Carlos Cobián (whom Fresedo greatly admired). I like to play this tanda either early in the evening, or after the milonga has reached its climax and the night is about to come to an end.