Category Archives: Edgardo Donato

Discographies of the major tango orchestras

The discographies of the tango orchestras are scattered all around the web. Below is my best attempt to make the relevant links all available in one place. When I found more than one discography for a given orchestra, I chose the one which seemed most complete and reliable. I plan to keep this post updated, so if you think I’m missing something, please let me know.

Update: See here for my current attempt to improve on these discographies. The links below will gradually link to my own discographies, as they become available.

The endings of the great tango orchestras

When I started dancing and listening to tango music two years ago, I quickly discovered that one of the easiest ways to identify an orchestra was to pay attention to the final two chords of the song (the dominanc-tonic, characteristic “chan-chan” ending ). Each orchestra plays those chords in its own, distinctive way, so by learning how the chords sound like, one can infer the orchestra even of songs one is unfamiliar with.  The video below, which I created a while ago for my own amusement, provides a sample of the tango endings of 20 of the most popular tango orchestras.  I am now posting it here in case it is of interest to readers of this blog.

My favorite performances: Ella es así (Donato)

My choice for this week is ‘Ella es así’ (Edgardo Donato with Horacio Lagos, 1938). I reviewed 66 performances.

My favorite: María Antonieta Tuozzo & Ezequiel Herrera.

I also liked the performances by Ariadna Naveira & Fernando Sánchez and Daniela Pucci & Luis Bianchi.

My favorite performances: Alas Rotas (Donato)

My choice for this week is ‘Alas rotas’ (Edgardo Donato with Horacio Lagos, 1938). I reviewed 14 performances.

My favorite: Giselle Anne & Gustavo Naveira.

I also liked the performances by Inés Muzzopappa & Federico Naveira and Virginia Pandolfi & Fabián Peralta.