Sunday, March 9, 2014

Flor de Narciso Milonga playlist, March 8th 2014

This time I tried to do lots of homework, trying less familiar records, listening, reshuffling, again and again. I hope I didn't overdo the "new and unfamiliar" part, and ended up with the mix which remains rich on tango's best hits. But I really need your feedback and criticism! The cortinas here came, mostly, from a Montreal Gipsy Orchestra, courtesy of Keith Elshaw.
01. Carlos Di Sarli  Instrumental  "9 Puntos" 3:27
02. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental  "El ingeniero" 1955 3:18
03. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental  "Indio manso" 1958 2:53
04. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Egy kis cigainy dal" 2013, 0:29
05. Biagi, Rodolfo  "Humiliacion" 1941 2:42
06. Biagi, Rodolfo Jorge Ortíz "Indiferencia"  2:33
07. Biagi, Rodolfo  "La chacarera" 1940 2:24
(we'll have much more Biagi on the 22nd when we celebrate his birthday at the upcoming Milonga Sin Nombre!)
08. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Variation Corelli" 2013, 0:28
09. Edgardo Donato  "Quien Sera - vals" 2:15
10. Edgardo Donato  "La Tapera - vals" 2:54
11. Edgardo Donato  "Estrellita Mia - vals" 2:36
12. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013, 0:24
13. Carlos Di Sarli Alberto Podesta "No esta"  2:45
14. Carlos Di Sarli  Alberto Podesta"La Capilla  Blanca" 2:57
15. Carlos Di Sarli Alberto Podesta "Al compas del Corazon"  3:19
16. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Egy kis cigainy dal" 2013, 0:29
17. Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray "Recuerdo de bohemia" 1935 2:36
18. Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray "Yo no se llorar" 1933 2:36
19. Osvaldo Fresedo "Sollozos"  3:27
20. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Minor Blues" 2013, 0:23
All three slow milongas below have impeccable Argentine pedigrees, yet of course people don't quite dig them. Rodolfo was openly fuming, "no es tango"! Es milonga, Rodolfo ... es milonga muy lente. But can I play them in three-track tandas at all? Maybe later in the course of a night? Anyway the dancers told me nice things about my traditional tandas, but only complained about the very first non-traditional set I played ... so I think I'll stick with the classics for the rest of the night :)
21. Erskine Maytorena Qtango  "Milonga Triste" 2011 4:17
22. Hugo Diaz   "Milonga Para Una Armonica" 1973 4:25
23. Paco Mendoza & DJ Vadim  "Los Ejes De Mi Carreta" 2013 3:23
24. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013, 0:24
Love Di Sarli's rhythmics as much as his melodic and dramatic pieces! 
25. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino  "Corazón" 1939 2:46
26. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental  "Nobleza de arrabal" 1940 2:07
27. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental  "Catamarca" 1940 2:23
28. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Egy kis cigainy dal" 2013, 0:29
29. Ricardo Tanturi - Enrique Campos  "Oigo Tu Voz" 3:07
30. Tanturi, Ricardo  "Madame Ivonne" 1942 2:18
31. Ricardo Tanturi  "Que Nunca Me Falte"  2:42
32. Russian Folk  "Gipsy Girl (cortina)"  0:22
33. skipped Montreal cortina track
34. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Pabellon de las rosas" 1935 2:50
35. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Valsecito de Antes" 1937-08-31 2:19
36. Juan D'Arienzo  "Lágrimas y Sonrisas (Vals)"  3:12
37. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Egy kis cigainy dal" 2013, 0:29
38. Donato, Edgardo  "El Adios" 1938 3:09
39. Edgardo Donato - Lita Morales - Romeo Gavio  "Mi Serenata" 1940 3:02
40. Edgardo Donato  "Sinfonia de Arrabal" 3:07
41. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013, 0:24
42. Enrique Rodriguez "En la buena y en la mala" 1940 2:26
43. Enrique Rodríguez "Llorar por una mujer" 2:47
44. Enrique Rodriguez "Alma en pena" 1946 3:05
(Come to Milonga Sin Nombre on the 22nd for much more Enrique Rodriguez - we're going to celebrate his birthday along with Biagi's)
45. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Minor Blues" 2013, 2013 0:23
46. Juan D'Arienzo "La Punalada (Milonga)"  2:02
47. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "El esquinazo" 1938-01-04 2:34
48. Juan D'Arienzo "Milonga De Mis Amores"  2:26
49. special requested! Actually, as the milongas played, Raina suggested that Sadie Hawkins / International Women's Day chica's choice tanda be next ... but all of a sudden the plan morphed into something completely different: birthday valses for Alice, our generous, fearless organizer of Salt Lake's very first milonga in this very new dance venue "on the other side of the tracks". 
Aaah I'm scrambling for valses now - for starters, it's Pugliese 1943 instrumental, "Desde el Alma", the absolute standout among Pugliese's few vals records. 
Followed by "Waltlz of the Butterfly", a cryptic record widely circulated among tangueros who danced in Turkey. The disks claim to have been recorded by St. Petersburg Lyric Ensemble of Seitkaliev (sometimes Seyitkaliyev), but there is no record of such group or musician (there is a young ballroom tango dancer by the same last name in Kazakhstan but any connection is murky). Most of Seitkaliev's records are waltzes, including some classic Argentine valses, but also some tangos. All tracks have been renamed in English or French. For example, Corazon de Oro is called "Sympathique" on their "Dance with me" CD. Intriguingly, I just found the 2012 youtube clip, which hints that Azamat Seitkaliev's group may be Konya University Chamber Ensemble, at former historic
Roman Iconium in Anatolia (in Turkish, Konya Üniversitesi Oda Müziği Topluluğu)?
The last record in this special set of dramatic, accelerating and slowing down waltzes, is "Valse Boston" interpreted by Ukraine's Sergey Luchko, a waltz with an actual St Petersburg pedigree. Originally sung to guitar by Alexander Rosenbaum, an Petersburger EMT turned a bard, it was a hit in Russia of our youth, a campfire must-sing. How strange that Luchko's 2011 record only turned up in my quest for tanda-mates for Pugliese's"Desde el Alma" last week!
50. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino  "Patotero sentimental" 1941 2:34
51. Di Sarli, Carlos  "Charlemos" 1941 2:31
52. Carlos Di Sarli Alberto Podesta "Junto a tu corazon"  3:00
53. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013 0:24
54. Pedro Laurenz - Alberto Podesta  "Recien" 1943 2:43
55. Pedro Laurenz - Alberto Podesta  "Todo" 1943 2:37
56. Pedro Laurenz - Alberto Podesta  "Garua" 1943 3:09
57. Russian Folk  "Gypsy Girl (cortina)"  0:22
My third Tanturi vals choice was, originally, Desde el Alma, but I already played Pugliese's mindblowing version in an impromptu Vals Special set. So to keep with the proprieties of tango DJing, I frantically searched for a different vals to complete this tanda ... whew!
58. Ricardo Tanturi - Enrique Campos  "Al pasar (fast)" 1943 2:10
59. Ricardo Tanturi - Alberto Castillo  "A mi madre (Con los amigos) (fast)" 1943 2:35
60. Ricardo Tanturi - Enrique Campos  "Me beso y se fue" 1945 2:36
61. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013, 0:24
62. Juan D'Arienzo "Yapeyu" 1951 2:26
63. Juan D'Arienzo "Dime mi amor"  2:40
64. Juan d'Arienzo "Pensalo Bien" 1938 2:17
65. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Egy kis cigainy dal" 2013 0:29
When it comes to Canaro's tangos, I guess I belong to the Maida Generation :). It is indeed a generational shift which followed the runaway popularity of Maida's "Poema" abroad. In Buenos Aires, Ernesto Famá remains "the" Canaro vocalist. I tried playing Canaro-Famá before and wasn't convinced. But this time, I totally fell for "Te quiero todavia" with its unusual, and IMHO unforgettable, melody: 
66. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama  "Tormenta" 1939 2:38
67. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama  "Te quiero todavia" 1939 2:54
68. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama  "Yo no se porque te quiero" 1934 3:10
69. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Minor Blues" 2013, 0:23
70. "Orquesta Tipica Victor - Milonga De Los Fortines - Mariano Balcarce" 1937, 2:52
71. Orquesta Tipica Victor  "Cacareando"  2:45
72. Varios Artists  "Emilio Pellejero - Mi Vieja Linda - Enalmar De Maria - 1941" 2:26
73. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013, 2013 0:24
Juan Carlos Miranda was Demare orchestra's first, and really defining, vocalist (they recorded "Malena"!). But their work together didn't last long, and Demare later criticized Miranda for being, suposedly, a "chansonnier" rather than a true "tango singer". They cut just over a dozen recordings. Horacio Quintana's career with Demare later in the mid-40s was even more short lived, and I find it hard to play Demare-Quintana without combining them with Miranda or Beron: 
74. Lucio Demare - Juan Carlos Miranda  "No te apures, Carablanca" 1942 3:29
75. Lucio Demare - Juan Carlos Miranda  "Manana zarpa un barco" 1942 3:22
76. Lucio Demare - Horacio Quintana "Torrente" 1944 3:10
77. Cortina Carmen Piculeata  "Egy kis cigainy dal" 2013, 0:29
78. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Jamás retornarás" 1942 2:31
79. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Corazón no le hagas caso" 1942 3:00
80. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Al compás del corazón" 1942 2:48
81. Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013, 2013 0:24
Did I say, Generation Maida ;) ?
82. Francisco Canaro  "Recuerdos De Paris - Roberto Maida" 1937, 3:12
83. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Nada mas" 1938 3:00
84. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Condena (S.O.S.)" 1937 2:39
less than 15 minutes remaining means that it's time for the crescendo, juxtaposing late De Angelis with Pugliese
85. Alfredo De Angelis  "Pavadita 1958" 2:53
86. Alfredo De Angelis  "Felicia 1969" 2:48
87. Osvaldo Pugliese - Instrumental  "El monito" 1945 2:19
88. Osváldo Pugliese "Farol" 1943 3:22
89. Alfredo de Angelis - Instrumental  "La cumparsita (Matos Rodriguez)" 1961 3:33


  1. I really enjoyed the lift from Pavadita-Cumparsita. Quite a ride! Te quiero todavia is a song I had overlooked and found most satisfying right after Tormenta. The Canaro recording (and Mercedes Simone's) of Milonga Triste is at the bottom edge of milonga tempo. Any faster and it would lose more in essence than it gains in danceability. QTango's is slower yet and emphasizes the "triste" rather than the "milonga" element of the piece. (Dan Diaz takes it at roughly half tempo. I don't think he invites dancers to his version) It may be the slow tempo that Rudolfo complains about.

  2. Thanks, Brian! Another slow-and-sweet one I recall being played locally is Milonga Uruguaya by Trio Garufa. Of course people tend to have a mental block with identifying these pieces as milongas because they are slow, they may need to be danced quintessentially differently?

  3. I see that Homer and Christine dance beautifully to Milonga Uruguaya on YouTube. My mind and body are certainly blocked though and do not respond to this music as a Milonga. It is a 3-3-2 Passacaglia at 72 BPM. For me, a milonga make extensive use of the habanera accompaniment style moving across interesting harmonic changes and is at least 76 BPM and can be up to 132. (Or for Dan Diaz 144) For me, yes. The tempo goes a long way towards identifying a piece as a milonga or something else, although I know of several straight tangos that are up in the 76 range. (and lots of valses) I venture that the word "milonga" in the title may refer to a social occasion that occurred in Uruguay rather than an indication of what sort of piece it is. (Some time ago I set "Cuando Llorar la Milonga" on the rack and one of the musicians saw the word, "Milonga" in the title and began playing a very assertive up tempo habanera pattern. Imagine the confusion) Slow/Sweet has a place in the evening but… If the community has an expectation of TTW, TTM, there will be some dancers taken aback if it occurs at "M" when they are choosing a partner for something lively.