This week's traditional tanda is wonderful set by Juan d'Arienzo with Héctor Mauré.
The role of the tango singer was evolving in 1940, when Mauré joined D'Arienzo's orchestra. The singer was taking a stronger role and combinations such as Di Sarli/Rufino and Troilo/Fiorentino were having a lot of success. Mauré's smooth, lyrical style might not have seemed like a good fit for D'Arienzo's more rhythmic orchestra, but it worked. Between 1940 and 1944 D'Arienzo and Mauré recorded about 50 tracks.
This week's traditional tanda is medium tempo set by Ricardo Tanturi with Enrique Campos.
Tanturi's orchestra, while not standing out musically, can be described as mature, solid, with an understated elegance. The orchestra was more well known for its singers Alberto Castillo and Enrique Campos. Tanturi and Castillo recorded many songs of a fairly rhythmic nature.
After Alberto Castillo left the orchestra, in May of 1943, he was replaced with Enrique Campos. At this time, Orchestras that were moving to a more melodic sound, such as Caló with Beron and Di Sarli with Podesta, were doing very well. With Campos, Tanturi's music became more melodic, but without sacrificing the rhythm. Unlike Castillo, Campos was not a show-off and sang in a calm, simple voice and was at the service of the orchestra.
Many believe that while Castillo had a better voice, Campos is better for dancing. I am more 50/50 on this and very much enjoy dancing to both Tanturi-Castillo and Tanturi-Campos, although they are very different. Tanturi-Campos recorded 51 songs between 1943 and 1946.
This tanda features two of their most famous tangos, "Una Emoción" and "Oigo Tu Voz."
This week's traditional tanda is by Ricardo Malerba with Orlando Medina singing. This is the first tanda that I presenting that is not by one of the major orchestras. Malerba was a regular on the radio for over 20 years and was also popular with dancers for his rhythmic style.
This alternative tanda is really more of a modern tanda by Sexteto Milonguero.
The Sexteto Milonguero formed in 2006 with the simple desire to play the dance repertoire, usually heard in the milongas, including different styles of different bands, emphasizing the 40′s, and beyond the excellent versions heard for years, Sexteto Milonguero tries to give a personal sound to these great old songs.
The only intention? … follow the path of those great bands, and do not let the tango, withdraw from the neighborhood, the dancers, the popular, the milongas …"
This week's traditional tanda is a dramatic set by Osvaldo Pugliese. This set features Recuerdo, the first tango Pugliese composed, in 1924, when he was only 19 years old. The title was originally "Recuerdo para mis amigos" (Memory for my friends) and was an homage to his friends that he used to hang out with in the cafe. This song is often described as a milestone of tango composition for its melodic structure and its complex density. "Recuerdo" shows Pugliese's knowledge of European classical music and his commitment to the streets of Buenos Aires.
"One could speak, with total justice, of compositions before and after Pugliese's 'Recuerdo' and the instrumentalists before and after 'Recuerdo'." - Horacio Ferrer
This week's traditional tanda is a popular set by Francisco Canaro with Roberto Maida singing. This tanda features the super popular song Poema. These songs fall at the end of the Guardia Nueva Period (1925 to 1935), when tango was transitioning from the sound of the Guardia Vieja sound to the more modern sound of the Golden Age. These songs still have that old sound, with some touches of the new. Poema has the beat or rhythm of the guardia vieja period which has sort of a dropping feeling (at least to me), but then it also has the elegant strings and smooth singing. Also, notice the strings in the first part and then how the singer almost imitates the strings in the second part.
Here are 3 different versions of Poema. It was originally written on a bus trip by several musicians including Eduardo Bianco. I have also included a Greek version and a French version.
Live Perfomances: I like that most of the performers use the changes in the music. Poema is generally a very calm and slow song, but it has bursts of energy. One of the complexities of Poema is handling those transitions betweenthe calm and steady and the more energetic segments.