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UKDancer

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#1
A well known UK commercial radio station, Classic FM, conducts a poll each year to identify their listeners' favourite pieces of classical music, and they play them all (or at least if I recall correctly, the Top 100) in the run-up to Easter each year.

I wondered whether it would be interesting to seek nominations for up to ten personal tango favourites (favourites for social dancing, that is), and to see whether any sort of consensus emerges. Any takers?
 

UKDancer

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#2
Here are ten from me, more-or-less in order of recording:

El Choclo, Juan D'Arienzo (Instrumental), 1937
Arrabal, Pedro Laurenz (Instrumental), 1937
Milongueando en el 40, Aníbal Troilo (Instrumental), 1941
Buscandote, Osváldo Fresedo (Ricardo Ruiz), 1941
Flores del Alma (Vals), Pedro Laurenz (Martín Podestá), 1942
Asi Se Baila El Tango, Ricardo Tanturi (Alberto Castillo), 1942
Nada, Carlos Di Sarli (Alberto Podestá), 1944
Flor de Montserrat (Milonga), Rodolfo Biagi (Alberto Amor), 1946
Indio Manso, Carlos Di Sarli (Instrumental), 1958
Papas Calientes (Milonga), Juan D'Arienzo (Instrumental), 1967
 

sixela

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#3
Oigo tu Voz (Demare)?
Fumando Espero? (several versions, I'll let you pick Di Sarli or Varela if you like whipped ice cream)
Esta Noche de Luna (actually, I(ll let anyone pick anything with a vocalist post 1951 by di Sarli and I'll agree)?
Anything sung by Raúl Berón?
Loca (d'Arienzo, 1958, just to prove d'Arienzo is more than what some people take it is)?

But to be honest, if it's a radio programme there are several not-strictly-social pieces of music from Piazzolla that will stand the test of time better and are more universal in their appeal. That includes some very similar late Troilo (like Danzarin).

I'll second Buscandote and Nada.
 

UKDancer

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#4
I'll second Buscandote and Nada.
That puts them in joint first place, then!

Is there a late Di Sarli Esta Noche de Luna? I know of the Rufino, 1943, but not another. I like the 'Troilo for Export' Danzarín, too, even though I know its concert music, really.
 

AndaBien

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#5
I couldn't begin to decide. Also, my preferences change all the time. I played a tanda a few weeks ago that I had liked 2 years ago, but recently I thought it sucked.

My favorite recent discovery, for orchestras, is early Fresedo con Roberto Rey.
 

bordertangoman

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#6
Obsesion: De Angelis
Sinsabor: Donato
Indio Manso: Di Sarli
Yo no se que me han hecho tus ojos; Canaro
Derrotado (Tenes razon): Di Sarli/Florio
Una Emocion; Tanturi/Campos
La melodia del corazon :Donato
Si Soy Así: Lomuto (or Krebbs!)
La Bruja: D'Arienzo
Zum: Pugliese
 

sixela

Well-Known Member
#7
No, the Esta Noche with Rufino is not late di Sarli, it's indeed Rufino and middle-period di Sarli.

There's a radically different Pugliese/Maciel that's later, but that's 'something completely different'.

It's just that '50s di Sarli is with so many singers (and so many songs) it's hard to actually pick one. You can think of that side comment belonging in another paragraph.
 

Subliminal

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#9
I'll admit I have weird tastes. And this list is far from everything, but it's what comes to mind right now. In no particular order:

Reliquias Portenas - Canaro
Tristeza Marina - Di Sarli
Por la Huella - Biagi
Un Baile Benifico - Pugliese
Flor de Montserrat - Biagi
Risas De Otono - Di Sarli/Podesta
Seguime, si podes - Pugliese
Corazon de Oro - Canaro/Falcon
El Cencerro - D'Arienzo
Romance de Barrio - Troilo

(Can ya tell I like milongas and waltzes? ;) )
 

rain_dog

Active Member
#10
Off the top of my head, these are songs that I really want to be dancing to when the DJ plays them. Granted, some of them are overplayed, but they still are some of my favorites:

Bahia Blanca - Di Sarli
Mi Serenata - Donato
La Abandone y No Sabia - Calo/Beron
Recien - Tanturi/Campos
No te apures carablanca - Demare
Madraselva - D'Agostino/Vargas
Poema - Canaro (Yes, I said it...)
Ella Es Asi - Donato
Remembranzas - Pugliese/Maciel
El Lloron - Hugo Diaz
 
#11
No particular order:

-Enrique Rodriguez - Yo No Sé Porque Razón
-Rodolfo Biagi - Indiferencia
-Juan D'Arienzo - Loca
-Carlos di Sarli - Mi Refugio
-Miguel Calò - Ya Sale El Tren
-Julio de Caro - Boedo
-Carlos Marcucchi - Mi Dolor
-D'Agostino-Vargas - Esquinas Porteñas
-Alfredo de Angelis - Tus besos fueron mios
-Osvaldo Pugliese & Miguel Montero - Antiguo reloj de cobre (maybe not for dancing, but this song always sends shivers down my spine)
 
#12
Yo no se que me han hecho tus ojos; Canaro
Una Emocion; Tanturi/Campos
Si Soy Así: Lomuto (or Krebbs!)
La Bruja: D'Arienzo
Nice selection. These are all tangos with highly, highly profound lyrics. When it comes to pure listening and no dancing, I usually enjoy tangos with lyrics more than instrumentals. I suppose you understand Spanish.

I also like the much younger D'Arienzo version of Si Soy Asi because I feel that the voice is a bit more expressive and suitable for this kind of light-hearted ironic explanation of why for him life has the form of a woman.

youtube dot com/watch?v=Jvep7nDvihs
 
#13
I'll play.

In no special order, picking one random favourite from my favourite orchestras:
Recién - Laurenz
Son Cosas Del Bandoneon - Rodríguez
Pa' Que Bailen Los Muchachos - Troilo
Que te importa que te llore - Calo
Silueta Porteña - Canaro
Tres Esquinas - D'Agostino
Flor de Montserrat - Biagi
Cuidado Con Los Cincuenta - Di Sarli
La Bordona - Pugliese
La Bruja - D'Arienzo
 
#15
Have you also listened to the Troilo version? I like both, but the Troilo version has a fairly unique musical climax/outburst in the relative beginning of the song that is probably one of the most dramatic things I have ever heard.
Yes, I like the Troilo ones too, and will occasionally play the 1958 Troilo at a milonga together with Danzarin & Quejas De Bandoneón. But I prefer the Pugliese - it feels to me as though the energy is still there, but it's more contained, so when you let it rip at the end, the contrast is more intense.
 

UKDancer

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#16
So far we have 62 nominations, the majority with just one vote, but currently these are the handful mentioned more than once:

Song Votes
Flor de Montserrat, Biagi/Amor, 1946 3
Buscandote, Fresedo/Ruiz, 1941 2
Indio Manso, Di Sarli, 1958 2
La Bruja, D'Arienzo/Echagüe, 1938 2
Loca, D'Arienzo, 1955 2
Nada, Di Sarli/Podestá, 1944 2
 

UKDancer

Well-Known Member
#17
... and by popularity of Orchestra, a clear leader, so far:

Di Sarli 10
Pugliese 6
Canaro 5
D'Arienzo 5
Biagi 4
Donato 4
Troilo 4
Calo 3
D'Agostino 3
Laurenz 3
Tanturi 3
De Angelis 2
Demare 2
 

bordertangoman

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#18
I would like to change the format of your original post UkDancer and suggest 10 tangos and 3 milongas and 3 valses, since I like all the vals suggestions above, and put one in ( for sentimental reasons - had one of most profound dances to it)

Footnote; and there is one tune earworming in mind but I can't name it; all I know is it has the word 'nunca' (never) in it :-/
 

bordertangoman

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#19
Nice selection. These are all tangos with highly, highly profound lyrics. When it comes to pure listening and no dancing, I usually enjoy tangos with lyrics more than instrumentals. I suppose you understand Spanish.
not a clue I'm afraid. Though I was told the story of Yo no se que me han hecho tus ojos; (Canaro)
 

UKDancer

Well-Known Member
#20
I would like to change the format of your original post UkDancer and suggest 10 tangos and 3 milongas and 3 valses, since I like all the vals suggestions above, and put one in ( for sentimental reasons - had one of most profound dances to it)

Footnote; and there is one tune earworming in mind but I can't name it; all I know is it has the word 'nunca' (never) in it :-/
A tango/vals/milonga mix is fine - and if that means more than 10, that's fine too.

Personal Nunca favourites:
  • Más Solo Que Nunca, D'Agostino/Vargas
  • Nunca Más, D'Arienzo/Maure
  • Nunca Tuvo Novio, Laurenz/Podesta
  • Qué Nunca Me Falte, Tanturi/Campos
with the Laurenz/Podesta an easy winner.
 

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