Tres Esquinas (1941)
El Yacaré (1941)
Solo compasión (1941)
Adiós, arrabal (1941)
No Golden Age orchestra is as intimately identified with a single singer as Ángel D’Agostino‘s orchestra is with Ángel Vargas. The Two Ángeles are an inseparable icon of tango.
This thematically diverse tanda includes some of their greatest hits. “Tres Esquinas” (Three Corners) is an elegy to the bygone days of a beloved neighborhood. “El Yacaré” (The Gator) is the nickname of Elías Antúnez, a famous jockey from the jungle province Corrientes in northeastern Argentina, and this tango describes a memorable win of his in the Hipodromo de Palermo. In “Solo compasión” (Only Compassion) the man in the lyrics forgives a woman who never truly loved him back—and he actually compares himself to Jesus forgiving those who crucified him! The tanda closes as it opened, with “Adiós, arrabal,” (Goodbye, arrabal), another bittersweet farewell to a bygone neighborhood, though in the end the man returns to his sweet mother, asking her pardon for being so pig-headed.