A media luz (1941)
A oscuras (1941)
Soy mendigo (1939)
Alas rotas (1938)
I really love Edgardo Donato. His orchestra, like Canaro, plays in the Guardia Vieja style, with a clear compás and moderately fast tempo. But to me, his sound is a bit less polished, a bit more raw—and I like that. The orchestra hits those downbeats with a decisive thud, as opposed to Canaro’s subjectively more “bouncy” sound.
Among those who sang with Donato, Horacio Lagos is the most famous soloist. These four tangos are not exactly Donato’s “greatest hits” (those would be “El adiós,” and any duets with Lita Morales), but they are certainly very danceable. I begin with the standard and often-covered “A media luz,” and end it with my favorite, “Alas rotas,” by female lyricist Maruja Pacheco Huergo where the singer compares his forgetful lover to a wingless butterfly.