Pedro Laurenz was a virtuoso bandoneón player (listen especially to his variación near the end of “24 de agosto“). He played in Julio De Caro‘s sextet, which brought a smoother more polished sound to tango. Laurenz’s own orchestra followed in this lineage, producing lyrical tangos of beautiful musical sophistication.
Alberto Podestá is still alive and singing in Buenos Aires today, but he was only nineteen years old when he recorded these songs with Laurenz. He brought a surprising gravitas and depth to these melancholy tangos, despite his youth.