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Biagi, Vals

Biagi: Super Fast Valses with Teófilo Ibáñez

Loca de amor (1938)
Lejos de ti (1938)
Viejo portón (1938)

These punchy Biagi valses, recorded right after he left D’Arienzo to form his own orchestra, are just the thing needed to send everyone spinning gleefully across the floor—provided they aren’t too tired. Even if these suffer from overly speedy transfers by sloppy record companies, Teófilo Ibáñez can still sing faster than I can speak, especially in “Viejo portón.” I can listen to that vals on repeat ten times in a row and I attempt sing along…much to the consternation of anyone who happens to be in my company.

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About Derrick Del Pilar

Born and raised in Chicago, I came to the tango while studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires in 2006. In 2008 I earned my B.A. with majors in Creative Writing and Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and in 2009 I earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My specialty is the history & literature of early 20th century Argentina.

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