Temblando, singer Francisco Fiorentino (1944)
Palomita blanca, singers Floreal Ruiz y Alberto Marino (1944)
Flor de lino, singer Floreal Ruiz (1947)
Romance de barrio, singer Floreal Ruiz (1947)
I most often play tandas of three valses, especially if the milonga is shorter. But sometimes, especially at festivals, I feel like the crowd really craves four. And for that special four-vals tanda, who better to play than el gordo Pichuco? All three of his great singers of the 1940s—Francisco Fiorentino, Alberto Marino, and Floreal Ruiz—make an appearance in this tanda.
Pabellón de las rosas (1935)
Visión celeste (1936)
Corazón de artista (1936)
Valsecito criollo (1937)
In the late 1930s, D’Arienzo recorded many very fun instrumental valses. I could have chosen the classics, like “Amor y celos” and “Lágrimas y sonrisas,” but I’ve chosen to go with slightly more offbeat, though by no means, unknown selections. Enjoy!
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.
Flores del alma (1947)
Pobre flor (1946)
Soñar y nada más (1944)
In Buenos Aires, DJs and dancers enjoy his vocal tangos from the 1940s and 1950s with Floreal Ruiz and Oscar Larroca, but in the U.S. Alfredo De Angelis is best known for his late 1950s instrumentals like “Pavadita” and “Mi dolor,” and these wonderful vals duets by Julio Martel and Carlos Dante, which always bring a nice dose of romance to the evening.
Usually, I play only three valses (especially at milongas less than four hours long), though there are plenty of DJs who play four. Often, they include the vals “A Magaldi” (1947) in this set. That song is dedicated to the late Agustín Magaldi (1898–1938), an early tango singer, best known to audiences outside Argentina because he appears in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical “Evita” as the first lover of the famous titular lady.