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This month's cds (July 2008):
This month: the first club cd from Osvaldo Fresedo. You may also have noticed that one of the cds is in fact a dvd - the shape of the cover is a bit of a giveaway!
Osvaldo Fresedo / Roberto Ray: Tangos de Salón
Osvaldo Fresedo positioned himself musically as the darling of the barrio norte - the upper class in Buenos Aires. As the 20s became the 30s, this meant that his style became more romantic and more sweet. By the 1940s, that sweetness would become cloying, but in the 1930s, with singer Roberto Ray, the formula was - like Goldilocks's porridge - just right.
This is the kind of music that you would expect to hear in the Palm Court of the Waldorf Hotel as smartly dressed waiters glide amongst an elegant, sophisticated clientele serving champagne and cocktails. If that sounds like you, then you'll enjoy this music as well.
On this cd there are no milongas, and no valses either. Whilst Canaro was experimenting with new rhythms, Fresedo's idea of adventure is a combination of the tango with the fox-trot in Isla de Capri, which you may recognise as a fox-trot of the time arranged as a tango.
That's not to say that there's no rhythm here - in En la huella del dolor Fresedo shows that he hasn't forgotten the rhytmic sensibility that made his work in the late 1920s so outstanding - but it's the melody that is emphasised. Many of these tracks are real classics, and some (such as Vida mía) are identified exclusively with the orchestra. It's not tango of the street - it's tango of the salón. Posh tango!
- Vida mía
- Niebla del riachuelo
- Siempre es carnaval
- No quiero verte llorar
- Yo no se llorar
- Isla de Capri tango-fox
- Como aquella princesa
- Media vuelta
- En la huella del dolor
- Recuerdos de bohemia
- Te juro madre mía
- Canto de amor
- Dulce amargura
- El mareo
Carlos Gardel: Tango Bar 
This DVD presents the last of the four films Carlos Gardel made with Paramount before his tragic death in 1935. Carlos Gardel's charm and warmth light up the screen and it's a delight to see him sing.
Gardel convincingly (no really) plays an amorous young cabaret vocalist named Ricardo, who falls in love with gorgeous dancer Laura (Rosita Moreno). To rescue the heroine from a gang of crooks, Ricardo puts his own life on the line. The villain, played by Enrique de Rosas, is a government official, reflecting the "outlaw" status of the tango in much of South America.
Of his great hits, the film includes the iconic Por una cabeza Lejana tierra mía.
As a bonus, the DVD includes colour footage of Gardel singing Por una cabeza, Golondrinas and Cuesta abajo.
We also have the 4 DVD box set of all 4 films available - contact us for details.
Spanish with optional subtitles in English, Spanish and Portuguese
From Argentina To The World: Alfredo De Angelis
The orchestra of Alfredo De Angelis was lyrical and romantic, with arrangements that were simple but perfect for dancing. This great cd covers his entire career from the melodrama of the early recordings with Floreál Ruíz right through to the enduringly popular and hard-to-obtain instrumental Pavadita.
- El pial
- La brisa
- Jiron porteño (Oro muerto)
- Soñar y nada más vals
- Como se muere de amor
- La cumparsita
- Para que te quiero tanto
- Misa de once
- Ya estamos iguales
- Altar sin luz
- Pobre flor vals
- Mi novia de ayer vals
- Guardia vieja
- Bajo Belgrano
- Bajo el cono azul
Motorcyle Diaires (soundtrack)
This wonderful film about the young life of Che Guevera is worth a watch, but today we're inviting you to listen to it.
Argentine composer Gustavo Santaolalla, whose film credits also include Babel and Brokeback Mountain to name just two, is responsible for the wonderful music. Al otro lado del río won the Oscar for best song but it's the haunting De Usuahia a La Quiaca which will have you wearing out your repeat button - and reaching for your dance shoes.
- Lago frías
- Leaving Miramar
- Chipi Chipi
- La partida
- La muerte de la poderosa
- La salida de Lima
- Que rico el mambo - Pérez Prado
- Círculo en el río
- Leyendo en el hospital
- El cruce
- Partida del Leprosario
- De Usuahia a la Quiaca
- Revolución Calente
- Al otro lado del Río
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