Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tanda of the Week 35/2015 - 1950's instrumentals - Federico, Biagi, Varela & Polito! - DJ Antti Suniala

I will be playing at the La Endorfina tango marathon in Poland in October!


1. Domingo Federico - "Leyenda gaucha" 1952
2. Rodolfo Biagi - "El recodo" 1952
3. Héctor Varela - "Mi dolor" 1953
4. Juan Polito - "El internado" 1952

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1351759575I believe I've been hyping the early 1950's instrumental tangos a fair amount and that's exactly what I'll do again in this post. I played this tanda last Sunday and I thought it came out really good. It's a mix of songs that are difficult to fit into tandas of equally great songs from the same orchestra; the only exception possibly being Biagi's "El recodo", but even then you would fall short in my opinion. I wouldn't say the other three songs in this tanda are such classics as "El recodo" but they are definitely some of the best the individual orchestras have in their discography and top notch songs that all have very high energy without being overly uptempo and also great bandoneon variaciones to finish the songs off. Also Polito's "El internado" is one of the few songs available to mere mortals in high quality.

Juan Polito (read the biography at Todotango.com) played in D'Arienzo's orchestra on two time periods and "El internado" is indeed very D'Arienzoesque. Still the arrangement is slightly different and the great pianist gets to showcase his skills in wonderful fashion.



PS. The cortina is from the band of my talented girlfriend and I had the opportunity to be part of filming and directing their first video. Check it out!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tanda of the Week 33/2015 - Tanturi/Campos - TangoTunes - 5 Year Anniversary of TOTW!

Five years ago I started my blog Tanda of the Week with the simple idea of sharing my love for tango music with the world, and while at it, sharing some thoughts about what makes tango music so great and how to construct good tandas. I was still a beginner DJ (when it came to tango music) and I had no idea that the blog would become this popular or that I'd be still doing this after five years!

The last years have been quite a ride for me as a DJ and I've had the pleasure and privilige to DJ in some of the most prestige milongas and festivals around the world and will keep doing so hopefully for many years to come! I'd like to thank all of the DJ's who have helped me with the blog by sharing their guest DJ tandas and of course all of my readers for your comments, likes, shares and recommendations. You have all been irreplaceable.

I had to take a break for some summer holidays and my gigs/trips to the wonderful Tango d'Amore festival in Odessa, Ukraine and the High Noon marathon in Berlin, Germany, but now the blog and weekly tandas are back stronger than ever. There's still so much of beautiful music to share with all of you.

Un abrazo,

DJ Antti Suniala


1. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "Sollozo de bandoneón" 1943 - lyrics
2. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "Calla bandoneón" 1944 - lyrics
3. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "La abandoné y no sabía" 1944 - lyrics
4. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "Igual que una sombra" 1945 - lyrics

 http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1338795295I received quite an amazing present for the anniversary and for this weeks tanda from TangoTunes.com. The fine folk at TangoTunes have released two compilations of freshly digitized shellacs from none other than Ricardo Tanturi with the singer Enrique Campos. The first compilation, contains 32 songs from 1943-1944, and the second compilation has 21 songs from 1945 to 1946, and this makes for the entire catalog of 53 recordings of Ricardo Tanturi together with the singer Enrique Campos, valses, milongas and duets with Roberto Videla included.

Some of Tanturi's songs have been very difficult to get in good quality, and for some reason many of the songs have been cursed with a lot of reverb, which had been artificially added at some point by the record companies. So it's amazing to have these songs in their original form, straight from the shellacs, in the way they were supposed to sound like. So please have a listen to the samples provided at the TangoTunes store. The Spotify and Deezer playlists I am able to provide for you to listen to these songs do not contain the releases of TangoTunes.

The tanda itself contains one of the most popular songs from Tanturi/Campos: "Calla bandoneón" from 1944. I see a story develop throughout the tanda as the singer goes through different phases of misery and loss as the bandoneon gently weeps. "Iqual que un bandoneón" would've been a great song for the tanda as well, but I was unable to find it on Spotify.


Tanturi, Ricardo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes
Campos, Enrique - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info