Now, our download platform offers 38 new albums with classic tangos, amongst them already nine albums with recordings by Edgardo Donato. There are also ten albums by Juan d’Arienzo, seven by Francisco Canaro, five by Miguel Calo, two by Rodolfo Biagi and four by Osvaldo Pugliese.
Thus, our collection Tango Classics contains 253 albums altogether at this stage. And we continue working on it... For sure, you can find quite a lot which might be still missing in your current collection.
This link is the easiest way to find the new albums:
Not an easy feat, but she has accomplished it successfully! Mecha Anzoátegui presents traditional and well-known Tangos on this CD, giving these frequently interpreted songs a fresh and personal patina with her Alto voice. With her fourth album Cuerpo y Alma, the singer has given us twelve Tangos and Milongas, accompanied by only two instruments played by the guitarrist César Angeleri and the bandoneon player Pablo Mainetti. Her full and resonant voice brings out the inherent melancholic character of melodies such as those of "Fuimos" and "Nieblas del Riachuelo". All twelve pieces are wonderful to listen to, especially now during the fall season.
Mecha Anzoátegui, Cuerpo y Alma
The tastefully styled cover, held entirely in red and brown tones, is my eyes' first choice, on this early autumn afternoon. Looking at the cover, I am imagining a voice that carries the colours of autumn. As her first words reach my ear everything around me is melting into chocolate brown and red colours. The day is already coming to a close - some daylight is still reaching me through the clouds or is it fog? While I am pouring myself a glass of well-decanted Malbec from Mendoza and nibbling a few manís – peanuts – I am looking through my French windows watching the auburn autumn leaves float towards the ground against the backdrop of the clouded Lake Starnberg, with the first snow already covering the nearby peaks of the Alps. Or could it be river Riachuelo that features in so many Tangos and that Mecha Anzoátegui also sings about, the river Riachuelo in Buenos Aires, meandering slowly through the early morning wafts of mist, down there?
And when Mecha Anzoátegui is singing about a sentimental, coquettish French girl, as she does in "Griseta", she is daring to follow in Carlos Gardel's footsteps, just like so many other singers have tried before her. Gardel's rendering of Griseta is unique - no doubt about it - but when a woman sings about another woman, especially in this resonant Ato, then it allows for a whole set of additional associations to come forward "Griseta" – or "grisette" in French - was what in 19 century Paris seamstresses and female workers were called because they were wearing materials in a particular shade of grey. However, this label was also used for ladies of the bourgeoisie that consented all to willingly to being coquetted. This version is - at least for now - one of the few female interpretations of "Griseta".
My other personal favourite songs on this album are "Fuimos", "La pulpera de Santa Lucia", "Niebla del Riachuelo", and "Nada". These are all songs that have been recorded by a many great singers but Mecha Anzoátegui's voice gives these well-known lyrics a warm, autumn-like and colourful patina. And last but not least, these four pieces are just great to dance to and together they would make up a perfect melancholic tanda. So far, this singer has given live performances mostly in Buenos Aires. With this CD she may acquire a good reputation abroad, also. I would like her to achieve just that!
Dance tango with renowned dance instructors from all over the world. Relax at the same time for a week amidst the hills of the Italian region Umbria.
Tango vacation in Italy (Photo: Copyright)
The baaing of the sheep and the chirping of the cicadas melt with the sounds of Pugliese or Canaro. The wind blows trough the olive groves, a little dance under the firmament at night.
In 2013, many well-known teachers will be there offering classes for all levels. Unfortunately, we have had to reject many last-minute applications this year, thus we recommend to book now for 2013. You can book as a couple or a single traveller. Single travellers receive the confirmation after a second person has been found. Here is more information on the programme 2013: Tango holidays in Italy 2013
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The Cuban singer Mayelis Guyat and her band make you dance instantly! Their repertoire includes traditional as well as modern music resulting in a hot mix of salsa and timba, pop, funk hip hop and Latin jazz. This band was founded in Berlin and consists of eight musicians from Germany, Cuba and France. On their CD they also present their own songs which are better than many works of top stars.
Book the last seats available! The Salsa festival at the end of November has become an international top event during the last years. 700 dance enthusiast went to Havana in 2011. The festival 2012 is almost booked out according to the organisers, but only almost. We still have some vacancies for you... and there is more! Our offer is not limited to the last week of November in the rather modern part of Havana - we show you Cuba from different points-of-view. And because our dance school - yes, we have been offering highly qualified classes in Havana for about 17 years for Salsa and all other rhythms danced in Cuba! - is located in the historic city centre, and because we accommodate you in real Cuban appartments in the middle of Havana, the first week could be even more exciting than the second one, which adjusts more to programmes one can find somewhere else.
We offer individual pick-up service at the airport. During the first week, you stay at a carefully selected Cuban upper standard appartment with friendly Cuban hosts, who you might not want to leave again afterwards (It happened to many travellers, but you can always come back...) There is a Cuban tour guide for you, who speaks Spanish, English and French. And you study the individual dance classes at the "Academia Danza y Movimiento“, during which you can dance with your personal Cuban dance partner without having to pay an extra charge.
For the second week, you move to the Mirimar district, situated at a distance of about 12 km from the historic centre, and you stay at one of the festival hotels. Please read here how this is going to be:
This is truly an experience which makes you get to know Cuba during two weeks from very different perspectives. And you can also arrive earlier or stay longer...
Prince Royce, Elvis Martínez, El Chaval de la Bachata, Lenny Santos, Elvis Crespo, Juan Luis Guerra... this list of new bachata and merengue CDs is really impressive! The following links lead you to the corresponding CD and the audio samples:
First of all: „Falsa Alarma“ ("False Alert") by Trio Central is simply brillliant and one can only wish for such a false alarm! My favourite pieces are "El Pollo Ricardo" and "Boedo" - the wonderfully playful piano is just ingenious here as well as the replying bandoneon. Or perhaps all of the songs are my favourite pieces?
The piano is cheekily providing the tune for the bandoneon in "Organito de la Tarde". The interplay of these two instruments is breathing fresh, new life to the the Di Sarli classic "Bahía Blanca" which we have been listening to almost too many times. But, hey we would love to listen to it again now in this fresh interpretation by Trío Central. Very convincing is the title piece "Falsa Alarma", composed by the pianist Pablo Woizinski. The bandoneon player Christian Gerber is also a member of the successful Quinteto Angel. What instrument does the third musician of Trío Cntral play again? Oh, well, contrabass. Well, since Patrick Süsskind's eponymous novel the destiny of double bass players has been well-known. One only perceives them marginally, but honestly, Rodolfo Paccapelo's contrabass would seriously go amiss as a structural frame and as a strong background sound. Eventually, in "Tango Apasionado – Finale" the contrabass player has his moments of fame. A feast to your ears, and my legs can't keep quiet either on listening to "la Retirada", written by Juan Carlos Cáceres. This CD contains even two versions of this piece. The piano can almost cope with this piece on its own when I perceive the contrabass in the background and only after a good third of the piece is over, the bandoneon comes in and give "Retirada" a whole noe drive.
And really, we can't say that we are missing a single further instrument here with this Trio. Trío Central provides fully-fledged Tango delicatessen and the pieces are almost all superbly danceable. A great debut CD by this formation of three young musicians from Buenos Aires and Berlin, that doesn't leave any wishes unfulfilled. Oh, there would be one though! I would really love them to come to Munich and perform live at my milonga, one of these days. Well, until then I can happily while away the time by listening to their CD...
15 albums with 179 tango tango, vals and milonga tracks by Carlos di Sarli - this continuation of releases belonging to our series "Tango Classics" presents an array of recordings from the 1950s. Please click on the following list for a survey - even tango experts will not know all the titles published here ...
"Bar exposicion" - the most current album from the 15 new di Sarlis
Some information about the series “Tango Classics”
Klaus Johns, born in Hamburg and deceased in 2004, spent his life collecting one of the largest tango archives in Europe. After his
death, the material copied from the original recordings on almost 600 music tapes was archived. The life span of this cultural treasure on tapes is limited, and according to specialist evaluations the complete material in its present form would be lost within a few years. Thus, "Danza y Movimiento" decided to digitize a good deal of the archive.
In Klaus John’s lifetime, DyM already produced a series of tango CDs from the existing repertoire together with this very energetic musician, composer and collector based in the tango scene in Graz, Austria. These productions are highly esteemed by tango experts because of their high editorial value. Our compilations of tangos, milongas and valses known worldwide are also part of this repertoire.
The series "Tango Classics" publishes the material at hand without putting a special thematic emphasis. Although, if possible, every album presents a single tango artist. The purpose of our series is to make titles accessible that might still be missing in someone’s collection. All the 2000 music tracks currently available (May 2012) can be downloaded individually, and they are also available in FLAC format, free of compression-loss. The recordings were slightly edited in order to reduce strong background noises of the original sound carriers. All the recordings are legally protected, but they can be licensed for tango projects at favourable conditions.
This is a complete survey of all the albums already released in the series: