“Esquinas porteñas” by Ángel D’Agostino y su Orquesta Típica with Ángel Vargas in vocals, 1942.
Music: Sebastián Piana. Lyrics: Homero Manzi.
Buenos Aires neighborhood corner the moon and the sun paint your walls. The winter rains cry for you in the watercolors of my evocation.
Thirty moons know my wound and a hundred streets saw us go by. Your life and my life crossed, you took the path that never returns.
Streets, where the meek life lost hope, passion and faith. Streets, if I know that she is already dead, knocking on every door why will I look for her? Little streets, shaded with poetry, they saw us one day both happy. Companion of the sun and the stars, that afternoon left God’s way.
The winds murmur my sorrow. The shadows tell me that he’s already gone. And written in the serene nights I find her name as an obsession.
A little corner of Buenos Aires neighborhood, with walls painted with the moon and the sun, that when crying with your winter rains you stain the landscape of my evocation.
“Ninguna” by Ángel D’Agostino y su Orquesta Típica with Ángel Vargas in vocals, 1942.
Singer, lyricist and composer (22 October 1904 – 7 July 1959)
In 1940 he would commence his fundamental period when entering the orchestra led by the pianist Ángel D’Agostino with whom he would stay until 1946, producing 94 renditions on record which stand as legitimate jewels in the genre.
A singer with an impressive personality, he is the symbol of porteño (from Buenos Aires) tango phrasing in the 40s.
His phrasing was reo and compadrito but at the same time of an infinite good taste.
Angel Vargas died young and still without a very noticeable decline as interpreter; he was, no doubt, one of the major artists in our tango music.
“Queja indiana” by Rodolfo Biagi y su Orquesta Típica with Andrés Falgás in vocals, 1939.
Pianist, composer and leader (19 October 1895 – 4 April 1928)
He began his studies at the conservatory in Buenos Aires; then his parents took him to Spain and, at the National Conservatory of Barcelona, he perfected himself under the direction of a famous maestro in piano and harmony.
From the city of Barcelona, he made a trip to Paris where he was distinguished.
He returned to Argentina in 1914.
He obtained in 1927 one of the first prizes in the National Record Contest at the Palace Theater, on Corrientes Street, with the tango “Queja indiana”, which made it possible to be recorded by Carlos Gardel.