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El Tango
Jose Maria PALAZUELOS (1840-1893)
El Negro Schicoba
Francisco HARGREAVES (1849-1900) Bartolo
Carlos Lopez BUCHARDO (1881-1948)
Pare El Tranguay, Mayoral
Ernesto DRANGOSCH (1882-1925)
Don Pepe
Carlos Lopez BUCHARDO (1882-1925) Coquito
Enrique CASELLA (1891-1948)
Flor De Pasion
El Perseguido, Aire De Tango
Manuel Gomez CARRILLO (1883-1968)
Tenga Mano
Athos PALMA (1891-1951)
Arnaldo D. ESPOSITO (1907-1945)
Mas Nunca Olvidare
Constantino GAITO (1878-1945)
Preludio En Forma De Tango
J. C. PAZ (1902-1971)
Junto Al Parana
Jorge Arandia NAVARRO (b.1929)
Tango Que Le Hiciste Mal
Gilardo GILARDI (1889-1963)
Salvador RANIERI (b.1930)
Juan Carlos ZORZI (1935-1999)
Gisela Garcia GILERA (b.1973)
Irma URTEAGA (b.1929)
Norma LADO (b.1934)
Cristales Rotos
Jorge PITARI (b.1943)
Invencion Tanguera
Estela Telerman (piano)
rec. 2002-2003
PRETAL PRCD133 [64:34]

CD: Pretal

El Tango II 1879-2007
1. Francisco HARGREAVES (1849-1900)
La Rubia
2. Andres GAOS (1874-1959)
Es Quejido
3-5. Julio SAGRERAS (1879-1942)
Tres Tangos
6. Jacobo FICHER (1896-1978)
Tango N 1
7. Emilio Angel NAPOLITANO (1907-1989)
Tango Argentino De Concierto
8-10. Juan F. GIACOBBE (1907-1990)
Prosas Sentimentales De Canto Pobre
11-12. Washington CASTRO (1909-2004) Dos Tangos
13. Carlos GUASTAVINO (1912-2000)
Horacio Lavalle
14. Valdo SCIAMMARELLA (b. 1924) Volveran Las Oscuras Golondrinas
15. Celina Kohan De SCHER (b. 1931)
Mi Buenos Aires
16. Horacio Lopez De La ROSA (1933-1986) Tango Op. 48
17. Manuel JUAREZ (b. 1937)
Tango N 1
18-20. Julio Garcia CANEPA (b. 1940)
A Don Benito
21. Fernando MAGLIA (b. 1954)
22. Juan Maria SOLARE (b. 1966)
23. Juan Manuel ABRAS (b. 1975)
24. Christian BALDINI (b. 1978)
Forest Ella
Estela Telerman (piano: 1,2,7,14,15,17-20,23 & 24) Guillermo Carro (piano: 6,11-13,16,22-24) Dora Castro (piano: 8-10); Omar Aranda Lamadrid (orator: 8-10); Mariana Levitin (cello: 11-12); Jose Luis Sarre (tenor: 14); Marcela Sfriso (guitar: 21); Walter Ujaldon (guitar: 3-5,21)
rec. October 2007
PRETAL PRCD138 [79:55]
Experience Classicsonline

In 2008 Estela Telerman performed Argentinean piano music in New York and Washington DC, where she was a member of Jury for the Washington International Piano Competition. With the benefit of evident sympathy and great insight into the repertoire she presents more than two hours of the Tango by serious Argentinean composers.

To the first disc where a number of the many of the tangos sound commercial. Nothing untoward in that. How many of these were written to turn a pretty penny. Then again what do we expect composers to do: starve. The piano stools of Europe were for decades stuffed with the lightly or ill-considered offerings of the great as well as the mediocre.

Some of these tangos are redolent of Gottschalk. Drangosch’s 1908 Don Pepe tango sounds a little like a Joplin rag. The Buchardo Coquito is a winsome piece. Drangosch’s Aire de Tango from the operetta La Gruta de los milagros is stiff-necked yet rather 1960s romantic. Giacobbe 's Preludio en forme de tango dates from the mid-1940s and is in a strangely filtered sophisticated harmonic language. Gilardi's 1958 Tango has the hammered sound of a pianola roll. Ranieri's Encuentro is a song for soprano and piano here sung by Silvina Martino. It is rather dissonant and black-storm cloudy. A similar dissonance echoes stonily around Urteaga's Entonces. Norma Lado's haltingly Cristales Rotos (Broken Glasses) is inventively fractured yet dissonant yet in touch with the tradition. From the same year comes Jorge Pitari's Invencion Tanguera No. 3 which marries tango with J.S. Bach's patterning and with the serious-browed martellato of the pianola.

In the second and later CD Telerman shares the microphone with many other musicians. The Hargeaves La Rubia is workmanlike but plain. The Gaos evinces a little more originality. He was a Galician immigrant. The Sagreras pieces are for the guitar are three honeyed and lovingly turned tangos with the middle of the three being very Iberian indeed. Returning to the piano we hear the thorny and awkward yet fresh music of Russian-born Ficher. Giacobbe wrote many works for bandoneon and these are warmly orated by Omar Aranda Lamadrid. Across these tangos Lamadrid recalls three people who were major figures in his life. Washington Castro employs a cello in Dos Tangos. These are very intense and not shackled to the tango tradition; rather taking it as a launching point. Guastavino is now being recorded by others. His Horacio Lavalle stays within the bounds of an essentially conservative language though there is a light dusting of dissonance here too. Telerman is joined by the quavery tenor of Jose Luis Sarre for the passionate Volveran las oscuras golondrinas. We go back to the guitar for the dark skies of Fernando Maglia's Imagitango with its whiplash asides over a gloomy ostinato. Audacity dissonantly racks the tango representations of Abras and Baldini.

Everything here is lovingly turned by Telerman.

These two discs are only available separately and you may have to work hard to track them down.

Rob Barnett



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