Various Artists

Buenos Aires to Paris

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Several historic world music compilations include in their titles the words "Buenos Aires" and "Paris" in reference to the migration of Argentine tango bands (the now-traditional "Orquesta Tipica") in a northeasterly direction towards Europe -- there to roost in Paris and Berlin -- during the 1930s. Released in 1997, Harlequin's Buenos Aires to Paris assembles 24 vintage examples of this cross-cultural phenomenon, recorded by about 13 different ensembles during the years 1924-1938. "Mala Junta," which features both group whistling by the band and a solo on the piston flute, also known as the slide or swanee whistle, is particularly fetching. The tango was all the rage in Europe between the two world wars, and flourished there until being indirectly proscribed in 1935 by the Nuremburg laws (Article 2) on account of its perceived lewdness and racial impurity. Today it sounds pleasantly old-fashioned, romantic, wistful, and picturesque.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:27
2 2:44
3
2:41
4 2:53
5 2:16
6 2:55
7
2:56
8 2:54
9
2:14
10
2:46
11 2:55
12
2:32
13
2:31
14
2:41
15
2:47
16
3:16
17
2:45
18
2:59
19
2:50
20
3:15
21
3:00
22
3:16
23
3:10
24
3:10
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