Various Artists

Tango Argentino: Traditional & Modern Tango

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A two-disc set of tangos, at least in theory representing both traditional and modern forms. The first disc is devoted exclusively to recordings of Carlos Gardel, the father of tango. The second disc deals with Monica Lander and the Pedro Gonez Orchestra. The Gardel recordings vary in date from 1920 to 1935, and the sound quality is exceptional given this, and compared to some other compilations of his work. As would be expected, the quality of the performances by Gardel is outstanding (did he ever make a poor recording?). The only oddity is the exclusion of a number of his better-known works (such as "Por Una Cabeza"), though their absence probably has something to do with the relative obscurity of the Baur label. The works on the second disc are also decently good. They are primarily instrumental, where Gardel was vocal. In all truth, if one is looking for modern tango, one should look up one of Astor Piazzolla's many albums. Still, this isn't bad for being a discount album from an obscure German label. Pick it up mainly for the Carlos Gardel recordings, as the modern works are secondary here.

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