Would you like a friend who could identify just about every piece of popular Golden Age Tango music for you - and even tell you the orchestra and sometimes the year and the CD you will find it on? I have such a friend and he is Amazing! I love listening to tango music with him because I learn so much.
However when my friend is not around he has recommended an iphone App which is almost as good. So I downloaded it. I threw in a few curly ones - and a bit of classical to see just how good it is. It got all the old time jazz right, so then I thought I'd ask it about tango. It recognized Demare's 1946 recording of 'Dos Corozones' and Synergy Percussion's performance of Ross Edward's 'Dragonfly Dance' (one of my favourite classical pieces). There was no problem with 'Loca de Amor' (Rodolfo Biagi) and Anibal Troilo's 'Malena', it correctly identified Di Sarli's 'Tu...El Cielo y tu' and D'Arienzo's ' Milonga Vieja Milonga' both from Youtube.
However it couldn't get Tanturi's 1942 recording of 'Muneca Brava' or my favourite recordings of Francisco Canaro with singer Ernesto Fama from the early 1940s (it identified 'Pajaro Ciego' as 'Incantesimo' by Massimo de Santis and David Scillia (!) - sorry but I have no idea what that is) nor could it get Thursday evening's performance on ABC Classic FM which
according to their program guide was Chausson's 'Concert in D for piano,
violin and string quartet, Op 21' . Nonetheless it will be great to have when my friend is not there to ask - though I am sure from time to time I will have to check if it is right. If you've got an iphone and you want to identify tango music from time to time - check out Shazam it's free!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
It was a wonderful night... and I hope for the sake of all the Aussies who cancelled - or just weren't interested - that they do it again! The Chateau Tongariro is a beautiful hotel watched over by one of New Zealand's most famous mountains, Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom from the world of the hobbits) and it was showing off it's finery on Saturday. Snow-capped, it shone in a golden light as the sun set and the red vegetation in the foreground provided a perfect stage. Later in the night it snowed - and the cars in the carpark were covered in a dusting of snow which melted early in the morning.
The Chateau has a picture window that frames the Mountain and the top dance floor was just in front of this window. The main floor on the next level and tables set around the floor with chandeliers above.