Roberto Firpo – His Orchestra

Lately, I got the Todotango Club CD of Orquesta Roberto Firpo. All the CDs I have of Firpo are his quartet (“cuarteto” in Spanish). These CDs are not bad, but I never feel like playing them in my milonga, because I feel our usual way of dancing doesn’t fit that music. And I didn’t notice that Roberto Firpo also has recording of his orchestra, until the moment I got the CD.

I listened to the CD and found that the pieces of his orchestra are really nice. The arrangement of many pieces is creative, colorful, with nice texture, yet not very complicated (unlike Julio De Caro). Needless to say, they are very danceable. There’re 2 pieces in that CD I like very much:

El Compinche, composed by Roberto Firpo himself, recorded in 1937
Fantasma, sung by Alberto Diale, recorded in 1939

It’s always interesting to hear the composer interprets his own music (like Edgardo Donato plays “El Huracán”), and after listening to “El Compinche”, I really want to listen to Firpo playing “Alma de bohemio” with his orchestra, and I have a high expectation on that. Then the long phrases of running notes of “Fantasma” reminds me Osmar Maderna, though Osmar Maderna played that with his piano, while in “Fantasma”, Firpo played that with the strings.

I would like to get more music of Orquesta Roebrto Firpo, so I did a little research on the internet. There’s only 1 CD with his orchestra available in the market – Reliquias, Tangazos De Anta_s, I think it’s a good one, but I want more. So I decided to go for the latest Todotango mp3 CDs – US$44 with 600 tango mp3s. It’s a great deal for those who don’t have much tango music, for me, I just want the pieces of Orquesta Roberto Firpo in this set. My mp3 CDs are still on the way, so I have to wait a bit. But tomorrow’s milonga, I will definitely play a tanda of Firpo with “El Compinche” and “Fantasma”.

2 Responses to “Roberto Firpo – His Orchestra”

  1. meh Says:

    I love Firpo´ s orchestra!
    But reading this I realize that there seems to be a great them missing in my collection of 82 Tangos of Firpo with Orchestra. I don´t have and I don´t find “El Compinche”! Where is this tango? At least I want to hear it!

  2. Royce Says:

    Hi Meh,

    As I wrote in my post, I got it from TodoTango Collection. Now you won’t get the CD, but you can still get the mp3 from todotango. It’s in Collection “Tango de mi Vida” Pack 1 Vol. 2. (


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