Orquesta Típica Alfredo De Angelis
fter having played in several aggregations the bandoneon player Daniel Alvarez (aka Sardina) suggested Alfredo De Angelis putting together an orchestra that they both would lead. So in February 1936 the Orquesta Típica Álvarez-De Angelis was born and it was on the stage of the Café Germinal for over a year. Later they started a tour of the interior of the country and, when it was over, they split.
Then De Angelis, as pianist, joined the Orquesta Los Mendocinos led by Francisco Lauro but soon later different circumstances, among them, the lack of job, led the pianist to accept the manager’s offer that he would be the new leader. This was the origin of his first orchestra, with the same members and that he, since then and forever, conducted seated at the piano. This orchestra had the special feature, unlike so many others, that throughout its career had very few changes of personnel.
1941. Debut at the Cabaret Marabú. Carlos Cubría, Eduardo Talián, Guillermo Vilar and Alfredo Dafuncio (bandoneons); Wenceslao Cinosi, Ángel Vilar, Hamlet Cicero and Hipólito Caron (violins); Hugo Besnatti (double bass). Singer: Héctor Morea who did not succeed in recording.
1942/1955. Carlos Cubría, Eduardo Talián, Guillermo Vilar, Alfredo Dafuncio and Jorge Musante (bandoneons); Wenceslao Cinosi, Ángel Vilar, Hamlet Cicero and Hipólito Caron, sometimes Ángel Bodas (violins); Hugo Besnatti (double bass). Singer: Héctor Morea, replaced in 1943 by Floreal Ruiz and Julio Martel, reciter: Néstor Rodi until the mid- 1943. In 1944: the vocalists Martel and Carlos Dante. In 1951: Dante and Oscar Larroca.
1956/1961. Juan Miguel Rodríguez (aka Toto), Carlos Cubría, Américo Pinelli, Guillermo Vilar and Alfredo Dafuncio (bandoneons); Víctor Braña, Wenceslao Cinosi, Hipólito Caron and Ángel Vilar (violins); Hugo Besnatti (double bass). Singers: Dante and Oscar Larroca. In 1958: Larroca and Juan Carlos Godoy. Later, Godoy and Roberto Florio. In 1959, Godoy and Lalo Martel.
1962/67. Luis Stazo, Carlos Cubría, Américo Pinelli and Guillermo Vilar (bandoneons); Wenceslao Cinosi, Ángel Vilar, Hipólito Caron, Germán Ojeda and Hamlet Cicero (violins); Hugo Besnatti (double bass). Singers: Godoy and Lalo Martel; in 1963, Godoy and Roberto Mancini; and in the mid- 1964, Carlos Aguirre and Alberto Cuello.
1968/1976. Osvaldo Rizzo (aka Pichuquito), Alfredo Dafuncio, Carlos Cubría and Américo Pinelli (bandoneons); Wenceslao Cinosi, Simón Broitman, Ángel Vilar and Germán Ojeda (violins); Hugo Besnatti (double bass). Singers: Carlos Aguirre and Alberto Cuello. After June 1969, Aguirre and Julián Rosales.
1977/1979. Carlos Cubría, Américo Pinelli, Julio Pizzorni and Benigno Noval (bandoneons); Wenceslao Cinosi, Ángel Vilar, Simón Broitman —later replaced by Eugenio Nápoli— and Germán Ojeda (violins); Hugo Besnatti (double bass). Singers: Rubén Améndola and Gigí De Angelis.
In January 1977 he quit the Odeon label and recorded for Microfón the LP De Angelis en el 80 with ten numbers. The personnel was: the leader (piano); Ángel Di Giovanni, Nicolás Paracino, Oscar Barrios and Héctor Silva (bandoneons); Eduardo Massara, Rodolfo Defino, Miguel Taboada and Luis Paz (violins); Mario Montagna (double bass); Gigí De Angelis (Farfisa electric organ). Singers: Carlos Boledi and Gigí De Angelis.
In 1982, to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary with tango, he cut a new disc with ten numbers for Columbia. There were several guest singers: Jorge Guillermo, Marcelo Biondini, Rubén Linares, Ricardo Chiqui Pereyra, Hernán Salinas and his daughter Gigí. The latter also played several pieces teaming up with her father as a piano duo.
In 1985 another record with ten tracks was released by Columbia. The singers were: Gigí, Rubén Linares and Marcelo Biondini.
In the latter years, for some appearances, he summoned several players, among them: Jorge Ricciardi, Santos Maggi, Oscar Barrios, Pedro Mayo and José Zeni (bandoneons); Oscar Suárez (violin); Mario Montagna (double bass). And as vocalists, besides his daughter Gigí and Rubén Linares, also Eduardo Fratta, his last vocalist.