Last weekend, we were DJ-ing at Maramount, a wonderful tango marathon in the Swiss mountains. We would take over from DJ Jens-Ingo and we had a chat about some special things we wanted to play. Jens-Ingo told me he was going to play Di Sarli’s “Cosas olvidadas”. He had noted that it sounds incorrect, especially the singing. He retuned it with reduced speed and pitch, which sounded much better. I checked my to-do list of most off-tune tangos, and indeed, this tango was there, among hundreds of other suspects.
The original score (see below) is in G minor/major. Two flats indicate that the key is either B♭ major or G minor. The notes and chords show that the first part is in G minor and the second in G major (see wiki page flats/sharps & keys).
I found seven versions published on CDs, all of them too fast, with some differences:
- Two versions just below the middle between G and A♭ (G +44)
CDs: Natucci and Club Tango Argentino
- Three versions with a tuning just above the middle between G and A♭ (A♭ -42 cents)
CDs: Sus Primeros Éxitos Vol. 1 BMG; Grandes éxitos Con Roberto Rufino; Grandes del Tango 12+1 Di Sarli CD 2 – Lantower
- Two versions closer to A♭ (A♭ -26 cents), the fastest/highest versions.
CDs: El señor del tango (El bandoneón) and “Duelo Criollo”, both produced by Magenta.
Listen to this fastest version and a retuned copy:
Not only the voice, also the violins and the overall articulation and sounds much better.
The two versions with a better tuning are also the ones with better sound quality: Natucci and Club Tango Argentino.
But they are still much too fast and should be 2.53% slower.
Download here my completely retuned Di Sarli – Cosas olvidadas.