1. Ricardo Malerba - "Sollozos" 1944
2. Ricardo Malerba / Orlando Medina - "Tres amigos" 1944
3. Ricardo Malerba / Orlando Medina - "Mi taza de café" 1943
4. Ricardo Malerba / Orlando Medina - "Embrujamiento" 1943
"[Ricardo Malerba] signed a contract to play on Radio Belgrano, on condition of playing a rhythmical tango in a D'Arienzo-like style. He debuted with his own orchestra on March 1, 1938 and stayed at that radio station for over twenty years.Gradually he was gaining the people's recognition, slower than Juan D'Arienzo's, much liked by dancers and easy listening."
- Néstor Pinsón - TodoTango.com
The very first tanda I posted on Tanda of the Week was from Ricardo Malerba and it featured the classic songs "Gitana rusa", "Ninguna", "La piba de los jazmines" and "Remembranza". Ricardo Malerba recorded 30 songs for Odeon between 1941-1945 and eight more songs in 1956-1957 and out of this small catalogue only a few are available on Spotify.
This tanda tries to make the best of the songs available and starts with one of the few instrumental recordings from Malerba "Sollozos". This song was recorded as a vocal version previously by Osvaldo Fresedo with Roberto Ray. Other instrumentals from Malerba include "Guardia vieja", "Charamusca" as well as the excellent version of the vals "Corazón de artista".
"Tres amigos" starts a bit slow but ends up growing into a good version of the classic better known from Anibal Troilo with Alberto Marino. Most people might also favor the Orquesta Tipica Victor version of "Mi taza de café". The tanda finishes with "Embrujamiento" (sometimes misspelled as "Enbrujamiento"), which is Malerbas own handwriting and has been recorded also by Juan D'Arienzo with Juan Carlos Lamas five months earlier than Malerba.
For more songs from Malerba you can get the "Encuentro con Ricardo Malerba" album from TangoTunes.com. The album has among others a great quality version of the vals "Cuando florezcan las rosas".
The song you really want to look for from Malerba however is the tango "Violín".
Malerba, Ricardo - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - TangoTunes