Orquesta típica Victor (OTV)

The Orquesta Típica Victor, also known as OTV, was a label orchestra created in 1925 by the recording company Victor for promotional purpose. It was composed of a selection musicians and signers who were affiliated to the company through other orchestras.

Unlike regular orquestas típicas, the members of OTV were not fixed or predetermined. Each recording sessions brought together a different selection of artists which is often impossible to identify on specific recordings. However the orchestra maintained a remarquably consistent sound for over 20 years.

The cohesion of the orchestra was ensured by a director, first of which was Adolfo Carabelli (1925-1936) followed by Federico Scorticati (1936-1943) and Mario Maurano (1943-1944).

Some of the best tango musicians known to this day have performed for OTV including Pedro Laurenz, Elvino Vardaro and Anibal Troilo. Signers who recorded with OTV include Roberto Diaz, Juan Carlos Delson, Ernesto Fama, Jaimes Moreno and Carlos Lafuente. [2]

The Orquesta Típica Victor only performed in studio and was never been seen in public. It left over 444 recordings, many of which are still very much appreciated today for their quality and excellence of interpretation.

The Orquesta Típica Victor is only one of many orchestras assembled by the label Victor to promote their products. The others are La Orquesta Victor Popular, La Orquesta Típica los Provincianos, La Orquesta Radio Victor Argentina, La Orquesta Argentina Victor, La Orquesta Victor Internacional, el Cuarteto Victor and the Trio Victor.

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[1] Pinson, Nestor. “Orquesta Tipica Victor”. Todotango. Web. Sept 2016.

[2] El tango: Un siglo de Historia. Buenos Aires: Editorial Perfil, 1992. Print.

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