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Art of Amalia [Blue Note]

  • 1. Nem as Paredes Confesso - (Portuguese)
    2. Maldicao - (Portuguese)
    3. Fado Portugus - (Portuguese)
    4. Al Mouraria - (Portuguese)
    5. Vou Dar de Beber a Dor - (Portuguese)
    6. Barco Negro - (Portuguese)
    7. Gaivota - (Portuguese)
    8. Povo Que Lavas No Rio - (Portuguese)
    9. Estranha Froma de Vida - (Portuguese)
    10. H Festa Na Mouraria
    11. Uma Casa Portuguesa - (Portuguese)
    12. Lisboa Antiga - (Portuguese)
    13. Coimbra - (Portuguese)
    14. Maria Lisboa - (Portuguese)
    15. Havemos de Ir a Viana - (Portuguese)
    16. Primavera - (Portuguese)
    17. Com Que Voz - (Portuguese)
    18. Foi Deus - (Portuguese)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 95771

  • Credits
    EngineerHugo Ribeiro

    Liner Note Authors: Jorge Mourinha; David Ferreira.
    Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (1952-1970); Estudios Valentim de Carvalho, Paco d'Arcos, Portugal (1952-1970).
    Photographer: Augusto Cabrita.
    Portugal's most beloved performer, Amalia Rodrigues is celebrated as the leading light of the spare, melancholy musical style known as fado. Both a film actress and a musical icon, Rodrigues garnered attention with both her striking beauty and her deeply expressive voice. Starting out as a singer in Lisbon, Rodrigues moved on to the nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which led to her success as an international star.
    This impressive 18-track disc compiles many of Rodrigues's finest recordings, with most tracks dating from her heyday in the 1950s and '60s. Highlights of THE ART OF AMALIA RODRIGUES include the lilting, mournful classics "Nem As Paredes Confesso," "Lisboa Antigua," "Coimbra," and "Foi Deus," all of which feature beautifully minimal string backing and, of course, Rodrigues's plaintive and highly nuanced vocals. Hailed as the Queen of Fado and frequently cited as one of the best female singers in any genre, Rodrigues is well represented by this concise and carefully selected collection, which serves as an ideal introduction to her captivating and emotionally resonant music.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (12/99-1/00, pp.67-70) - "...a fine collection....the sense of 'saudade' (a melancholy longing that's an essential part of the Portuguese self-image) is overwhelming..."
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