Saturday, November 07, 2009

Amália Rodrigues, Fados e Guitarradas au Portugal, Accord

This is a pristine format in which to hear Amália da Piedade Rodrigues sing fado, her voice with only a set of Portuguese and classical guitars, save for a couple of random tracks backed by an orchestra. From a French label and not dated, but she sounds young here. A Minha Cancoa e Saudade isn't the only place where she will tear your heart out.

Bonus: some guitarra-only tracks featuring big hitters like Jaime Santos on Serenata a Lisboa. Django would no doubt be down with it.

The voice rules, however, dominating even the orchestrated tracks like Ai, Mouraria.

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