Cristina Branco Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Back in 1997, the revival of the beautiful Portuguese song form known as fado hadn't begun, and Cristina Branco was an unknown artist on tour in Holland. This live disc, culled from three performances, formed her debut, while showcasing her glittering partnership with Custódio Castelo, a master of the distinctive Portuguese guitar so vital to the real fado sound -- in fact, he kicks off proceedings with the instrumental "Fins do Sol." Wonderful as he is, it's Branco who dominates the proceedings as soon as she appears, with a voice of crystalline purity, capable of rising to an intense ache -- or saudade -- on "Que Fazes Ai Lisboa" or showing a mix of power and tenderness...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Back in 1997, the revival of the beautiful Portuguese song form known as fado hadn't begun, and Cristina Branco was an unknown artist on tour in Holland. This live disc, culled from three performances, formed her debut, while showcasing her glittering partnership with Custódio Castelo, a master of the distinctive Portuguese guitar so vital to the real fado sound -- in fact, he kicks off proceedings with the instrumental "Fins do Sol." Wonderful as he is, it's Branco who dominates the proceedings as soon as she appears, with a voice of crystalline purity, capable of rising to an intense ache -- or saudade -- on "Que Fazes Ai Lisboa" or showing a mix of power and tenderness on "Maria Lisboa." Captured in concert, her ability is immediately evident, a remarkable singer, although still not fully formed, but with an intense, natural feel for the style. Her accompanists frame everything perfectly; even if you don't understand the deep poetry of the fado lyrics, the emotion communicates it beautifully. Castelo, when he has the chance, as on "Sinos de Waibel," is nothing less than stunning; it's easy to imagine the impact these shows must have had on an unsuspecting audience. The tracks here -- which formed Branco's debut album in her homeland -- are finally available globally and are a welcome document of one of new fado's stars in the making.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Label: Arc Music
  • EAN: 5019396235120
  • Catalog Number: 2351
  • Sales rank: 88,687

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:22)
  2. 2 Fins do Sol (1:57)
  3. 3 Vai o bem fugindo (3:27)
  4. 4 Canto e solidão (3:17)
  5. 5 Quisera lavar o pensamento (2:28)
  6. 6 Fado louco (2:26)
  7. 7 Saudades de Júlia Mendes (3:13)
  8. 8 Que fazes aí Lisboa (2:19)
  9. 9 Maria Lisboa (2:42)
  10. 10 Sinos de Waibel (2:35)
  11. 11 Fado das sedes (2:39)
  12. 12 Nevoeiro (2:18)
  13. 13 Espelho quebrado (3:47)
  14. 14 O meu cavalo passeia (1:59)
  15. 15 Verdes são os campos (2:46)
  16. 16 Ausente (3:39)
  17. 17 Povo que lavas no rio (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christina Branco Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jose Afonso Composer
Arlindo DeCarvalho Composer
Jorge Fernando Composer
Custódio Castelo Composer
Mario Goncalves Composer
Cesar Oliveira Composer
Luís Vaz de Camões Composer
Pedro Homem De Mello Composer
Alain Oulman Composer
David Mourão Ferreira Composer
Maria Manuela Cid Composer
Rogério Manuel Tavares Bracinha Composer
Manuel D'andrade Composer
Fado Victória Composer
Maria Duarte Composer
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