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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Custódio Castelo has made his name as the go-to guy for Portuguese guitar, that gorgeously lyrical and emotive instrument that's as much at the heart of fado as the voice. He can make the instrument sing, cry, do virtually anything, and he does on the compositions on this solo album. Although several of the pieces celebrate the style with which he's linked, many move far beyond that, such as "The Takeoff" and the sweet, sprightly joy of "Onafrodite." But the centerpiece is the lengthy suite of "O Encantador de Tristezas," in three different movements that span a wealth of emotions and showcase Castelo's easy power on the guitar. Sadly, those accompanying him all go ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Custódio Castelo has made his name as the go-to guy for Portuguese guitar, that gorgeously lyrical and emotive instrument that's as much at the heart of fado as the voice. He can make the instrument sing, cry, do virtually anything, and he does on the compositions on this solo album. Although several of the pieces celebrate the style with which he's linked, many move far beyond that, such as "The Takeoff" and the sweet, sprightly joy of "Onafrodite." But the centerpiece is the lengthy suite of "O Encantador de Tristezas," in three different movements that span a wealth of emotions and showcase Castelo's easy power on the guitar. Sadly, those accompanying him all go unnamed, but they do a sterling job as his equals, not merely in the background, with the clarinetist a standout. It's a disc that bursts with both melody and invention, where one joy succeeds another.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Label: Arc Music
  • EAN: 5019396241626
  • Catalog Number: 2416
  • Sales rank: 265,207

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Custódio Castelo Primary Artist, Guitar
Richard Galliano Accordion
Jorge Fernando Classical Guitar
José Manuel Neto Guitar
Miguel Carvalhinho 10-string Guitar
Joel Pina Bass Guitar
Carlos Garcia Classical Guitar
Alexandre Silva Classical Guitar
José Elmiro Nunes Classical Guitar
Pedro Ladeira Clarinet, Flute
Ianina Khmelik Violin
Vaiss Dias Cavaquinho, Classical Guitar
Technical Credits
Fernando Nunes Programming, Producer
Diz Heller Mastering
Custódio Castelo Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Sarah Ash Graphic Design, Layout
Rosalina Da Silva Concept
Nuno Lopez Liner Notes
Luz Jordão Graphic Design
João Carlos Cover Photo
Federico Valério Composer
Carlos Bartilotti Management, Booking
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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    Custodio Castelo ¿ IN VENTUS ¿ ARC Music The Portuguese guitar

    Custodio Castelo – IN VENTUS – ARC Music

    The Portuguese guitar is a pear-shaped instrument (roughly like a large mandocello or an Irish bouzouki) with 12 strings; its sound is unique, combining guitar and mandolin with elements of zither, lute and hammered dulcimer.
    Commonly used to accompany singers of the Fado tradition (an indigenous urban Portuguese song form, comparable to French chanson), its acknowledged master is the great virtuoso, Custodio Castelo.
    This recording features a dozen of Mr. Castelo’s original instrumental compositions accompanied by a variety of other instruments, ranging from the traditional cavaquinho (a 4 course predecessor of the ukulele) to programmed drum machines and often sharing the spotlight with the violin, clarinet, accordion and bowed upright bass. The band sounds like a jam session among virtuosi, with swelling dynamics and tempi that make the music feel continually surprising and spontaneous.
    The music itself shows Latin and Moorish influences and frequently mixes traditional sounding elements and modern grooves (provided by drum machines and funk bass) within the same composition.
    The result is never less than intriguing, moving from dream-like to danceable, with a unique beauty that’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard before.
    Guitar players and fans of world music should consider this a must-have record; anyone else interested in something new and different should think seriously about giving “In Ventus” by Custodio Castelo a listen. Beautiful music, well recorded and lovingly performed by experts, this is a recording that’s extremely hard to stop listening to.


    Highest possible recommendation – 10 out of 10 – O.O. Veterano





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