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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This strikingly lovely album was originally recorded in 2003, when the great Brazilian singer Gal Costa was preparing for a gala outdoor concert that was expected to take place in Rio de Janeiro; unfortunately, the funding fell through and the concert never took place. What emerged from the ashes of that disappointment was this studio album, on which Costa looks back on the music of her childhood in the 1940s and '50s -- Brazilian music that predates the bossa nova era. These are songs written by artists who are legends in Brazil but are far less famous outside of their native land: Dorival Caymmi, Evaldo Gouveia, Dolores Duran, and others. Wisely, Costa and her arrangers...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This strikingly lovely album was originally recorded in 2003, when the great Brazilian singer Gal Costa was preparing for a gala outdoor concert that was expected to take place in Rio de Janeiro; unfortunately, the funding fell through and the concert never took place. What emerged from the ashes of that disappointment was this studio album, on which Costa looks back on the music of her childhood in the 1940s and '50s -- Brazilian music that predates the bossa nova era. These are songs written by artists who are legends in Brazil but are far less famous outside of their native land: Dorival Caymmi, Evaldo Gouveia, Dolores Duran, and others. Wisely, Costa and her arrangers refrained from trying to replicate the exact sounds of the older recordings, and instead have created modern but respectful new arrangements that prominently feature strings as well as electric instruments, accordion, and winds. Costa was approaching her seventh decade as she made these recordings, but she sings with the voice of someone less than half her age -- her pitch is secure, and her voice is alternately clear and ringing and smoky and sultry depending on the needs of the song. Particular highlights include an especially lovely arrangement of "Kalu," a baião written by Humberto Teixeira, and an Ary Barroso samba titled "Pra Machucar Meu Coração," but everything on this album is of the highest quality. Very highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471161724
  • Catalog Number: 31617
  • Sales rank: 160,519

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gal Costa Primary Artist
Alceu Maia Cavaquinho
Marcos Suzano Percussion, Strings
Jurim Moreira Drums
Jorge Helder Acoustic Bass
Jesuina Noronha Passaroto Viola
Michel Bessler Violin
Paschoal Perrota Violin
Bernardo Bessler Violin
Walter Hack Violin
Antonella Pareschi Violin
Zé Canuto Soprano Saxophone
Ricardo Amado Violin
Julinho Teixeira Accordion
Technical Credits
Dorival Caymmi Composer
Oscar Castro-Neves Composer
Hugh Fordin Producer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Noel Rosa Composer
Ary Barroso Composer
Nelson Cavaquinho Composer
Mariozinho Rocha Producer
Marcus Adriano Engineer
Ronaldo Lima Engineer
Herivelto Martins Composer
Alberto Ribeiro Composer
Lupicínio Rodrigues Composer
Jair Amorim Composer
Guilherme DeBrito Composer
Dolores Durán Composer
Henrique Vogeler Composer
Ricardo Garcia Mastering
Evaldo Gouveia Composer
Miguel Gustavo Composer
Silvie Leblanc Clothing Design
Beto Coutinho Producer, Executive Producer
Liber Gadelha Art Direction
Wilma Petrillo Production Director
Marques Porto Composer
Carlos Guinle Composer
Julinho Teixeira Arranger
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