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The Art of the Portuguese Fado Guitar

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Custódio Castelo is the world's leading player of the Portuguese guitar, the instrument that helps give the country's fado music its poignant sing. But he's more than a great musician, he's also a remarkable composer, as this album of original work shows. He's accompanied many of the great modern fadistas, but this is primarily an instrumental disc where his talents have real chance to shine (there is one vocal track, "Prece," with Cristina Maria doing the singing honors). His writing evokes places and moods ("Amsterdam" and "Ritos," for instance). Although he's a very evocative player, Castelo rarely flashes his virtuosity. He does make an exception on "Homenagem a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Custódio Castelo is the world's leading player of the Portuguese guitar, the instrument that helps give the country's fado music its poignant sing. But he's more than a great musician, he's also a remarkable composer, as this album of original work shows. He's accompanied many of the great modern fadistas, but this is primarily an instrumental disc where his talents have real chance to shine (there is one vocal track, "Prece," with Cristina Maria doing the singing honors). His writing evokes places and moods ("Amsterdam" and "Ritos," for instance). Although he's a very evocative player, Castelo rarely flashes his virtuosity. He does make an exception on "Homenagem a Paredes," where his opening flourish of notes is jaw-droppingly magnificent. His instrument is capable of fine nuances of emotion, and he uses them well, especially for melancholy, but also for a sense of jubilation. It's a remarkable record, eloquent, sophisticated, and yet ineffably rooted in Portugal, a work from a true master.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2011
  • Label: Arc Music
  • EAN: 5019396231528
  • Catalog Number: 2315
  • Sales rank: 55,953

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tempus (2:45)
  2. 2 Ausente (2:40)
  3. 3 Terra de Pó (3:02)
  4. 4 Amsterdam (3:26)
  5. 5 Quase morna (2:33)
  6. 6 Homenagem a Paredes (7:36)
  7. 7 Maria Lunia (3:16)
  8. 8 Velho Fado de Lisboa (2:29)
  9. 9 Prece (4:50)
  10. 10 Danca Em Tango (3:19)
  11. 11 Martim (4:40)
  12. 12 Converza (6:32)
  13. 13 Sinos de Waibel (3:09)
  14. 14 ARC'Antica (3:20)
  15. 15 Ritos (1:40)
  16. 16 Murmúrios do Silêncio (2:33)
  17. 17 Fado Monte (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Custódio Castelo Primary Artist, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Jorge Fernando Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Ricardo Dias Accordion
Filipe Larsen Fretless Bass Guitar
Carlos Manuel Proença Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Carlos Garcia Guitar
Miguel Carvalhinho Classical Guitar
Marino De Freitas Bass Guitar
Fernando Maia Bass Guitar
Alexandre Silva Guitar
Gilberto Silva Guitar
Cristina Maria Vocals
Carlos Velez Guitar
Technical Credits
Fernando Nunes Engineer, Mastering
Diz Heller Liner Notes, translation
Ute Entwistle translation, Layout
Custódio Castelo Composer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Jeannine Blanpain translation
Alex Croft Cover Design
Eduardo De Sousa Engineer
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