Art of the Portuguese Fado Guitar

Art of the Portuguese Fado Guitar

by Custódio Castelo
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
01/25/2011
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
5019396231528
catalogNumber:
2315
Rank:
63958

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Custódio Castelo   Primary Artist,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Jorge Fernando   Acoustic Guitar
Ricardo Dias   Accordion
Filipe Larsen   Fretless Bass Guitar
Carlos Manuel Proença   Acoustic 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
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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