by Custódio Castelo
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Arc Music
UPC: 5019396241626
catalogNumber: 2416
Rank: 190503

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
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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Inventus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
OscarOVeterano1 More than 1 year ago
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