Our Moments

Our Moments

by Gal Costa


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Our Moments

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2007
Label: Drg
UPC: 0021471161724
catalogNumber: 31617

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
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
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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