Fado, a portrait of Lisbon is an album that portrays the typical neighbourhoods of the old Lisbon in its most genuine musical genre - fado. A journey of sound through Lisbon’s typical neighbourhoods extended until the edge of Tagus River.
Who said that fado is sad? This anthology addresses the more popular side of fado in a cheerful and faster rhythm that lead us to the imaginary of Santos Populares – the festive season of Lisbon traditionally perfumed by basil where one can taste the typical grilled sardines.
20 songs interpreted by many of the great fado singers of the twentieth century accompanied with singular mastery by the Portuguese guitar and fado
guitar. This is a Lisbon’s soundtrack featuring some live recordings made in the typical fado houses during the 50’s and 60’s, including fados corridos
(traditional fados in a faster rhythm), marchas (Lisbon’s typical, festive and popular songs) and other Lisbon’s songs, in desgarradas (sang at two or more voices) or just in one single voice.
FADO, A PORTRAIT OF LISBON
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe with more than 3000 years since its foundation; it is located at the mouth of the Tagus River - the largest of the Iberian Peninsula.
Since the early days the Portuguese capital has been a strategic and privileged point for trade and replenishment of ships between the North Sea and the Mediterranean, being as well the nearest continental European port to America. The geographical context of the seven hills city along the centuries aloud as well the cultural exchange among people from all over.
The typical neighbourhoods are an important historical heritage of the city, located in the hills of Lisbon with a stunning view over the Tagus River are of great interest for the millions of tourists who pays it a visit every year.
It was about 200 years ago in the old quarters of Alfama, Bairro Alto, Mouraria and Madragoa that fado was born and developed as port music within the humbler social classes of these neighbourhoods.
In the mid-nineteenth century fado expands to the entire Portuguese territory and become the most typical Portuguese song.
In the twentieth century fado continues to evolve, in the late 20 's male and female fado singers become professional and the fadista figure born, with
the fadistas (fado singers) appears the typical fado houses that in its majority are still today located in the oldest Lisbon’s neighbourhoods. The typical fado houses promoted cultural interaction, among other arts. It was in these houses that many of the great fado singers of the twentieth century made their debut and become major artists.
In the mid - '30s it has been formed several fado groups whose comprised big names of the time being. These groups have made extensive tours throughout the whole country and also began to perform regularly abroad.
In the 1950s and 1960s fado got definitely internationalized with Amália Rodrigues who debuted professionally in the typical fado house O Retiro da
Severa in 1939. Amália took fado worldwide and opened doors for all the fado singers that followed.
Carlos Ramos - Sempre que Lisboa canta
Hermínia Silva - Fado da Senhora da Saúde
Amália Rodrigues - Madrugada
Alfredo Marceneiro e Fernanda Maria - Bairros de Lisboa
Valentina Félix - Barcos do Tejo
Maria José da Guia - Uma casa portuguesa
Celeste Rodrigues - O fado mora em Lisboa
Maria Teresa de Noronha - Recordação
Tristão da Silva - Lisboa no Outono
Natércia da Conceição - Lisboa à noite
Maria da Fé, Lina Maria Alves, Alberto Costa, Mariana Silva, Celeste Rodrigues e Argentina Santos - Desgarrada
Isabel de Oliveira - Zé Maria
José Moreira - Ai Lisboa Lisboa
Fernanda Maria - Coisas de Lisboa
Berta Cardoso - Tia Macheta
César Morgado - Fado das Queixas
Argentina Santos - Passeio fadista
Lina Maria Alves - Tempos de ontem
Adelina Ferreira - Lisboa Antiga
Carlos Ramos - Lisboa é sempre Lisboa
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