Best of Fado: Tribute to Amalia Rodrigues (ARC Music)
This is a compilation of the most beautiful songs of Amália Rodrigues, known as the “Rainha do Fado” (Queen of Fado). The tracks of this melancholic soulful Portuguese genre are sung by Matilde Larguinho, accompanied by António Carvalho (guitarra portuguesa – Portuguese lute) and Alfrêdo Pena (viola – guitar).
The booklet includes the original Portuguese lyrics and descriptions of the songs in English. Of the 14 tracks, our picks include the lilting O Meu Primeiro Amor and Carmencita.
The album ends in fine style with Uma Casa Portuguesa and Maria da Cruz. In sum, a good introduction to fado with contemporary interpretations.
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