Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands (ARC Music EUCD2351, 2011)
Cristina Branco is one of the leading figures in the new generation of fado performers that appeared in the 1990s. Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands was her first album and until now it’s been very hard to find. ARC Music has now made it available for international audiences.
With Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands you’ll be able to experience the live debut of this passionate singer who has taken fado worldwide. The songs featured in the album were composed by some of the top fado songwriters, including Custódio Castelo, Luís Vaz de Camões, Maria Manuel Cid, Manuel D’Andrade, César Oliveira, Rogério Bracinha, Mário Gonçalves, Arlindo de Carvalho, David Mourão Ferreira, Alain Oulman, Maria Duarte, and Pedro Homem de Mello.
Branco’s regular accompanist is guitarist Custódio Castelo. “Custódio Castelo composes the melodies to my voice,” says Cristina Branco in the liner notes. “There is a special interaction between us. We bring a slightly different ‘touch’ to the genre. In general you can say that our melody lines are slightly more flexible than in traditional fado.”
Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands is an essential album in any modern fado collection.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.