Coliseu (World Village 460183, 2011)
Ana Moura is one of the leading figures in the current fado scene. For those of us who have not had the opportunity to see her live, Coliseu provides the opportunity to listen to some of her finest moments on stage. The 15 track albums includes live performances at two of Portugal’s legendary venues, the Coliseu do Porto and Lisbon’s Coliseu dos Recreios.
The concerts were recorded in June 2008 and her performances became a sensation. Universal Music Portugal released a DVD of the concerts and now the music album is available in North America through World village.
Ana Moura plays an intimate form of fado, without the lavish arrangements that other performers use. She is accompanied by the fabulous guitar melodies of virtuoso musician José Manuel Neto, the acoustic guitar of José Elmiro Nunes, and the acoustic bass of Filipe Larsen.
Ana Moura was bom in Santarem, the bustling capital of the Ribatejo province in the center of Portugal’s heartland on the Tagus River northeast of Lisbon. The city of half a million inhabitants is also one of Portugal’s most historic cities-an ideal place to develop an appreciation for fado. “I’ve been singing fado since I was little, because grew up listening to it at home,” she recalls of her early home life.
Coliseu is a most deeply satisfying and passionate fado album by one of the finest performers in the current fado scene.
Buy the album:
- In North America: Coliseu . Other recordings available: Leva-me aos fados, Aconteceu, Para Alem da Saudade, Guarda-Me a Vida Na Mao: Keep My Life in Your Hand
- In Europe: Coliseu. Other recordings available: Leva-Me Aos Fados, Guarda-Me a Vida Na Mao, Para Alem Da Saudade, Aconteceu
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.