Mariza: Concerto Em Lisboa
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There have been negative reviews about the compatability of this CD with some MP3 players - which sadly looks like a poor review for the performance... PLEASE, if you are a Fado fanatic or just a beginner - you need this CD! The DVD is also wonderful!
The added bonus documentary film DVD is a real treat, not only for the glimpses of Mariza and other contemporary fado stars, but for its look back at the roots of the genre and its meaning to Portuguese society. Particularly interesting is its examination of fado's political and social significance -- originally the fado was type of left-wing protest song, but it was subverted in the 1930s by the dictatorship that ruled Portugal until the mid-1970s. The junta made fado music into a propaganda tool, emphasizing romantic love and family values, to the exclusion of older themes about hard work and hard times. After the dictatorship toppled, fado fell into disrepute, but regained popularity in the 1980s and '90s when a new generation cast about for a way to guard Portuguese culture from the encroachments of globalized (American) popular entertainment. A fascinating story, laced with many soulful performances.
The 2 disc version does NOT have a DVD of the concert, but a CD of it plus a feature with Mariza on Lisbon and Fado.
If you order the one disc, you will get her live performance on DVD.
Mariza's voice.......and spirit.......is too strong to be confined. This leads to accusations that she isn't true to the genre, is affected etc.
But she could be the greatest world music performer currently. She plays everywhere; Los Angeles, Bangkok etc.
Her exotic looks make her look like a beautiful female version of Nosferatu. But she exudes nothing but life and ESPRIT, Joie de Vive, etc.
Her father is European, her mother a mulatto from Mozambique.
In all three of her DVDs she performs the most famous Fado song, also sung by the equally great Amalia Rodriguez, in the third chapter complete with her dancing.
She looks more radiant and beautiful in this performance than in her others.
The three Portuguese guitarists are divine and sublime.
The conductor of a full orchestra on some of the cuts is a cellist who solos on one song.
She is backed on some songs by a full
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My first fado CD but not my last. Beautiful music and singing and the bonus CD really is a nice way to understand the importance of fado in Portuguese culture.Published 5 months ago by Paul B
If you're a fan of Fado or not, this is a beautifully done DVD and well worth viewing AND listening to.Published 6 months ago by Joe
The final track on this album, o gente da minha terra, makes me cry. How often can you say that? Remarkable performance and we're lucky someone was there to record it.Published 13 months ago by sgansyggans
If you have never heard Fado, I think this is the place to start. It will capture your heart and mind. Mariza and her musicians are wonderful. Read morePublished 14 months ago by paul richter
I found this to be a concert of excellent soulful music.Her huge rich voice gives great expression and emotion. Highly recommended.Published 18 months ago by Anthony Macleod-Joel