Notes and Editorial Reviews
Tango Fado Project is a delectable mixture of these two popular musical genres of Argentina and Portugal. The eminently flexible chamber group Manhattan Camerata (19 members strong, comprised of clarinet, strings, and percussion) combines here with some world-class talents. Their music director, Pedro H. da Silva, in addition to being a deft hand at composing, arranging, and conducting, is a spirited performer on the Portuguese guitar, an instrument that sounds somewhat like a blend of the Baroque guitar and the mandolin. Artistic director Lucia Caruso, also a composer and conductor, creates soulful piano solos. Daniel Binelli is a bandoneón player par excellence; this album owes much to his arrangements and performing skills. Polly
Ferman is a stylish pianist. Lastly, the fado singer Nathalie Pires is a major presence here, performing vocals with elegance and passion. It is a shame no texts or translations are provided.
Mais Importante Que Amar presents the vocalist’s resilience, both emotionally and technically. April in Portugal receives a beautiful arrangement both by and featuring Binelli. Minha Lisboa Querida gives Pires the chance to show off her brilliant top notes. 1=3=7 adds Moorish and Jewish elements to the tango-fado mix. Amor é Fogo finds Pires in a reflective mood. A classic tango ambience suffuses Viejo Buenos Aires, with Binelli contributing local color. Pires’s stylistic flexibility comes to the fore in Cansaço, where what begins as a fado becomes a tango. Tanguito Cordobés is a kind of Argentine version of a Bachiana Brasileras by Villa-Lobos. The kitchen-sink philosophy for Latin rhythms is espoused in Non-Absolutist Universal Anthem, with a climax that’s a bit like sensory overload. The album concludes with its longest work, Astor Piazzolla’s Suite Troileana, an homage to the bandoneón player, Anibal Troilo. Arranged by Binelli, it is a nearly symphonic composition.
The CD’s sound engineering is excellent. The artistic substance here is so great that I think much more music can be created along these lines. This is music of emotional seriousness and technical sophistication. It is deeply enriching.
– Fanfare (Dave Saemann) Read less
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