In 1994, Caetano Veloso released the Cd Fina estampa, singing boleros. The huge success of that album conduced him to conceive the live show, where this album was recorded. Fans of Caetano will welcome his wonderfully sensitive and energetic interpretations for Brazilian and Latin classics, after roughly one decade and a half dealing with mostly commercial albums. In magnificent acoustic orchestral arrangements where there is room for minimalistic performances, accompanied by a single pandeiro or violão and even alla capella, he covers sambas, boleros, valses, march, bossa nova and samba de gafieira. Deserve mention, among other superb renditions, his "Haiti," the beautiful sambas (performed as bossa) "Canção de amor" (Chocolate/Elano de Paula) and "Suas mãos" (Pernambuco/Antônio Maria), the valse "Lábios que beijei" (Álvaro Nunes/Leonel Azevedo), the samba "Você esteve com meu bem?" (João Gilberto/Antônio C. Martins) interpreted in the gafieira style, the fundamental bolero "La barca" in a sensitive violão rendition, the vanguardist "O pulsar" (written together with the concrete poet Augusto de Campos), and the tropicalist "Soy loco por ti, America" (Gilberto Gil/Capinam).
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AllMusic Review by Alvaro Neder