Amália Rodrigues

Art of Amalia [Blue Note]

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Portugal's most beloved performer, Amalia Rodrigues is celebrated as the leading light of the spare, melancholy musical style known as fado. Both a film actress and a musical icon, Rodrigues garnered attention with both her striking beauty and her deeply expressive voice. Starting out as a singer in Lisbon, Rodrigues moved on to the nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which led to her success as an international star.

This impressive 18-track disc compiles many of Rodrigues's finest recordings, with most tracks dating from her heyday in the 1950s and '60s. Highlights of THE ART OF AMALIA RODRIGUES include the lilting, mournful classics "Nem As Paredes Confesso," "Lisboa Antigua," "Coimbra," and "Foi Deus," all of which feature beautifully minimal string backing and, of course, Rodrigues's plaintive and highly nuanced vocals. Hailed as the Queen of Fado and frequently cited as one of the best female singers in any genre, Rodrigues is well represented by this concise and carefully selected collection, which serves as an ideal introduction to her captivating and emotionally resonant music.

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