Quando Fala o Coração

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Quando Fala o Coração was a hit TV series by Brazil's biggest network, Rede Globo, about the life of Maysa, one of the greatest of the samba-canção and bossa nova singers, as well as a popular soap opera actress. Maysa's legendary existence was often as melodramatic as the typical subject matter of her songs, culminating in her tragic death at 40 in 1977. The TV series effectively doubled as a portrait of life in Brazil in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, and was soon released as a three-DVD set, accompanied by this double-CD compilation, which contains many of Maysa's best-known songs, as featured in the series. It includes several of Maysa's own compositions (a rarity for a female singer of her generation), as well as staples by all the classic Brazilian composers of the period such as Tom Jobim, Dolores Durán, Marcos Valle, Carlos Lyra, and Roberto Menescal. Maysa's high international profile is reflected in her versions of Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, and Cole Porter songs, not to mention bolero standards such as "Bésame Mucho" and "Quizás, Quizás." This career-spanning collection is as good as an introduction to the Brazilian-style queen of the torch song as any, perfect for those who want to dig a little deeper than any of the countless single-disc compilations, but who may find the four-CD box set Simplesmente Maysa to be excessive.

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