Ângela Maria was the most popular singer of Brazil in the '50s, and one of the few best of all time in Brazil. This is the CD reissue of two of her albums. Quando Os Maestros Se Encontram was also the name of the show created by Rádio Nacional, the most powerful Brazilian radio that was expropriated in 1940 by the fascist government of Getúlio Vargas for nationalistic propaganda, of which made part the production of musical shows with the best composers, interpreters, and musicians in Brazil. The radio had an enormous number of them at its payroll, and many can be heard here, including Maria herself. The show Quando Os Maestros Se Encontram ("When the Conductors Meet Each Other") was obviously an encounter of conductors, who would write full-score orchestrations for their performances, so in this album the listener can have a grasp of some of the most representative orchestral styles of the Radio Golden Age in Brazil, through Severino Araújo, Lindolpho Gaya, Renato de Oliveira, Leo Peracchi, Lyrio Panicali (most modern arrangements), Gabriel Migliori, Gustavo "Guaraná" de Carvalho, and Sylvio Mazzucca. Obviously, the list of the best conductors/orchestrators misses Pixinguinha, Radamés Gnattali, and others, but it is representative nevertheless. Quando Os Astros Se Encontram, on the other hand, was a show devoted to the singers. Here she is backed by the Waldir Calmon Orchestra, one of the most conservative bands. The total repertory of 28 songs explores some of the best composers of those times, supplying a representative landscape of the radio Era in Brazil.
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AllMusic Review by Alvaro Neder