Silvio Caldas

Sílvio Caldas

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Sílvio Caldas was one of the best singers in the period known as the golden age of song in Brazil, the decades of 1930 and 1940, together with Francisco Alves, Orlando Silva, and Carlos Galhardo. A proponent of the style known as "seresta," a gentle, romantic way of singing (entirely dependent of potent vocal qualities deeply influenced by Bel Canto), structurally (both harmonic and instrumental wise) the style is very simple, as evidenced by his own unpretentious violão playing, he displays this style on a couple of tracks on this album. It didn't discourage the passionate applause in the live recorded tracks. But there're also mid-tempo sambas, in which he is joined by a jumpy regional (the traditional choro backing group, with seven-string guitar, flute, cavaquinho, and violão) fattened with a trombone and female chorus. His biggest hits "Serenata" and "Chão de estrelas," both composed together with "Orestes Barbosa," are present here, but all tracks were hits in his voice. As his albums are mostly out of print, this compilation is welcomed. As part of the Mestres da MPB series, it benefits from the series' passable booklet, with a biographical introduction and all lyrics.

Track Listing - Disc 1

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