Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Oct 14th 2012 4.00pm–6.00pm
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico “Alta es la luna” from Anoixi sti Saloniki (Lyra www.lyra.com 1995) —this is Sephardic Jewish music from Greece. After the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 many settled in what was then the Ottoman Empire, particularly Thessaloniki (the "Salonica" of the band's name), Istanbul, and Izmir (Smyrna).Buy it!
Elena Ledda “Filugnana” from Sardegna - Antologia della Musica Sarda [Disc 2] (Recording Arts 2003) —Elena Ledda comes from Sardinia and, even these pop-oriented pieces, keeps the pungent harmonies and odd 3-measure phrasing of Sardina in the basic structure. She uses the same bell-like tone that is prized by singers across the northwest Mediterranean aBuy it!
Elena Ledda “Procurade” from Tutti Baci (Lyra www.lyra.com 2006) —this is a Sardinian dance tune in the usual 6-beat form. It starts out traditional, then adds instruments and, finally the voice. These are circle and couple dances. Look up "Sardinia" on YouTube and look at the non-stageed dancing by young folks - wilBuy it!
Mighela Cesari “U Viaghju (Le Voyage)” from Di Li Venti, A Rosula (Compass Rose), Mighela Cesari canta Mighele Raffaelli (Chorus/Auvidis 1997) —also off the western coast of Italy, but north of Sardinia, lies Corsica, which has historically been tied to France, but has a more Italian dialect. Known for its polyphonic vaocal singing (see the next track) it also is home to great solo singersBuy it!
Mighela Cesari “Dimmi (Dis-moi)” from Di Li Venti, A Rosula (Compass Rose), Mighela Cesari canta Mighele Raffaelli (Chorus/Auvidis 1997)Buy it!
Mighela Cesari “Quistioni ((Questions)” from Di Li Venti, A Rosula (Compass Rose), Mighela Cesari canta Mighele Raffaelli (Chorus/Auvidis 1997)Buy it!
Maria del Mar Bonet “Jota marinera” from Saba de Terrer (Ariola-Eurodisc (LP) 1981) —This is now available in digital download from several sites (legal). This singer was born on the island of Mallorca and does most of her work in Barcelona now. She usually sings in Catalán, not SpanishBuy it!
Amalia Rodrigues “Cana Verde Do Mar” from Folclore À Guitarra E À Viola (EMI 1988) —This is not "Fado", but a folk dance-song. The singer is the most famous Fado singer of all time, but she occasionally would record Portuguese folk songs.Buy it!
Amalia Rodrigues “Sem Razão” from Queens Of Fado (ARC www.arcmusic.co.uk 2000) —This is classic Fado - sad even when in the major key, one singer accompanied by the Guitarra Portuguesa and "viola" (what we would call a Spanish guitar.Buy it!
Mariza “O Silencio Da Guitarra” from Fado Curvo (Times Square 2003) —one of the best of the new Fado singers, she experiments with influences from other nightclub styles.. She gave a concert here in St. Louis a few years ago. The encore was completely traditional and unmiked. I would give anything for a recording of it.Buy it!
Cristina Branco “Murmurios” from Murmúrios (l'empreinte digitale 1999) —this is one of the first recordings of this remarkable artist. She originally watned to be a pop singer and grew up, she says, thinking of Fado as an old-fashioned style not suited to her temperament, but a friend brought her records, she fell in love wiBuy it!
Luís Penedo (guitarra portuguesa) & João Machado (viola) “Fado em Lá Menor” from Emoções 1 ((private label) 2003) —during any Fado evening, the Guitarra player will have a solo or 2 in the style, just as there are instrumental Doinas in RomaniaBuy it!
Pedro Caldeira Cabral “Variacoes Sobre o Fado Lopes” from Portugal- Variações - Guitarra Portuguesa (Network www.networkmedien.de 1992) —here the guitarra player has taken a well-known Fado tune and built instrumental variations on itBuy it!
Carlos Paredes “António Marinheiro” from O Melhor De Carlos Paredes - Guitarra (Som Livre www.metroblue.com 2007) —my favorite of the Guitarra Portuguesa players, his complex, yet emotional, renditions of Fado tunes is aided by a phenomenal techniqueBuy it!
Argentina Santos “Renascimento” from Argentina Santos (Fado Antologia) —This was purchased in Lisbon, but her work can be found on various anthologies. There is a Fado museum in Lisbon where one can buy everything from current artists to compilations of older recordings going back 60-70 years.Buy it!
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