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Anthology of Portuguese Music, Vol. 1: Tras-Os-Montes and Vol. 2: Algarve

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Anthology of Portuguese Music, Vol. 1: Tras-Os-Montes and Vol. 2: Algarve

Trás-os-Montes, a province in northeastern Portugal, has remained relatively isolated from the rest of Europe, allowing for what American musicologist Kurt Schindler called "the most grandiose survival of medieval music," including the preservation of the gaita de foles (Portuguese bagpipe). The province has also been a refuge for Portuguese Jews and their folk traditions for hundreds of years. Vol. 1 of the Anthology of Portuguese Music continues the quest for the region’s unique multiethnic sounds, featuring a multitude of haunting a capella recordings of harvest songs, sung prayers, secular ballads, and ritual dances with castanets, bombo (bass drum), and other instruments endemic to the region.

In contrast, the Algarve region in southern Portugal is a popular tourist destination. Musical influences from Morocco and Andalusia are audible in the stray bended notes, even though the sounds are distinctively Portuguese. These recordings originate from several small villages in the region and were carefully chosen by musicologist Fernando Lopes Graça for their folkloric authenticity. They range from religious ballads, lullabies, and holiday songs to more well-known forms like the corridinho (a joyful dance).

Track Listing

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Alvorada (Aubade) Manuel Aires 3:15
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Conde Ninho, O: Harvest Song Albino António Gonçalves and Francisco Machado 1:21
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Manhaninha De. S. João: Religious Ballad Maria Pires and Carlos Gonçalves 2:07
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Agora Baixon o Sol: Threshing Song Albino António Gonçalves and Francisco Machado 1:09
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Viste lá o Meu Amado: Excerpt from Passion Play Maria Teresa dos Reis Sevivas and Teresa de Jesus Reis 2:32
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Murinheira: Transmontana Dance Carlos Gonçalves, Maria Pires Gordilha, and António Martins Peleias 2:03
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Dona Ancra: Traditional Ballad Nerida da Purificação Juan 3:54
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Deus Te Salve, Rosa: Pastoral Ballad Florinda Rodrigues 1:34
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Faixinha Verde: Threshing Song Júlia Barreira 1:35
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Li-La-Ré: Song Maria Pires Gordilha 1:48
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Valdevinos: Harvesting Song Florinda Rodrigues and Alberto Gomes 1:33
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Dona Filomena: Ballad Ana do Rio 1:59
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Malva, Malveta: Threshing Song Amélia Afonso and João Barreira 1:15
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A Mal-Casada: Threshing Ballad Florinda Rodrigues 1:46
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Perdigão, O: Threshing Song Francisco Machado 1:56
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Galandum: Dance Song n/a 0:48
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Vinte-Cinco: Dance of the Sticks n/a 2:54
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Mineta: Spinning Song Júlia Barreira 1:27
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Encomendação das Almas: Religious Chant José Manuel Martins 1:37
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Cantilena da Pedra: Stone-Loaders Song António Valdemar Correia da Silva 1:31
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Bendito: Prayer Song Francisco Rodrigues 2:46
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Ró-Ró: Lullaby Justina de Jesus Igrejas 1:46
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Redondo: Pastoral Dance José da Igreja 2:59
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D. Fernando: Romance-Ballad Ana do Rio 2:47
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Dá-Lá-Dou: Shepherd's Song Dinora Fernandes and Ana do Rio 1:50
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Leva, Leva!: Fisherman's Song n/a 4:08
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Dona Mariana: Ballad Adélia Rosado 4:49
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Baile Mandado José de Sousa 1:18
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Oração do Probezinho: Religious Ballad Ana Custódia 2:45
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Despique: Challenge Song José Vitorino 1:08
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Oração de Santo António: Religious Ballad Deolinda Branco Pereira 1:26
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Dom Varão: Romance-Ballad Adélia Rosado 3:07
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Excelências da Virgem, As: Religious Song Ana Custódia 1:30
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Janeiras: New Year's Carol José Nunes Fernandes 1:44
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Ai-O-Linda!: Song José Ventura 2:00
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Oração das Almas: Prayer for the Dead (Carol) Manuel José Domingues and Manuel José da Eira 3:10
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Deus Te Salve, ó Rosa: Pastoral Ballad Adélia Rosado 2:39
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Três "Cavalheiros", Os: Religious Ballad Ana Custódia 2:10
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Corridinho (I): Dance Melody José de Sousa 1:40
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Salvé-Rainha: Antiphony to the Virgin Manuel Grade Natal 2:24
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Laurinda: Romance-Ballad Mariana Vitorino 3:02
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A Confissão da Virgem: Religious Ballad Deolinda Branco Pereira 1:46
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Cativo, O: Romance-Ballad Anastásia Maria 1:28
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Corridinho (II) n/a 1:41
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Faça Ai, Ai, Meu Menino: Lullaby Maria da Conceiçâo Pacheco 2:07
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Boas-Festas: Christmas Carol Maria da Conceiçâo Lima and Júlia Castro Fernandes 1:58
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