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Portugal: Monitor Presents Portuguese Fados and Folk Songs

Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes
Portugal: Monitor Presents Portuguese Fados and Folk Songs

Most closely associated with cantinas in Lisbon and cafes in Coimbra, the fado is a popular Portuguese ballad form typifying the Portuguese spirit of saudade. More than mere longing, "saudade has a deeper meaning that permeates the whole Portuguese attitude toward the past...a kind of wistful nostalgia...but love--usually a lost love--is always the underlying theme."

The studio recordings in this collection feature some of Portugal's most prominent fado performers of the time, singing stories of unrequited love, national pride, destiny, and homesickness. At times humorous, at other times solemn, the collection presents the breadth and depth of the fado's many forms. Lyrics in Portuguese and English are included in the liner notes.

Track Listing

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Suadade Vai-Te Embora (Saudade Go Away) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 3:24
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102
Rosinha dos Limões (Little Rose of the Lemons) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 2:09
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Tristezas (Sadness) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 2:21
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Igreja de Santa Cruz (Church of Santa Cruz) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 2:55
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105
Lisboa, Da Beira Mar (Lisbon by the River Bank) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 1:40
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106
Fado de Vila Franca (Fado of Vila Franca) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 2:00
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Destino (Destiny) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 4:55
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Sempre Que Lisboa Canta (Whenever Lisbon Sings) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 2:03
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202
Lisboa Não Sejas Francesa (Lisbon, Don't Be French) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 2:46
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Mentiras de Amor (Love's Lies) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 4:40
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204
Fado Faia (The Fadista's Fado) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 1:54
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205
Meu Alentejo (My Alentejo) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 3:29
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Desgarrada (The Singing Contest) Maria Marques and Manuel Fernandes 2:18
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