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Portugal: Portuguese Traditional Music

Various Artists
Portugal: Portuguese Traditional Music

As the liner notes explain and the recordings attest, Portugal’s location on the westernmost coast of continental Europe influenced its folk music in significant ways. In addition to older chants, prayers, lullabies, vocal and instrumental music, the album contains several examples of the well-known fado style. Emotional and melancholy, fado has origins in the Middle Ages and experienced a renaissance in the 18th century; in 2011 it was inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Liner notes include translated lyrics for each track.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
The Rendez-vous n/a 2:11
102
Lullaby: Cançao de Embalar n/a 2:43
103
Macelada (Picking Camomile) n/a 2:03
104
Christmas Carol n/a 4:14
105
Sao Joao (Saint John) n/a 2:53
106
Desejos (Wishes) n/a 2:21
107
For The Souls In Purgatory n/a 2:00
108
Aurora teve um menino (Aurora has given birth to a son) n/a 5:52
109
Os Teus Olhos (Your Eyes) Maria Teresa de Noronha, Raul Nery, Joaquim do Vale, Joel Pina 1:28
110
A Nossa Rua (Our Street) Maria Teresa de Noronha, Raul Nery, Joaquim do Vale, Joel Pina 3:36
111
Fado Corrido Manuel Vicente, Guilherme Carvalhais, Avelino do Carmo 3:25
112
Meia Noite (Midnight) Manuel Vicente, Guilherme Carvalhais, Avelino do Carmo 4:12
113
Little Fado Manuel Vicente, Guilherme Carvalhais, Avelino do Carmo 3:14
114
Tirana (The Wild Woman) n/a 3:32
115
Um Viva para Toda a Gente (A Vivat for Everyone) n/a 2:37
116
Misericordia, Meu Deus (Have mercy, O Lord) n/a 1:25
117
Stone-cutter's Song n/a 2:05

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