Sunday, November 6, 2011

Celeste Rodrigues - Lisbon's Great Celeste Rodrigues (Capitol, 1958)

Born in Lisbon in 1923, Celeste Rodrigues's professional singing career did not start until 1951. As good a singer as she was, her name always stood in the larger-than-life shadow of her older sister Amália, with whom she remained very close through the years. Although she did have a few hits ("Fado Celeste," "Lenda das algas"), she did not record very extensively, preferring the warmth and intimacy of live performances. She spent some time in Canada in the 1970s, and throughout her career, she appeared at important concert halls in places like Paris and Rome. Unlike Amália, whose singing style was more commercial, Celeste will always be associated with a more traditional kind of fado, the so-called fado castiço: "It was [in Lisbon] that Portuguese ships set out in the fifteenth century to navigate the world," she says, "and it was in the heart of a sailor that fado was born." (All This Is Fado)

An intimate live performance of Celeste Rodrigues' mournful and romantic fado, recorded beautifully in Lisbon by Rui Valentim in 1958. Has a handful of charming audience sing a long moments, too. Wonderful stuff. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly.

DL: Celeste Rodrigues - Lisbon's Great Celeste Rodrigues (Capitol, 1958)

"Exciting Portuguese Songs Actually Recorded 'Live' At the Viela, Rua das Taipas, 14."

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1. Vira Do Mondego 2:53
2. Vento 3:53
3. Romarias Do Norte 2:16
4. Igreja De St. Estavao 4:27
5. Antigamente 2:56
6. Uma Casa Portuguesa 4:13
7. Maria Do Outeiro 3:59
8. Mira Me Miguel 1:58
9. Festa Na Aldeia 3:25
10. Conta Errada 3:11
11. Senhor Da Serra 2:30
12. Vira Da Minha Rua 3:04


Prince Marolo said...

Thanks! I absolutely love Amália, will have to check this out, I had no idea her sister also sang.

Miguel said...

brilliant :) :) :)

legrandmaitre said...

This is gorgeous. Lovely live atmosphere. Thanks!

Barron said...

I have another album Celeste that I like very much. This will be a welcome addition. thanks!

Anonymous said...

i don't know nothing about Portugal, i wasn't expecting anything special, but by the 2nd song, i actually started to cry. damn. i drink too much

doregon said...

The multiupload link doesn't load. Does anyone have a direct link, I was really looking forward to hearing this and I can't find her albums anywhere...

The song on soundcloud is so lovely.

nicholab said...