Pedro Moutinho’s new album – and show – is entitled “Um Fado ao Contrário” (A Fado to the contrary), realesed by MWF – Music Without Frontiers in co-production with the
Museu do Fado. The culmination of a journey that began in the 1990s in the formative circuit of the best fado houses in Lisbon, Pedro Moutinho arrives on this seventh album – after the original albums “Primeiro Fado” (2003), “Encontro” (2006), “Um Copo de Sol” (2009) “O Amor Não Pode Esperar” (2013) and “Fado em Nós” (2016) and the compilation “Lisboa Mora Aqui” (2010) – at the height of his voice, his artistic maturity and his very personal way of being a performer, singer and fadista.
But, “a Fado to the contrary”? Does this mean that this album shows an opposite or upside-down Fado? No, quite the contrary. Here lays “Um Fado ao Contrário”, the first single, and there it goes… But also classical fados and new songs created for his voice by composers and / or poets like Améllia Muge, Maria do Rosário Pedreira, Márcia, Manuela de Freitas, Pedro de Castro or Filipe Raposo. The same Filipe Raposo who also produces this album and brought to the studio new and surprising sounds, while at the same time fado retains its essence and tradition.
Surrounding himself with some of the best national composers and poets, Pedro Moutinho opens his new album with the song (and first single) “Um Fado ao Contrário” – in which the words and notes are “round trip” and te ending sounds like portuguese traditional rural and festive music – the first ever partnership between songwriter Amélia Muge and poet Maria do Rosário Pedreira. Amélia Muge who is, however, the author of the lyrics for two songs – “Não Sei se a Tristeza É Triste” (a fado with music by Filipe Raposo) and “Ruas do Tempo” (written over the traditional Fado José Marques do Amaral) – and signs the full authorship (music and lyrics) of the ballad “Uma Pena que Me Coube” and a fado that seems to date the Argentinian milonga and the Brazilian choro “Aquele Bar”.
Another unprecedented collaboration is that of the lyricist Manuela de Freitas with the composer (and portuguese guitar player) Pedro de Castro, in the happy, funny and full of puns “Graça da Graça”. Manuela de Freitas is also the author of the lyrics of “Chego Tarde, Canto o Fado”, over a fado rhapsody from the legendary Ramos brothers duo – guitarist Casimiro and viola Miguel, known as “Os Pinóia”. Continuing to honor the great names of Fado – as he had previously done with Carlos Ramos, Hermínia Silva or Carlos do Carmo – Pedro Moutinho also sings lyrics by fado singer and poet Manuel de Almeida, “Foi Um Bem Conhecer-te” in Fado Corrido, and “Maldição”, with lyrics by Fernando Farinha over Fado José António (Sabrosa) in Sextains. And honoring a name, also bigger, of our popular music – Vitorino Salomé – here is “Tragédia da Rua das Gáveas” (theme that in the album “Leitaria Garrett” Vitorino recorded with a popular marches instrumentation and which in this version comes with fado instruments). Perhaps the biggest surprise of the album, “Força do Mar” is a song with Márcia’s very strong copyright, arranged for piano and electric guitar.
In the recordings of “Um Fado ao Contrário” Pedro Moutinho featured the musicians Filipe Raposo (piano), Quiné Teles (percussion), André Santos (electric guitar), Pedro Soares (acoustic guitar), Daniel Pinto (acoustic bass) and Ângelo Freire (portuguese guitar), being the mixing and remastering of António Pinheiro da Silva and Pedro Moutinho himself.
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