Mário Laginha: Fado




Mário Laginha (piano)


Songs and Fugues (Emarcy)

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Mário Laginha (piano).

Composed by Mário Laginha


Recorded: Ponta Delgada, Portugal, December 2005


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Notwithstanding its title, this song is not a "fado," the most popular type of Portuguese music. Still, it does have the nostalgic quality of such songs, plus a beautiful melody that Laginha improvises upon after its exposition. His piano's singing quality is fitting, for Laginha is the usual accompanist for one of Portugal's greatest singers, Maria Joao, and thus has a deep knowledge of voices. Here the pianist combines a great sense of structure and rhythm in the left hand, with a wonderful mastery of melody and touch in the right. Its quality allows this performance to stand on its own, halfway between the formal perfection of classical music and the carefree musings of jazz improvisation.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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