Poland / Portugal, 2021, fado
Bastarda & João de Sousa – Fado: I’m not big into fado, but Amália Rodrigues enchanted me the first time I heard her, and I dived into her music. So when I saw that a Polish chamber music trio had teamed up with a modern fado singer to re-interpret some classics of the genre, I was intrigued. And this album pays off! What I find most interesting about this collaboration is how the musicians aren’t afraid to break the rules. Oh, this is mainly Portuguese vocal music accompanied by guitar? Sure, let’s keep the guitar, but let’s add in clarinets and cello, too. The result is that though the fire of the original music is subdued, the low-light atmosphere retains the compositions’ immortal beauty.