A New Vinícius…
After dedicating albums to the music of Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim, Baden Powell and Moacir Santos, Mario Adnet decided to showcase the compositions of Vinícius de Moraes with other maestros. In Vinícius & Os Maestros the listener will not find any Jobim songs. Instead, the fifteen tracks in the album cover Vinícius music with maestros Cláudio Santoro, Moacir Santos, Baden Powell and Pixinguinha. About that, Mario himself stated that “preferi não incluir o Tom Jobim dessa vez, por já ter feito vários projetos sobre sua obra e, também, porque Vinicius e Tom talvez sejam um caso à parte” (I decided not to include Tom Jobim this time because I’ve already had done several projects about his work, and also because Vinícius and Tom are a case aside).
Vinícius de Moraes (Rio de Janeiro, 1913 – 1980) was a composer, poet, playwright, journalist and diplomat who is probably better known as Tom Jobim’s most frequent music partner. Vinícius wrote some of the most beloved songs in the Brazilian songbook, including several Bossa Nova classics (“Chega de Saudade,” “Garota de Ipanema,” “A Felicidade” and many more) and other popular songs (“Samba da Bênção,” “Pela Luz dos Olhos Teus,” “A Tonga da Mironga do Kabuletê” and others).
For Vinícius & Os Maestros Mario Adnet chose a rare collection of songs covering the period of the mid-1950s to the early 1960s. With a project of this magnitude and importance, besides the superb vocalists featured here — Joyce Moreno, Mônica Salmaso, Tatiana Parra, Dori Caymmi and Sérgio Santos — there is a 54-piece orchestra that was assembled for the recording of the album and also the show that followed its release. Among the musicians present, familiar names such as Marcos Nimrichter (piano), Leonardo Amuedo (guitar), Jefferson Lescowich (bass), Jurim Moreira (drums), Armando Marçal (percussion), Eduardo Neves and Teco Cardoso (flutes), Ubaldo Versolato (alto sax, clarinet), Marcelo Martins (tenor sax), Henrique Band (baritone sax), Aquiles Moraes and Jessé Sadoc (trumpets) and Eveson Moraes (trombone) could not be absent.
Vinícius de Moraes’ music is a part of the Brazilian soul and reflects a nation’s life. The three lullabies co-written with Cláudio Santoro are all about love, a love that exists somewhere (“Em Algum Lugar”), lives far away (“Luar do Meu Bem”) or is in profound sleep (“Acalanto da Rosa”). Co-written with Pixinguinha, “Lamento” continues the love thread, and “Mundo Melhor” closes the journey with love making the world a better place. Moacir Santos and Baden Powell are represented in the album with four tracks each. Though it is impossible to isolate any particular track in this group, there is just something very moving and deeply touching in Dori Caymmi’s rendition of “Lembre-se” and his duet with Tatiana Parra in the immortal “Samba em Prelúdio.” In fact the duets in the album are just as marvelous as the solo pieces. Joyce and Sérgio Santos — can it get any better? Tatiana Parra with Mario Adnet singing “Valsa de Eurídice” with Philippe Baden Powell on piano is heavenly. Another memorable piano-voice encounter is Marcos Nimrichter and Mônica Salmaso in “Canção de Ninar Meu Bem.” Enjoy the greatness of Vinícius de Moraes music with this video of Tatiana Parra and Dori Caymmi singing “Samba em Prelúdio.”
There is also a podcast with music by Vinícius de Moraes, A Centennial Celebration.
Vinícius & Os Maestros – Orquestra e Convidados
Universal 60252788453 (2011)
- Em algum lugar (Cláudio Santoro – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Tatiana Parra
- Triste de Quem (Moacir Santos – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Joyce Moreno
- Consolação (Baden Powell – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Sérgio Santos
- Lembre-se (Moacir Santos – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Dori Caymmi
- A Santinha Lá da Serra (Moacir Santos – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Mônica Salmaso
- Acalanto da Rosa (Cláudio Santoro – Vinícius de Moraes)
- Samba em Prelúdio (Baden Powell – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Tatiana Parra & Dori Caymmy
- Se Você Disser que Sim (Moacir Santos – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Joyce Moreno & Sérgio Santos
- Luar do Meu Bem (Cláudio Santoro – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Mônica Salmaso & Mario Adnet
- Valsa de Eurídice (Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Philippe Baden Powell, Tatiana Parra & Mario Adnet
- Medo de Amar (Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Joyce Moreno
- Mundo Melhor (Pinxinguinha – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Sérgio Santos
- Lamento (Pixinguinha – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Dori Caymmi
- Canção de Ninar Meu Bem (Baden Powell – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Mônica Salmaso
- Canto de Xangô (Baden Powel – Vinícius de Moraes) – w/ Joyce Moreno, Mônica Salmaso, Tatiana Parra, Dori Caymmi, Mario Adnet, Sérgio Santos