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Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro): The Original Sound Track From The Film
Luiz Bonfa
Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro): The Original Sound Track From The Film
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Latin Music
 
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This impressionistic score from Marcel Camus's 1958 cinematic retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus was most Americans' introduction to the Brazilian musical style called bossa nova. As it became a nationwide craze that f...  more »

      
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All Artists: Luiz Bonfa
Title: Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro): The Original Sound Track From The Film
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Label: Verve
Original Release Date: 12/21/1959
Re-Release Date: 1/5/1990
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Latin Music
Styles: South & Central America, Brazil, Latin Music, Samba, Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz, Comedy & Spoken Word, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042283078321, 0042283078321, 042283078345

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This impressionistic score from Marcel Camus's 1958 cinematic retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus was most Americans' introduction to the Brazilian musical style called bossa nova. As it became a nationwide craze that featured both Brazilian samba and U.S. cool-jazz participants, the names of Black Orpheus composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa became familiar far beyond the hi-fi set. Along with the haunting theme song, "Manha de Carnaval," and several Jobim compositions are the vibrant street sounds of the pre-Lenten festival Carnaval, which provides the backdrop to the tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The score is awash with percussive samba rhythms and the laughter and chanting of the annual festival melee. This is a great disc to play when the day needs a parade. --Lois Maffeo

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CD Reviews

Disappointment
Gabriel Cazes | El Pinar, Canelones Uruguay | 10/25/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I liked very much the film Black Orpheus, but when I bought this record I hoped to listen the music, not the movie. Most of the tracks has sounds of the movie overimposed to the songs, as would be heard in the movie. Then why not buying the movie? When I listen a cd I care about music, that is contaminated in this record.
And doesn't help neither that songs are changed abruptly frequently.
Besides, the art of the cover is very poor, dishonors the movie, and the written comments claim that the sounds of the movie are a plus, recalling the scenes of the movie were the sounds appear, improperly: the "Oh No!" sound of "Frevo" that is commented does not apear in the movie as said.
As a summary, Verve did wonderfull editions of jazz, but this edition falls far behind the standards of both Verve and the film; clearly, Brazilian music doesn't seems to be Verve territory judging buy this edition."
Disappointing
Gabriel Cazes | 11/02/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I love Brazilian music and the many artists who wrote it. I have heard the music from this CD performed on other CDs and live. However, this CD is not good. It is filled with as much movie soundtrack background noise as music. You would be much better off seeking this music from other sources."
Some of the greatest music in the world
john37481 | Seattle USA | 02/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The scene in the movie when the village boys sing "Samba de Orfeo" is a transcendently beautiful religious moment. If the boys don't sing, the sun might not rise! Bonfa's samba lives up to the burden of the occasion -- joyous, passionate, unstoppable. The rest of the soundtrack, if you can believe it, lives up to THAT. Bonfa's lovely "Morning of the Carnival"; several of Jobim's lovely, sophisticated compositions in sparkling, minimal arrangements; and the awesome street Carnival percussion and singing."