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Sol Negro
Virginia Rodrigues
Sol Negro
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
 
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With her rich contralto voice dripping with operatic intonation, African Brazilian Virginia Rodrigues' 12-song Sol Negro has a fresh and delightfully idiosyncratic take on both new material and some standards from the Braz...  more »

      
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All Artists: Virginia Rodrigues
Title: Sol Negro
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Hannibal
Original Release Date: 9/15/1998
Release Date: 9/15/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
Styles: World Dance, South & Central America, Brazil, Latin Music, Samba
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 031257142526

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With her rich contralto voice dripping with operatic intonation, African Brazilian Virginia Rodrigues' 12-song Sol Negro has a fresh and delightfully idiosyncratic take on both new material and some standards from the Brazilian lexicon. With guests Gilberto Gil, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, and artistic director Caetano Veloso, you know the results can be nothing but classy. It is also magical as the sparse arrangements (sometimes with string quartet), cool-school jazz arrangements, solitary harp, or bossa nova guitar set elegant backdrops for her startling but gentle vocals. "Noite De Temporal," with her aria evoking voice set to skeletal berimbau and percussion, is as spine-tingling as it gets, while "Israfel" with solo harp accompaniment has all the emotion of the best Fado or Morna from Cape Verde. In between is a sophisticated range of material and musical disciplines that never strays from being totally Brazilian and utterly absorbing. --Derek Rath

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silhouette_of_enchantment | USA | 02/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Virginia Rodrigues's album "Sol Negra" is as classy as it is beautiful. Rodrigues's is classic-sounding voice is haunting, wistful, and enigmatic and is a perfect fit to Caetano Veloso's arrangments that are played by Gilberto Gil. Milton Nascimento even accompanies her on a song. Listening to this cd, for some reason, reminds me of being in a cabana club in the 1940s/1950s (if I had been alive then!)

This is a wonderful cd. The arrangements lean toward the classical sounding samba to match Rodrigues's elegant voice. If you're looking for an updated rendition of Brazilian samba, then this is probably not the cd for you. If you're looking for something to dance to, then you probably won't like this cd. But, if you're looking for music to accompany an evening cocktail party, or to relax to, or are even feeling wistful - then this is the perfect cd for you."
Haunting, Rich, Surprising
kat | seattle, usa | 12/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is incredibly beautiful - from the simplicity in arrangement to the unique and surprising contralto voice of Virginia Rodrigues. I listen to it often and enjoy it much more than her second release.

A real gem."
What a voice!
01/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I could listen to Virginia Rodruiguez all day long. In fact, when a friend loaned me a CD, that is exactly what I did! Her voice reaches deep into feeling depths that I like being drawn into, and she never shocks me there, in that vulnerable space. There is wisdom, experience and feeling in that voice. I am especially entranced by the slower pieces. Lovely, sensitive arrangements, as Brazilian musicians can do."