A Portuguese lullaby

May 28, 2012 § 8 Comments

This post is our 100th!  Thanks to all the readers who have been following us on this journey through all that is glorious in Portugal. We decided to celebrate by posting a recording of a Portuguese folk tune which you can’t hear anywhere else.

Portugal has a treasure trove of traditional music which evolved over centuries. Each generation burnished the melodies, sharpened the rhythms, and clarified the rhymes until all that is left is pure emotion.

Today we bring you Menino d’oiro (golden baby boy), a lullaby made popular by the folk singer José Afonso. Our version is a home recording made with soprano Cecília Fontes, violinists Evandra Gonçalves and Teresa Mascarenhas, conductor Joana Carneiro on viola, and Sergio Rebelo on guitar. Pedro Rebelo mixed and produced the recording.

Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, we bet you can feel the mother’s emotions as she lulls her precious baby to sleep.

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§ 8 Responses to A Portuguese lullaby

  • Rui Albuquerque says:

    Que saudades. Que bom!

  • AA says:

    Thanks for sharing this treasure. It brings back sweet memories of good times spent with good friends…

  • Evandra says:

    Muitas, muitas saudades…
    Tantas memórias que esta canção me trouxe. Coração apertadinho mas com um sorriso.
    Obrigada Sérgio por nos proporcionares estes momentos na altura e por os partilhares no presente. Que o futuro nos permita desenvolver o projecto. Quem sabe? :)
    Beijinhos.

  • LS says:

    Lindíssimo! Que saudades dos tempos passados na companhia de todos…Obrigada pela partilha.

  • Cecília Fontes says:

    queridos,
     
    fiquei sem palavras um momentinho…
    e logo de seguida começaram a brotar.
     
    um sopro de ventos passados passou pelo meu ouvido,
    o coração meio apertou, meio alargou,
    alargou de ternura, apertou de saudade.
     
    obrigada, amigos, por nos manterem na vossa memória,
    ela segue, intacta, apesar dos anos passados.
     
    obrigada, amigos, por ser possível.
     
    um abraço apertado, apertando


    Cecília Fontest

  • maria joao says:

    Olá tive a sorte de ver na televisao a sua entrevista e fiquei encantada pela fantastica divulgacao de Portugal e das boas coisas Portuguesas ” que sao muitas”. Venho pedir que visite o nosso site http://www.montedoareeiro.com, um turismo rural no Ribatejo, e se gostar que o divulgue.

    Obrigada e bem haja

    Maria Joao

  • Liz says:

    Beautiful rendition!

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