Rio Paris

Rio Paris

by Helena NoguerraHelena Noguerra


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A major attraction of soccer's World Cup, and some would say the very best thing about it, is the musical component, with genre-crossing all-star vocal collaborations the norm. Who can forget Barcelona's unexpected and absolutely stunning duets between Montserrat Caballé and Freddie Mercury? This album may be the first in a flood of releases connected with the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and if the games result in a new appreciation of Brazilian music they will have been well worth it from a musical standpoint. Brazilian music crosses over among classical, pop, and jazz without giving very much thought to the dividing lines, and the mix here touches on some of the major figures from each corner. The three singers and one guitarist are not Brazilian: singers Natalie Dessay and Agnès Jaoui are French; singer Helena Noguerra is Portuguese-Belgian; and guitarist Liat Cohen is French-Israeli. Some of the music is sung in Portuguese, some in French, but even in a French translation Dessay does not sound especially comfortable in Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Waters of March" (here, "Les Eaux de Mars"). Hearing her in Villa-Lobos, however, is an unexpected pleasure. Jaoui and Noguerra, both actresses as well as singers, have a reasonable feel for the material, although one wonders whether a Brazilian singer might not profitably have been included. Perhaps the album's best feature is Erato's studio engineering; the dimensions of the sound are ideal for the music, and the guitar is impressively well recorded. A reasonably satisfying souvenir of the World Cup.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2014
Label: Erato
UPC: 0825646350353
catalogNumber: 635035
Rank: 135355

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Helena Noguerra   Primary Artist,Vocals
Natalie Dessay   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Agnes Jaoui   Vocals
Liat Cohen   Guitar

Technical Credits

Heitor Villa-Lobos   Composer
Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Text
Victor Hugo   Text
Georges Moustaki   Text
Baden Powell   Composer
Egberto Gismonti   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Claude Nougaro   Text
Ray Gilbert   Text
Andres Rodriguez   Photo Composites
Newton Mendonça   Text
Ildasio Tavares   Text
Manuel Bandeira   Text
Geraldo Carneiro   Text
Alain Lanceron   Executive Producer
Carole Bellaïche   Cover Collage
Marc Ribes   Photo Composites
Luiz Ayrao   Text
Antonio Carles Marques Pinto   Composer
Jose Carlos Figueiredo   Composer
Liat Cohen   Liner Notes
Gudrun Meier   Liner Note Translation
Meliha Gojak   Photo Composites
John Tyler Tuttle   Liner Note Translation
Remi Jacobs   Liner Notes
Jean de la Fontaine   Text
Rafi Kadishson   Arranger
Cécile Lenoir   Producer
Oded Zehavi   Arranger
Antonio Maria   Text
Patrick Swirc   Cover Collage
Simon Fowler   Cover Collage
Carlos Cavalcante   Composer
Jong Yuk   Cover Collage,Label Design
Frédérique Gombert   Cover Collage

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