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18th-Century Portuguese Love Songs / Zak Ozmo, L'Avventura London

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Portuguese : Ganinha, minha Ganinha, song
>Leite, Antonio da Silva : Tempo que breve passaste, song
>Leite, Antonio da Silva : Tocata do Sr Francisco Gerardo, for ensemble
>Anonymous, Portuguese : Foi por mim, foi pela sorte, song
>Leite, Antonio da Silva : Onde vas linda Negrinha, song
>Avondano, Pedro Antonio : Minuet no 4 for ensemble
>Anonymous, Portuguese : A minha Nerina, song
>Anonymous, Portuguese : E delicia ter amor, song
>Portugal, Marcos António : Voce trata amor em brinco, song
>Leite, Antonio da Silva : Minuet for ensemble
>Portugal, Marcos António : Ja, ja me vai, Marilia, song
>Garcia, José Maurício Nunes : Sobre as asas da ternura, song
>Seixas, Carlos de : Toccata for keyboard in F minor
>Garcia, José Maurício Nunes : Que fiz eu a natureza?, song
>Avondano, Pedro Antonio : Minuet no 6 for ensemble
>Portugal, Marcos António : Cuidados, tristes cuidados, song
>Garcia, José Maurício Nunes : E amor a lei suave, song
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 466/L 118
>Anonymous, Portuguese : Os 'me deixas' que tu das, song
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Notes & Reviews:

L'Avventura London and their director Zak Ozmo make their debut on Hyperion with a lusciously saucy album of Portuguese love songs from the eighteenth century. Described by a contemporary visitor as "voluptuous and bewitching," these works have an uncertain genesis, but it is likely they reached Portugal from its overseas dominion of Brazil. Two highly contrasting styles predominate: one melancholic and lyrical, and the other bright and rhythmic, often with syncopated rhythms in the voice. Also interspersed are instrumental works from the period. The spirited players of L'Avventura London are joined by two Portuguese sopranos, Sandra Medeiros and Joana Seara, who are also early music specialists in their own right.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
As a very special category of vocal music, the Portuguese idiom known as the fado is unique for its intense expression. The subject matter is usually love. It has a literature that I had not known, but I find quite charming. The melodious qualities hover somewhere between "popular" and classical song. The guiding spirit of L'Avventura London is guitarist Zak Ozmo, who draws on a pool of seven players. Medeiros and Seara both have sweet and agile voices and well-balanced for blending.

International Record Review, February 2013
[Seara] blends well with Medeiros and you get accustomed to the strong hint of citrus in their voices...The percussion...consists of a shaker in one number and the cellist tapping her instrument like a drum! Yet that's a major part of the appeal of this 'fusion' disc, melding 'classical' and popular idioms in a manner that recalls Chrstina Pluhar's L'Arpeggiata discs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012).



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Works Details

>Anonymous, Portuguese : Ganinha, minha Ganinha, song
  • Performers: Joana Seara (Soprano); Sandra Medeiros
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>António da Silva Leite (1759 - 1833) : Tempo que breve passaste, song
  • Performer: Joana Seara (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>António da Silva Leite (1759 - 1833) : Tocata do Sr Francisco Gerardo, for ensemble
  • Performers: Taro Takeuchi (Guitar); Zak Ozmo (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Anonymous, Portuguese : Foi por mim, foi pela sorte, song
  • Performer: Sandra Medeiros
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>António da Silva Leite (1759 - 1833) : Onde vas linda Negrinha, song
  • Performers: Joana Seara (Soprano); Sandra Medeiros
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Pedro António Avondano (1714 - 1782) : Minuet no 4 for ensemble
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, Portuguese : A minha Nerina, song
  • Performer: Joana Seara (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous, Portuguese : É delícia ter amor, song
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Portugal, Marcos António : Você trata amor em brinco, song
  • Performers: Joana Seara (Soprano); Sandra Medeiros
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>António da Silva Leite (1759 - 1833) : Minuet for ensemble
  • Performers: Taro Takeuchi (Guitar); Zak Ozmo (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Portugal, Marcos António : Já, já me vai, Marília, song
  • Performer: Sandra Medeiros
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767 - 1830) : Sobre as asas da ternura, song
  • Performers: Joana Seara (Soprano); Sandra Medeiros
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Seixas, Carlos de : Toccata for keyboard in F minor
  • Performers: Zak Ozmo (Guitar); David Gordon [Harpsichord/Composer] (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767 - 1830) : Que fiz eu à natureza?, song
  • Performer: Joana Seara (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Pedro António Avondano (1714 - 1782) : Minuet no 6 for ensemble
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Portugal, Marcos António : Cuidados, tristes cuidados, song
  • Performer: Sandra Medeiros
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767 - 1830) : É amor a lei suave, song
  • Performer: Sandra Medeiros
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 466/L 118
  • Performer: David Gordon [Harpsichord/Composer] (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Anonymous, Portuguese : Os 'me deixas' que tu dás, song
  • Performers: Joana Seara (Soprano); Sandra Medeiros
  • Conductor: Zak Ozmo
  • Ensemble: L'Avventura London
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/19/2012-01/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal