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Orfeu [Soundtrack]

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    Caetano Veloso's Nonesuch CD catalog is now available from the Nonesuch Store; however, free album MP3 downloads, available with other discs in the Store, are not yet included with these CDs.

    Caetano Veloso followed his 1999 Grammy-winning release Livro, a recording that brought the heralded Brazilian singer-songwriter to even greater acclaim in the US, with a soundtrack for the Carlos Diegues film Orfeu. Supervised and produced by Veloso with additional production assistance from Arto Lindsay and Jaques Morelenbaum, Orfeu is an eclectic compilation which reflects various trends in Brazilian popular music while paying tribute to the great masters of the past. The Chicago Sun-Times says the soundtrack "is jam-packed with stylistic variety, ranging from breezy bossa novas to sweeping orchestral extracts."

    Veloso supervised the re-recording of songs from the original screenplay, whose soundtrack introduced bossa nova to the world outside Brazil. And, since the music most often heard in the favelas today is rap, the Orfeu soundtrack includes some hard-hitting indigenous hip-hop, alongside samba and the new ballad "Sou Você (I Am You)," composed by Veloso. Other songs are written by Jobim, Sargento, and de Moraes, co-author of the classic “Girl from Ipanema.”

    Orfeu is a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, originally captured on screen in the 1959 film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) by French director Marcel Camus. Although both films are based on the Brazilian poet and playwright Vinícius de Moraes’ play Orfeu da Conceição, Orfeu’s director Carlos Diegues (Bye Bye Brazil) is emphatic about the fact that his Orpheus is not a remake of the French film. Diegues’s Orfeu, set in the favelas of Rio, realistically depicts the paradox that “on one hand the favela is a social embarrassment to the country, the result of a regime of exclusion that brings forth misery and injustice. On the other hand it is also a cultural treasure, a gold mine of human relations that is always alive and that needs to be discovered and stimulated,” says Diegues.

    The main plot in Orfeu, Diegues says, “is still a reflection of human passion, its boundless obsession, its vertiginous nature, and how it permeates everything around it. This human desire for love, above and beyond life and death, which has an impact that can only be compared to the impact felt in the original Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Toni Garrido, vocals (1, 2, 5)
    Caetano Veloso, vocals (1, 6, 8)
    Gabriel O Pensador, vocals (1)
    Samba School Unidos do Viradouro (1), under the direction of Mestre Jorjão]: Alceu Maia, Adilson Bernardino, cavaquinho; Josimar Monteiro, seven-string guitar; Josimar Monteiro, Aldemir Vasconcelos, Heitor Filho, Ubiratan Oliveira, José Lima, cuica and snare drums
    Heitor TP, guitar (2, 3, 5, 6), improvisation (10)
    Orchestra (2, 7-9, 11-14, 16, 17)
    Zezé Motta, Nelson Sargento, vocals (4)   
    Bira Show, percussion (4)  
    Josimar Monteiro, cavaquinho and percussion (4)
    Angela Só, Thalauy, Carla Pietro back-up vocals (4)
    Maria Luiza Jobim, vocals (7)  
    Ramiro Mussoto, improvisation (10, 15)

    Orchestra:
    Violin: Giancarlo Pareschi, Bernardo Bessler; José Alves da Silva, João Daltro de Almeida, Alfredo Vidal, Carlos Eduardo Hack, Michel Bessler, Antonella Pareschi, Ricardo Amado da Silva, Carmelita Reis da Souza, Paul Prates Barbato, Walter Hack, Marie Christine Bessler
    Viola: Marie Christine Bessler, Frederik Stephan, Jairo Diniz Silva, Jesuina Passaroto
    Cello: Alceu de Almeida Reis, Márcio Malard, Cássia Pssaroto de Menezes, Jorge Ranevsky
    Acoustic Bass: Ricardo Candido, Denner de Castro
    Oboe: José Francisco da Silva
    Flute: Andréa Ernest Dias, Katia Pierre da Costa
    Clarinet: Lúcia Morelenbaum, G. Jorup
    Bass Clarinet: Cristiano Siqueira Alves
    Harp: Cristina Braga
    Trombone: Marco Antonio della Favera, Vitor Santos
    Bass Trombone: Antônio Henrique de Oliveira
    Trumpet: Jessé Sadoc do Nascimento
    French Horns: Zdenek Svab, Ismael de Oliveira
    Flügelhorn, Trumpet: Flávio de Melo
    Orchestra Contractor: Paschoal Perrotta
    Orchestral Arrangement and Conductor: Jaques Morelenbaum
    Soloists/guest musicians:
    Guitar: Heitor TP (Courtesy of Hollywood Records)
    Cavaquinho and Guitar: Josimar Monteiro
    Percussion: Ramiro Mussoto
    Flügelhorn: Márcio Montarroyos
    Trombone: Vittor Santos
    Chorus: Duncan Lindsay, Graziela Silveira, Antonia Pelegrino, Fernanda Hermeto, Carolina Hermeto, Linda Kestemont, Carlos Fernando, Sergio de Souza, Fernanda Boechat, Ana Luiza Rehder, Sergio Cordeiro, Karinna Coelho, Max Viana, Djavan, Eliana Toledo, Maria Tereza de Souza, Cristina Lopes, Flavio Tambeline, Renata Almeida Magalhães, Gilda Mattoso, Leila Carvalho, Paula Burlamaqui, Maria Carmem Barbosa, D’Artagnan Junio, Gloria Perez, David Brati, Alejandro Nunez, Orlando Moraes, Dadi Carvalho, Soul Slinger, Marianne, Ebert, Paula Lavigne, Connie Lopes

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Caetano Veloso
    Co-produced by Arto Lindsay and Jaques Morelenbaum
    Executive Producer: Conceição Lopes
    Assistants to the Executive Producer: Thiago Braga, Alexandra Popovich, Robert Archey and Leleo
    Mixed by Patrick Dillet
    Recorded and Mixed at Estúdio Mega, Rio de Janeiro
    ‘Escola Viradouro’ recorded at Teatro de Lona da Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Mobile Studio Unit ARP
    Recording Engineers: Patrick Dillet, Márcio Gama, Ronaldo Lima, Marcus Adriano, and Zorro
    Studio Assistants: Max P.A. Guttenberg, Marcito Viana, Benhür, and Cláudio Rufo
    Toni Garrido and Gabriel O Pensador appear courtesy of Sony Music

    Artwork and Design: Patricia Maranhão
    Design Adaptation: 27/12 Design
    Cover Photo: Rogério Faissal

    Format availability

    All formats of this album are available from Nonesuch in the United States only.

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Description: 

Caetano Veloso's Nonesuch CD catalog is now available from the Nonesuch Store; however, free album MP3 downloads, available with other discs in the Store, are not yet included with these CDs.

Caetano Veloso followed his 1999 Grammy-winning release Livro, a recording that brought the heralded Brazilian singer-songwriter to even greater acclaim in the US, with a soundtrack for the Carlos Diegues film Orfeu. Supervised and produced by Veloso with additional production assistance from Arto Lindsay and Jaques Morelenbaum, Orfeu is an eclectic compilation which reflects various trends in Brazilian popular music while paying tribute to the great masters of the past. The Chicago Sun-Times says the soundtrack "is jam-packed with stylistic variety, ranging from breezy bossa novas to sweeping orchestral extracts."

Veloso supervised the re-recording of songs from the original screenplay, whose soundtrack introduced bossa nova to the world outside Brazil. And, since the music most often heard in the favelas today is rap, the Orfeu soundtrack includes some hard-hitting indigenous hip-hop, alongside samba and the new ballad "Sou Você (I Am You)," composed by Veloso. Other songs are written by Jobim, Sargento, and de Moraes, co-author of the classic “Girl from Ipanema.”

Orfeu is a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, originally captured on screen in the 1959 film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) by French director Marcel Camus. Although both films are based on the Brazilian poet and playwright Vinícius de Moraes’ play Orfeu da Conceição, Orfeu’s director Carlos Diegues (Bye Bye Brazil) is emphatic about the fact that his Orpheus is not a remake of the French film. Diegues’s Orfeu, set in the favelas of Rio, realistically depicts the paradox that “on one hand the favela is a social embarrassment to the country, the result of a regime of exclusion that brings forth misery and injustice. On the other hand it is also a cultural treasure, a gold mine of human relations that is always alive and that needs to be discovered and stimulated,” says Diegues.

The main plot in Orfeu, Diegues says, “is still a reflection of human passion, its boundless obsession, its vertiginous nature, and how it permeates everything around it. This human desire for love, above and beyond life and death, which has an impact that can only be compared to the impact felt in the original Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.”

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Veloso supervised the soundtrack and composed the score for Carlos Diegues's 1999 cinematic retelling of the Orpheus-Eurydice legend, set in Rio's slums. The album, says the Chicago Sun-Times, "is jam-packed with stylistic variety, ranging from breezy bossa novas to sweeping orchestral extracts."

FormatRestrictions: 

All formats of this album are available from Nonesuch in the United States only.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Toni Garrido, vocals (1, 2, 5)
Caetano Veloso, vocals (1, 6, 8)
Gabriel O Pensador, vocals (1)
Samba School Unidos do Viradouro (1), under the direction of Mestre Jorjão]: Alceu Maia, Adilson Bernardino, cavaquinho; Josimar Monteiro, seven-string guitar; Josimar Monteiro, Aldemir Vasconcelos, Heitor Filho, Ubiratan Oliveira, José Lima, cuica and snare drums
Heitor TP, guitar (2, 3, 5, 6), improvisation (10)
Orchestra (2, 7-9, 11-14, 16, 17)
Zezé Motta, Nelson Sargento, vocals (4)   
Bira Show, percussion (4)  
Josimar Monteiro, cavaquinho and percussion (4)
Angela Só, Thalauy, Carla Pietro back-up vocals (4)
Maria Luiza Jobim, vocals (7)  
Ramiro Mussoto, improvisation (10, 15)

Orchestra:
Violin: Giancarlo Pareschi, Bernardo Bessler; José Alves da Silva, João Daltro de Almeida, Alfredo Vidal, Carlos Eduardo Hack, Michel Bessler, Antonella Pareschi, Ricardo Amado da Silva, Carmelita Reis da Souza, Paul Prates Barbato, Walter Hack, Marie Christine Bessler
Viola: Marie Christine Bessler, Frederik Stephan, Jairo Diniz Silva, Jesuina Passaroto
Cello: Alceu de Almeida Reis, Márcio Malard, Cássia Pssaroto de Menezes, Jorge Ranevsky
Acoustic Bass: Ricardo Candido, Denner de Castro
Oboe: José Francisco da Silva
Flute: Andréa Ernest Dias, Katia Pierre da Costa
Clarinet: Lúcia Morelenbaum, G. Jorup
Bass Clarinet: Cristiano Siqueira Alves
Harp: Cristina Braga
Trombone: Marco Antonio della Favera, Vitor Santos
Bass Trombone: Antônio Henrique de Oliveira
Trumpet: Jessé Sadoc do Nascimento
French Horns: Zdenek Svab, Ismael de Oliveira
Flügelhorn, Trumpet: Flávio de Melo
Orchestra Contractor: Paschoal Perrotta
Orchestral Arrangement and Conductor: Jaques Morelenbaum
Soloists/guest musicians:
Guitar: Heitor TP (Courtesy of Hollywood Records)
Cavaquinho and Guitar: Josimar Monteiro
Percussion: Ramiro Mussoto
Flügelhorn: Márcio Montarroyos
Trombone: Vittor Santos
Chorus: Duncan Lindsay, Graziela Silveira, Antonia Pelegrino, Fernanda Hermeto, Carolina Hermeto, Linda Kestemont, Carlos Fernando, Sergio de Souza, Fernanda Boechat, Ana Luiza Rehder, Sergio Cordeiro, Karinna Coelho, Max Viana, Djavan, Eliana Toledo, Maria Tereza de Souza, Cristina Lopes, Flavio Tambeline, Renata Almeida Magalhães, Gilda Mattoso, Leila Carvalho, Paula Burlamaqui, Maria Carmem Barbosa, D’Artagnan Junio, Gloria Perez, David Brati, Alejandro Nunez, Orlando Moraes, Dadi Carvalho, Soul Slinger, Marianne, Ebert, Paula Lavigne, Connie Lopes

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Caetano Veloso
Co-produced by Arto Lindsay and Jaques Morelenbaum
Executive Producer: Conceição Lopes
Assistants to the Executive Producer: Thiago Braga, Alexandra Popovich, Robert Archey and Leleo
Mixed by Patrick Dillet
Recorded and Mixed at Estúdio Mega, Rio de Janeiro
‘Escola Viradouro’ recorded at Teatro de Lona da Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Mobile Studio Unit ARP
Recording Engineers: Patrick Dillet, Márcio Gama, Ronaldo Lima, Marcus Adriano, and Zorro
Studio Assistants: Max P.A. Guttenberg, Marcito Viana, Benhür, and Cláudio Rufo
Toni Garrido and Gabriel O Pensador appear courtesy of Sony Music

Artwork and Design: Patricia Maranhão
Design Adaptation: 27/12 Design
Cover Photo: Rogério Faissal