Caetano Veloso pays tribute to cinematic maestro Federico Fellini and his wife / leading lady Giulietta Masina on this live set. Songs were chosen, says Veloso, to evoke "this metaphysical feeling of a time gone by … similar to the feeling I also sense in their films."
Caetano Veloso’s longstanding love and admiration for the Italian cinema of the '40s, '50s, and '60s, and specifically for the poetry of the Giulietta Masina / Federico Fellini films, had been both documented in the Italian press and expressed through his music for many years. It was this sense of mutual affection, between Caetano and the Italian people, which led Fellini’s sister Maddalena Fellini, on behalf of the Fondazione Fellini, to invite Caetano to do a show in Rimini in homage to Federico and Giulietta. Maddalena told Caetano at that time that Giulietta had heard Caetano’s song for her, “Giulietta Masina,” and was very touched by it.
It was unfortunate that by the time the invitation came, while Caetano was mixing his 1991 album Circulado in New York City, Giulietta and Federico had died and their meeting in person would never be possible. The day Caetano arrived in Rimini was one that filled him with an overwhelming emotion, one that he said, "included sadness, and exalted pride, and a diffuse fear linked to the meaning of my life.”
The recording, made over the course of three evenings of live performances in October 1997, is a kind of musical journey through the world of Fellini in song. It was important to Caetano that the songs selected fell within the frame of his youth in Santo Amaro, where he first saw Fellini’s films and where he says he experienced, “this metaphysical feeling of a time gone by … similar to the feeling I also sense in their films.”
A Universal Music production, directed by Caetano Veloso
Recorded live in concert at Teatro Nuovo in Dogana, Republic of San Marino, October 28-30, 1997
Recording engineers: Lorenzo Santi, Marcello Amore, Federico Bartolozzo, and Marcio Benelli
Mobile Unit: Estudio Emme / Firenze
Mixed at Castle Oaks Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Mixed by Antônio “Moogie” Canázio
Mixing assistant: Patricia Abdelnour
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering , Los Angeles, CA
Arrangements by Jaques Morelenbaum (except “Coração Materno” by Rogério Duprat, adapted by Jaques Morelenbaum)
Cover image from the film Cinema Falado by Caetano Veloso
Director of Photography: Pedro Farkas
Design Concept: Caetano Veloso
Artistic Director: Gê Alves Pinto
Design: Luciane Ribeiro / Leitão
Design coordinator: Patrícia Fernandes
Design adaptation: 27.12 design, ltd.
Technical support for the show Per Federico e Giulietta:
Exclusive concert benefit for Fondazione Fellini
Produced by UNS Produções Artísticas
General Direction: Caetano Veloso
Musical Director: Jaques Morelenbaum
This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States only.
Jaques Morelenbaum, cello, conductor
Luiz Brasil, guitars
Jorge Helder, bass
Carlos Balla, drums