“Lisbon on the loose” is a high quality album spearheaded by classically trained virtuoso flutist Susan Palma-Nidel who assembled wonderful Portuguese musicians to collaborate on these songs; Portuguese music has not received the attention in the U.S. that French and Spanish language music has, but it should; it is very diverse with many global influences and often a lot of emotional resonance.
NO FCC's; Favorite tracks: 2, 3, 5, 6,7, 9, 11
1—Os Indios de meia-praia –3:20-- pretty instrumentals with some interesting instruments under the flute and chorus – lively and upbeat
*2 –Foi por ela –5:36 – very pretty accompaniment and singing, very legato with lovely little celeste-type flourishes
*3 –As certezas do meu mais brilhante amor- 4:53-- pretty flute tune with the pensive tones of Portuguese strings beneath
4-Velho Mondego –3:51 – simple guitar and flute; quiet but deep
*5 – E Levantou-se o Araial—5:02—sets up interesting little vamp under a very low contralto; catchy!
*6 – Cancao –2:48-- famous Portuguese song – done very simply and beautifully
*7 –Cancao com lagrimas –5:52-- “song with tears” powerfully sung with interesting modulating accompaniment and background beats
8 –A morte saui a rua –3:14 – upbeat with strong flute playing
*9 –Fado Lopes/Meditano –4:09-- begins with guitar on melody; flute comes in and they dance together languidly until rhythm picks way up in last third of piece
10- Meu Fado meu-4:53-- sweet sad sound of fado; cello begins followed by flute; wonderfully strong playing; singer comes in two thirds of the way
*11-- Maria Lisboa—3:27-- very lively; flute and supporting instruments are captivating
12 –Ao longo de um claro rio de agua doce 5:24 – “along a clear river of sweet water,” evocative and sweet with lovely lyrics that segue to pretty chorus