|Cordeiro De Nanã performed by João Gilberto ()|
Just one minute and twenty seconds long, this a perfectly distilled piece of Brazilian pop/mood music. The song consists of a simple, beautiful chord progression, which is repeated over and over. João sings a simple vocal over his guitar, and then some brass and strings come in to join him. The arrangement is stunning: sweeping and beautiful, with a delicate, sparkly sound at the beginning and end. It sounds very like the work of Claus Ogerman (who arranged the tracks on 'Amoroso', which appears on the same CD), but in fact, it's arranged by Johnny Mandel. Although this was recorded in 1980, it has a timeless feel. The entire Amoroso/Brasil CD is quite incredible. It took a few listens to really hit home, but has now become one of my 'desert island discs'.
| 01 Nov 05 ·: I agree, a beautiful, beautiful tune. You should check out the original version of this tunes, by Os TincoŃs:|
02 Dec 05 ·: I really love very much this song with these subtile orchestration of Johnny Mandel me two, and I also know the original version of Os TincoŃs (1977) which is very different and with verses that J.Gilberto don't sing...
Thalma de Freitas also sing this dreamy tunes in her album (2004)
28 Aug 07 ·: Just listening to this again a few years after my initial recommendation. It really does encapsulate a lot of the mysterious, seductive elements of Brazilian music for me.