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  • Performer: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jaques Morelenbaum, Paula Morelenbaum, Paulo Jobim, Zeca Assumpção
  • Composer: Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00006IJ7X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. As Praias Desertas
2. O Amor em Paz
3. Vivo Sonhando - Dreamer
4. In·til Paisagem
5. Sabiß
6. Chanson pour Michele
7. Bonita
8. Fotografia - Photograph
9. Imagina
10. Estrada Branca
11. O Grande Amor
12. Can?ao Em Modo Menor
13. Tema para Ana
14. Derradeira Primavera
15. Esperan?a perdida - I Was Just One More For You
16. Sem Voc?
17. Samba do Avi?o
18. Improvisation

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BBC Review

Is bossa nova supposed to be this sad? I thought it was supposed to keep things light and low key, cool and relaxed, in a culture where theres too much sun to over exert yourself. But this remarkable album reinterprets Antonio Jobims songs in a quietly radical way. It points up his similarities to classical composers like Debussy and Chopin. But it also brings out a bittersweet sadness at the heart of his music.

Its the deep, dark keening sound of the cello, the twilight voicings of the piano and the perfect, pure pitch of Paula Morelenbaums creamy voice. Its a cliché, but in this case its true: it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Sometimes the combination is almost too rich, too sobbing, too dramatic, almost too beautiful. "Imagina", a duet with Ed Motta pulses with quietly suppressed longing, At times its surprisingly intense and maybe too much (over 71 minutes) to take at one sitting.

Perhaps the emotion expressed here is in part a requiem for Jobim, the inventor of bossa, who died from cancer in his fifties. Paula and Jacques Morelenbaum were both long time Jobim collaborators, and the album was partly recorded at his home in Rio De Janeiro, with Sakamoto sitting at Jobims own piano. Sakamoto was in a bossa nova group when a teenager, and his playing here seems thoroughly assured and emotionally sophisticated. Some of the material has never been played before, while songs like "Bonita" and "Fotografia" are more familiar. "Imagina", a duet with Ed Motta pulses with quietly suppressed longing, "Chanson Pour Michelle" featuring piano and cello alone is one of many highlights.

This is chamber music of great beauty, which should appeal to both classical music lovers and fans of bossa nova. Its a lovely album. Just dont play it too loud if youve just split up with someone. --Nick Reynolds

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bagoas on 1 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
In this wonderful record, Japanese music man Ryuichi Sakamoto and the brazilian couple cellist Jacques Morelembaum and his wife singer Paula, give us a different, more classy side of Tom Jobim's music. The album was recorded in Jobim's house, in fact Sakamoto used Jobim's piano, and you can almost sense the gently presence of the late brazilian composer. The point of this record seems to be to show that Jobim was not only the father of Bossa Nova! He was a great composer, of classic influence, one of he greatest in the 20th century.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ross Grueber on 24 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
This has to be one of my all time favourite albums.

The material covered on this album contains some lesser known Antonio Carlos Jobim gems and the few better known ones handled with a different delivery by the Morlenbaums and Sakamoto. The other earlier Quarteto Jobim Morelenbaum album is much faster and not so polished as this. They have had time to perfect the style on this second outing.

The first track gives us a taste of what is to come. Ryuichi Sakamoto plays the piano with precision and delicacy whilst Jaques Morelenbaum's cello gently weeps into the microphone giving the feeling of a happy sadness.... If there is such a thing. Paula Morelenbaums vocals add that magic touch as though she is singing the song just for you.

There is a fine line between too much texture, and too little. The balance is perfect. The songs are all handled with the minimum of instruments which makes for a truer representation of the Genius of Jobim's song writing talents.

The album is wonderfully recorded at Jobim's house which adds to the acoustics and if you listen carefully on some tracks, you can hear a tropical bird singing along. The true hallmark of a fine recording.

Although this album is a posthumous collection of Jobim's creations. You can't help that feel that somewhere he is in the music.

If you like Jobim and the interpretations by other artists of his music in his other albums. I beg you to try this one, it has a completely different twist from the Girl From Ipanema.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santi on 18 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
No hay palabras para describir lo que la música de Jobim, extraordinaria de por sí, es capaz de sugerir cuando es tratada con tanta sensibilidad y ternura como la que aplican Morelenbaum/Sakamoto. Si cierras los ojos te transportas de inmediato a un atardecer junto a la playa. ¡casi puedes sentir la brisa y la sensación de que algo está a punto de pasar!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Gillan on 12 July 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A classic addition to the plethora of Jobim interpretations.
Partially recorded in Jobim's house on his piano, Sakamoto's Debussy-esque improvisations blend perfectly with Jobim's sophisticated harmonies, while Morelenbaum seems to be genuinely improvising, finding those magical notes that make each track come alive.
Always moving, and frequently intriguing melodically and harmonically, with a wonderful sensual atmosphere, to my ears there isn't a weak track among these, and I rate this amongst my favourite albums of all time.
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