Ana Moura is among the finest of those celebrated young fadistas (fado singers) responsible not only for the resurgence of fado s esteem within Portugal, but also for its remarkable current worldwide popularity. A treasure of a performer, Ana Moura s deep, rich contralto voice is as radiant as it is expressive. Acclaimed by devoted audiences in her own land and throughout North America and Europe, she performs with a level of dramatic intensity rarely seen. Ana Moura has demonstrated two other talents, very important ones, though rarely articulated: fi rst, the ability to select the fi nest repertoire, including a wealth of new fados by the best of today s poet/lyricists and composers, such as the excellent Jorge Fernando, whose work is represented in no less than fi ve of the songs on this album. Fernando, an acclaimed musician, arranger and musical director, utilized his directorial talents for this album as well. Then there is the ability to select some of the fi nest of today s musicians with whom to perform, and Ana has demonstrated this consistently in her concerts and on her recordings; no less so here with top instrumentalists José Manuel Neto on Portuguese guitar, José Elmiro Nunes, on Portuguese and classical guitar, and Filipe Larsen on bass guitar. Her performance at the Coliseu dos Recreios, the most important and historic venue in her homeland s capital, engendered a special feeling as she sang for her own people. The stunning results are now available for all to hear.