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Ulisses [SACD, Import]

Cristina Branco Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Jan 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD, Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0006OS63S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful example of excellent world music 5 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
Cristina Branco is one my favourite singers in Portugal. Her beautiful sweet voice soothes my soul. Unfortunately she's not very well known in her own country. I know what I'm saying cause I'm portuguese and live in Portugal.
This new CD "Ulisses" is awesome, her best to date in my opinion. Comparing to previous Cristina's CDs this one is really a voyage (as the title suggests) including a wider range of musical styles, obviously influenced by other cultures, but always capturing the emotion and vision within a genuine fado singer. Obviously this CD is not for purists, and I'm glad I'not a purist. I'm particularly fond of the tune "Alfonsina y el mar" (sung in perfect castellano) which I know in other versions but none of them as good as this one. "Porque me olhas assim" a great Fausto tune, is another one of my favourites, with exquisite arrangement including the beautiful piano (Ricardo Dias) and portuguese guitar (Custodio Castelo). I presume the arrangements have been written by all musicians as that is not mentioned in the booklet (which is a pity and the only negative remark I make).
Cristina Branco is definitely a great world singer, included in a new generation of portuguese singers getting to be known abroad such as Dulce Pontes, Sara Tavares, Mariza, Ana Moura, Misia, Teresa Salgueiro (Madredeus) etc. I'm proud of them all, but Cristina is my first choice.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ulysses - sublime sound 29 Jun 2011
By jacs
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the second time I have bought this album - because I loaned it to a friend and he liked it so much he kept it hmmm....friend? Anyway its brilliant and it arrived in fab condition as promised.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Original 23 April 2005
By D.A.W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Every one of Cristina Branco's previous five albums has been the kind of work that is so overwhelmingly rich it can only be taken in over repeated listenings: nuances, subtle humor, shades of meaning, risks taken but amply rewarded. In choice of material, composition, arrangement, preparation, performance and recording quality, she manages to continually astound. How can such a young singer simultaneously possess such an amazing crystalline voice and such sure artistic judgment?

For exactly this reason, I was leery about Ulisses. A longtime Joni Mitchell fan, I was sincerely afraid that witnessing Cristina Branco attempt A Case of You would be a head-on collision, and that the victim would be me. I need not have worried. Branco takes the song in such a different direction - unabashedly melancholy, jazzy and moody in a way that only a Portuguese sensibility could get away with - that it reveals startlingly fresh possibilities in Joni's longtime classic. Give it a chance: it's a whole new song.

There's another, hidden Joni Mitchell tribute in this album. It comes in Track 10, where Branco shows her obvious admiration by performing Cristal in a way Joni herself might have if she'd been reincarnated in Lisbon immediately after recording Song to a Seagull. Branco pulls it off with beauty and understatement, and with such control that it's obviously meant more as homage than unconscious imitation.

But this album is about much more, and after countless playings I feel I've only touched the surface. Throughout Ulisses, Cristina Branco is trying on other voices, other languages than her native Portuguese. The first track, for instance, is sung a capella with a sly but appropriate Brazilian (specifically Carioca) accent. The second track is in Spanish, Track 5 is in English, Track 9 in French. It sounds like a chaotic fruit salad, but it holds together seamlessly thanks to Branco's abiding love for her material.

I should note that Cristina Branco's roots are in the Portuguese fado, a tradition that is better reflected in her earlier albums than in Ulisses. She has mastered that slightly Baroque trill the fado has adopted for its own. However, it's evident that she possesses a gift whose sophistication reaches beyond the narrow boundaries of one form. it makes me happy to see her stepping more boldly onto the world stage to take her share of the broader audience she deserves.

This album is worth all five stars. The arrangements are tasteful and minimal. The instrumentation is all-acoustic as always, and the studio work is completely transparent. However, if you are looking for a first taste of Cristina Branco, I would recommend starting with Corpo Iluminado or Murmurios, in which she earned the credentials to put forth Ulisses.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful example of excellent world music 10 Sep 2006
By Virgolino Luis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Cristina Branco is one my favourite singers in Portugal. Her beautiful sweet voice soothes my soul. Unfortunately she's not very well known in her own country. I know what I'm saying cause I'm portuguese and live in Portugal.

This new CD "Ulisses" is awesome, her best to date in my opinion. Comparing to previous Cristina's CDs this one is really a voyage (as the title suggests) including a wider range of musical styles, obviously influenced by other cultures, but always capturing the emotion and vision within a genuine fado singer. Obviously this CD is not for purists, and I'm glad I'not a purist. I'm particularly fond of the tune "Alfonsina y el mar" (sung in perfect castellano) which I know in other versions but none of them as good as this one. "Porque me olhas assim" a great Fausto tune, is another one of my favourites, with exquisite arrangement including the beautiful piano (Ricardo Dias) and portuguese guitar (Custodio Castelo). I presume the arrangements have been written by all musicians as that is not mentioned in the booklet (which is a pity and the only negative remark I make).

Cristina Branco is definitely a great world singer, included in a new generation of portuguese singers getting to be known abroad such as Dulce Pontes, Sara Tavares, Mariza, Ana Moura, Misia, Teresa Salgueiro (Madredeus) etc. I'm proud of them all, but Cristina is my first choice.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A special disc, pure enjoyment 25 Sep 2006
By circa1850 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having a couple of other recordings by this fabulous fado artist compelled me to get this copy of ULISSES. By far, the most enjoyable and well done disc thus far (at least in my collection) of Cristina Branco.

This disc, above all others, clearly displays that she is a world class vocalist in any genre and language. Selections in her native tongue along with an unexpected Joni Mitchell as well as French lyrics puts this artist in the spotlight and center stage. The musical arrangements and recording quality adds to the enjoyment of this disc.

This is a must have for any Fado enthusiast and Cristina Branco fan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 19 Jun 2006
By smartcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am speechless! (I don't know Portugese)

This is the first album I have heard from this musician, and I am already a major fan!

After listening to it a few times you will probably want to learn Portugese!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cd of Cristina 29 Jun 2007
By Tremoglie Giuliano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For me this is the best cd of Cristina Branco for many reasons, is not only fado, She sings like an angel in this cd, I like to hear Cristina cantar in spanish Alfonsina y el mar.
Sete pedaços de vento è the best song of fado I ever listen in my life
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