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What an 'Obson's!,
This review is from: The Art Of Amalia (Audio CD)
Sorry for slipping into the vernacular: Hobson's Choice = voice.
Listening to this album is an incredible experience. I do not know any Portuguese, I have know idea what the lady is singing (although I can guess what she's singing about) but I am moved almost to tears by the emotion she brings to these songs, as if the words are being torn from her heart.
The quality and range of Amalia's voice are superb. The only comparison I can make is the poor one of a Portuguese Kathleen Ferrier, a poor comparison because Amalia is far less constrained by the conventions of classical singing. Then again maybe it's just the difference between Europeans and the uptight English.
When Amalia Rodrigues died the Portuguese government declared a state of national mourning - she surely deserved it.