1999. Paixões Diagonais

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Paixões Diagonais (1999)

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A few old, even ancient melodies are selected for the poem they are to accompany. It is the singer's task to choose them and express them through her voice, infusing this centuries-old tradition with all that she feels is new yet genuine, deep and ancient.

This is the mantle that Mísia wore for her first CD on the Erato / Détour label. In so doing she returned to tradition, taking literary poems by contemporary authors (by José Saramago, a Nobel literature prize-winner, who has taken to writing for her, alongside Lidia Jorge, Agustina Bessa-Luis and Mario de Sa-Carneiro and others), to the greater glory of an age-old genre, reminding us all that the fado culture at least is immortal. Fado should be sung with your eyes closed because you are alone with your destiny. It is the latest urban European song to emerge from popular culture.

This is the second recording that Mísia has made with her arranger Ricardo Dias, and the same thread runs through them both. While the arrangements shun the influence of today's musical fashion, they nevertheless freely explore all types of sonority beyond those commonly associated with fado. So the accordion and violin, nomadic instruments which match Mísia's personality and that are often heard in the street, make frequent appearances - along with brass instruments and even a string quartet.

"Diagonal passions" is as a result a more universal record than her first, taking inspiration from all Mísia's travels over the past few years to meet audiences all over the world, in Japan, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland and Brazil - to name but a few.

Many influences are at work here. There are four traditional fados, and several that are contemporary and even avant-garde, blending their styles with the help of three Portuguese guitars. "Diagonal passions" is the result of a meeting with the world-famous Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires, whose fado for piano and voice provides the title, "Diagonal passions".

Mísia sings for the first time a poem written in French by Pessoa, another by the Brazilian Carlos Drummond de Andrade, gleaned while on tour with Maria Bethania in her home country, and a further poem written for Mísia by the Portuguese author Rosa Lobato de Faria. To these are added music and words by Amelia Muge, Ricardo Días, Sérgio Godinho and João Monge, among others. There is also a new recording of "Liberdades Poéticas", the first fado ever written for Mísia some ten years ago, today said to mark the transition between tradition and modernity in fado.

"Diagonal passions" is interwoven by increasingly precise feelings. An early ambition was to sing at the Olympia in Paris. Now that Mísia's wish has been granted, her aim is to carry on being able to give pleasure to her audiences, even well into the future when her voice might not be so steady. Such a dream has its roots in one thing: Mísia's true feelings.


This is an encounter of traditional and contemporary Fado. Maria João Pires accompanies Mísia from the piano for one Fado. This was the first time the famous pianist worked on a Fado project. The concept "Diagonal" is clearly visible in the presence of three styles, three proposals relating to the Portuguese Guitar.

Three songs of the album were used for the sound track of the film "Passionata" (Dan Ireland, USA) and one song was used by choreographer Bill T. Jones for his work.


Timing: 56'10

01. Paixões Diagonais (4'07)
02. Ainda Que (3'06)
03. Triste Sina (4'27)
04. O Corvo (3'27)
05. Fado Triste (4'01)
06. A Palavra Dos Lugares (4'44)
07. Se Soubesse O Que Sentias (3'19)
08. Minha Alma De Amor Sedenta... (3'59)
09. Nascimento De Vénus (3'51)
10. Par Rêve (3'09)
11. Liberdades Poéticas (3'00)
12. Paixões Diagonais (4'57)

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