Will Hermes
January 09, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Mares Profundos

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Virginia Rodrigues
Producers
Edge, Universal Classics

We gave it an A-

VIRGINIA RODRIGUES Mares Profundos (Edge/Universal Classics)

Brazil’s Rodrigues has one of the world’s great voices, a billowing contralto that turns vowels into cloudscapes. Here, she interprets the so-called Afro-sambas by composers Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes. A lilting mix of spiritual folk and secular art song, they’re a perfect match for Rodrigues, who learned her craft singing in church choirs and listening to opera on the radio. High point: ”Labareda,” a pas de deux with her mentor, Brazilian pop hero Caetano Veloso.

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