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Os Portugueses

Rodrigo Leão

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In 2018, Rodrigo Leão, a composer and pianist born in Lisbon in 1964, commemorated 25 years as a solo artist after a decade of immense success with Madredeus, the group he founded alongside Pedro Ayres Magalhães in 1985. Ave Mundi Luminar (Columbia, 1993) was the first milestone in his journey to become one of Portugal's most iconic⁠—and internationally recognised—musicians. This release included the reissue of the soundtrack to a documentary called Portugal, a social portrait (a 2007 television series by Joana Pontes and Antonio Barreto) under the title Os Portugueses (Sony Music, 2018). It features 28 songs, including ten new recordings of tracks originally written for Madredeus (including O Pastor and Guitarra) and Sétima Legião, the pianist’s first band (Mil Maneiras de Amar). One previously unreleased track shines particularly brightly: Restos da vida, performed by Camané, one of today’s greatest Fado singers. Vocalists Selma Uamusse and Ana Vieira also feature in these nostalgic melodies with a chamber music feel, where strings and accordion intertwine with the soft textures of synthesisers and piano.


Rodrigo Leão’s Os Portugueses puts the spotlight on the Portuguese language and traditional instrumental music; a clean, unpretentious offering that resonates with the contemporary preference for minimalism. His intimate exploration of the album’s concepts amplifies the characteristic sound of this creator who more than deserves his place in Portugal’s musical history books. The influence of Madredeus is evident throughout the musician’s style, not only in this particular record and the memories it explores but also in his current projects. This record marks the 25th anniversary of his solo career and is a celebration of current Portuguese music. © Ulyses Villanueva/Qobuz

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1
Vida Tão Estranha (Ana Vieira)
00:03:40

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Arranger, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ana Vieira, MainArtist, Vocal - Celina Da Piedade, Accordion - Bruno Silva, Viola - Carlos Barreto, Contrabass - Ana Carolina, Composer - Denys Stetsenko, Violin - Carlos Tony Gomes, Arranger, Violoncello - Marco Alves, Vibraphone - Viviena Tupikova, Violin

(P)2018 SME Portugal, Sociedade Unipessoal. Lda.

2
Melancolia (Camané)
00:04:13

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Camane, MainArtist, Vocal - Bruno Silva, Viola - Carlos Barreto, Contrabass - Ana Carolina, Composer - Pedro Jóia, Acoustic Guitar - Denys Stetsenko, Violin - Carlos Tony Gomes, Arranger, Violoncello - Marco Alves, Trombone, Vibraphone - Viviena Tupikova, Violin

(P)2018 SME Portugal, Sociedade Unipessoal. Lda.

3
O Pastor (Selma Uamusse)
00:03:36

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pedro Ayres Magalhaes, Composer - Gabriel Gomes, Composer - Francisco Ribeiro, Composer - Celina Da Piedade, Accordion - Bruno Silva, Viola - Carlos Barreto, Contrabass - Teresa Salgueiro, Composer - João Eleutério, Bass - Selma Uamusse, MainArtist, Vocal - Pedro Jóia, Acoustic Guitar - Denys Stetsenko, Violin - Frederico Gracias, Drums, Percussion - Carlos Tony Gomes, Arranger, Violoncello - Marco Alves, Trombone - Viviena Tupikova, Violin

(P)2018 SME Portugal, Sociedade Unipessoal. Lda.

4
Voltar (Ana Vieira)
00:04:55

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ana Vieira, MainArtist, Vocal - Celina Da Piedade, Accordion - Bruno Silva, Viola - Carlos Barreto, Contrabass - Ana Carolina, Composer - Pedro Moreira, Arranger - João Eleutério, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer - Denys Stetsenko, Violin - Carlos Tony Gomes, Arranger, Violoncello - Marco Alves, Trombone, Vibraphone - Viviena Tupikova, Violin

(P)2018 SME Portugal, Sociedade Unipessoal. Lda.

5
A Corda (Selma Uamusse)
00:03:25

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Arranger, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Celina Da Piedade, Accordion - Bruno Silva, Viola - Carlos Barreto, Contrabass - Ana Carolina, Composer - João Eleutério, Bass - Selma Uamusse, MainArtist, Vocal - Denys Stetsenko, Violin - Carlos Tony Gomes, Arranger, Violoncello - Marco Alves, Trombone - Viviena Tupikova, Violin

(P)2018 SME Portugal, Sociedade Unipessoal. Lda.

6
Rosa (Camané)
00:03:13

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Arranger, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryuichi Sakamoto, Composer - Camane, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tobias Lehmann, Piano - Bruno Silva, Viola - Carlos Barreto, Contrabass - Ana Carolina, Composer - João Eleutério, Electric Guitar - António Leão, Piano - Denys Stetsenko, Violin - Frederico Gracias, Drums, Percussion - Carlos Tony Gomes, Arranger, Violoncello - Marco Alves, Trombone - Viviena Tupikova, Violin - Rodrigo Leão feat. Camane, AssociatedPerformer

(P)2018 SME Portugal, Sociedade Unipessoal. Lda.

7
Guitarra (Selma Uamusse)
00:03:14

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Pedro Ayres Magalhaes, Composer - Bruno Silva, Viola - Carlos Barreto, Contrabass - Adaptaçào Popular, Lyricist - João Eleutério, Bass - Selma Uamusse, MainArtist, Vocal - Pedro Jóia, Acoustic Guitar - Artur Fernandes, Arranger - Denys Stetsenko, Violin - Carlos Tony Gomes, Arranger, Violoncello - Viviena Tupikova, Violin

(P)2018 SME Portugal, Sociedade Unipessoal. Lda.

8
Restos da Vida (Camané)
00:03:32

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Camane, MainArtist, Vocal - Bruno Silva, Viola - Carlos Barreto, Contrabass - Ana Carolina, Composer - João Eleutério, Bass - Pedro Jóia, Acoustic Guitar - António Leão, Piano - Denys Stetsenko, Violin - Frederico Gracias, Drums, Percussion - Carlos Tony Gomes, Arranger, Violoncello - Marco Alves, Trombone - Viviena Tupikova, Violin

(P)2018 SME Portugal, Sociedade Unipessoal. Lda.

9
Segredos (Ana Vieira)
00:04:09

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Piano, Vibraphone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ana Vieira, Composer, MainArtist, Vocal - Celina Da Piedade, Accordion - Bruno Silva, Viola - Carlos Barreto, Contrabass - Ana Carolina, Composer - Pedro Moreira, Arranger - António Leão, Piano - Denys Stetsenko, Violin - Carlos Tony Gomes, Arranger, Violoncello - Marco Alves, Trombone - Viviena Tupikova, Violin

(P)2018 SME Portugal, Sociedade Unipessoal. Lda.

10
Mil Maneiras de Amar (Ana Vieira)
00:03:45

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Menezes, Lyricist - Nuno Cruz, Composer - Ricardo Camacho, Composer - Paulo Marinho, Composer - Gabriel Gomes, Composer - Pedro Oliveira, Composer - Ana Vieira, MainArtist, Vocal - Celina Da Piedade, Accordion - Bruno Silva, Viola - Carlos Barreto, Contrabass - João Eleutério, Electric Guitar - Denys Stetsenko, Violin - Carlos Tony Gomes, Violoncello - Marco Alves, Vibraphone - Viviena Tupikova, Violin

(P)2018 SME Portugal, Sociedade Unipessoal. Lda.

DISC 2

1
Gente Diferente
00:03:27

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

2
Mudar
00:02:54

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

3
As Cidades
00:03:10

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

4
Cidadãos. 01
00:00:39

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

5
Nós E Os Outros
00:02:27

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

6
A Escola
00:03:03

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

7
Os Portugueses. 01
00:00:38

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

8
Cidadãos
00:03:41

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

9
Mudar. 01
00:01:05

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

10
Gente Diferente. 01
00:00:59

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

11
O Café Dos Imigrantes
00:02:44

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

12
As Cidades. 01
00:01:05

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

13
Retratos
00:02:58

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

14
Nós E Os Outros 01
00:01:10

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

15
Um Pais Como Os Outros
00:03:23

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

16
Mudar. 02
00:00:56

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

17
Retratos. 01
00:00:41

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

18
Os Portugueses
00:03:23

Not Documented, Producer - Rodrigo Leão, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Portugal

Album Description

In 2018, Rodrigo Leão, a composer and pianist born in Lisbon in 1964, commemorated 25 years as a solo artist after a decade of immense success with Madredeus, the group he founded alongside Pedro Ayres Magalhães in 1985. Ave Mundi Luminar (Columbia, 1993) was the first milestone in his journey to become one of Portugal's most iconic⁠—and internationally recognised—musicians. This release included the reissue of the soundtrack to a documentary called Portugal, a social portrait (a 2007 television series by Joana Pontes and Antonio Barreto) under the title Os Portugueses (Sony Music, 2018). It features 28 songs, including ten new recordings of tracks originally written for Madredeus (including O Pastor and Guitarra) and Sétima Legião, the pianist’s first band (Mil Maneiras de Amar). One previously unreleased track shines particularly brightly: Restos da vida, performed by Camané, one of today’s greatest Fado singers. Vocalists Selma Uamusse and Ana Vieira also feature in these nostalgic melodies with a chamber music feel, where strings and accordion intertwine with the soft textures of synthesisers and piano.


Rodrigo Leão’s Os Portugueses puts the spotlight on the Portuguese language and traditional instrumental music; a clean, unpretentious offering that resonates with the contemporary preference for minimalism. His intimate exploration of the album’s concepts amplifies the characteristic sound of this creator who more than deserves his place in Portugal’s musical history books. The influence of Madredeus is evident throughout the musician’s style, not only in this particular record and the memories it explores but also in his current projects. This record marks the 25th anniversary of his solo career and is a celebration of current Portuguese music. © Ulyses Villanueva/Qobuz

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