18th-century Portuguese Love Songs
L’Avventura London, Žak Ozmo (dir)
Modinhas, songs of love and loss from the salons of Lisbon 200 years ago, are the forefathers of fado, the Portuguese national song-form that remains popular today. Guitarist Žak Ozmo and his instrumental group L’Avventura London are joined by two Portuguese sopranos, Sandra Medeiros and Joana Seara, and their fervent – occasionally wild – singing is perfect for the intertwining lines and suggestive harmonies of the modinhas. Ozmo’s seven-piece ensemble slips with ease between minuets by composers such as Avondano and Leite and the swing of the Brazilian songs, with harpsichordist David Gordon’s playing particularly well judged.