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Rogério Godinho, in creating "ETERNO REGRESSO" had the primary objective of constructing something aesthetic, poetic and harmonious, both musical and image level, looking in the simplicity of each frame the depth of the words that make up the lyrics of the songs.
From the first to the last song of the CD, he's telling a story about something that a lot of people feel in today's society. The theme is the need for CHANGE, from someone who intended to give a new direction to their life, looking for new opportunities. The character is someone who felt "missing the future", of what did not live. Thus, with this power that came from within, he decided to go to Brazil, to Rio de Janeiro, making this boat trip, inspired by the strength and courage of the Portuguese navigators, seeking new challenges and new sensations.
The character, along this physical journey, is experiencing different states of soul, making several psychological trips that music will transmit. After a somewhat troubled trip, the arrival in Rio de Janeiro had the power to open a new world, full of expectations. At last, the change that he longed for! He had arrived at a Brazil that had taken him away, thinking he would be his house from that moment forward.
After a few years in Brazil, where, besides Rio de Janeiro, she was also in São Paulo, the character felt, at one point, that the "oxygen balloon" that the change had given began to empty, feeling, in his intimate, that probably the time of the return to Portugal and Lisbon would have arrived.
Once this feeling appeared, he decided to start the journey back to "his" Lisbon. This time, the tripo of returning is made more calmly, passing through the same places where I had come, but looking at them in another way - with the look of whoever did everything to follow the path he considered to be the best, with a feeling of duty fulfilled to himself. With the look of someone who has grown and became more complete as a person, after all these new experiences, different landscapes, different smells and dealing with different people, with different concepts of life but simultaneously with much in common.
The story ends with the arrival in Lisbon, returning to the Fado with which everything began, in an Eternal Return to what he always was, because everyone "is what their memories allow" ...
The booklet that accompanies the physical CD is itself a photographic work, despite the evident space constraints.
Rogério Godinho has been developing a very personal style, both with regard to the songs he composes and his interpretation of other authors' songs.
His compositions are a reflection of his great influences - Fado, Jazz, MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) and classical music, being Amália Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo, Bernardo Sassetti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Esbjorn Sevensson, Chico Buarque, Maria Bethania, Tom Jobim, Jacques Morelenbaum, Caetano Veloso, Puccini, Plácido Domingo, some of the artists that marked him the most.
In "Eterno Regresso", there are only three versions, of widely known themes - João and Maria (Sivuca/Chico Buarque), Portrait in White and Black (Tom Jobim / Chico Buarque) and Lisboa Menina e Moça (Paulo de Carvalho), with arrangements with his personal stamp. The remaining 12 themes are written by Rogério Godinho.
In this work, there was a great concern to achieve a sound as faithful as possible to the instruments, without artifacts, in which in harmony of the whole one could listen to each of them, since this music is rich in subtle details.
The instruments of strings play an important role in this project, which had a total of 15 musicians, carefully chosen to obtain the desired sonority. They were:
Rogério Godinho (piano / voice)
César Gonçalves (cello)
André Ferreira (double bass)
André Mota (drums)
David Ribeiro (Portuguese guitar)
Daniel Bolito (violin)
Pedro Lopes (violin)
Leonor Fleming (viola)
Francisco Sales (electric guitar)
Ricardo Toscano (clarinet)
Carlos Teixeira (transverse flute)
Tânia Lopes (percussion)
Francisco Gaspar (double bass)
Luzia Vieira (double bass)
Joana Bolito (oboe)
In "ETERNO REGRESSO", the film plays a fundamental role in the concept of this work, of marked cinematographic influence.
With a narrative that guides us from the first to the last song of the CD, the idea was to create a film (short film style) for each song, material that will be shown during the concerts, whenever there are technical conditions for projection.
Thus, Rogério Godinho, who made and edited most of the films, challenged other videographers to participate in the project:
- Sérgio Marques, who made the films of the "Cântico Negro", "Child I Was", "Somos o que a memória deixa"
- Mariza Fonseca and Marcella Nunes (COLETIVO PRO), who made the films in which the action takes place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - "Cheguei" and "Vivências"
- Marco Maia, who made the films in which the action takes place in São Paulo (Brazil), with the edition of Marília Lino - "João e Maria" and "Retrato em Branco e Preto"
As camera men, Américo Lobato and André Godinho also took part.
In "ETERNO REGRESSO" each word was chosen with intent, trying to convey feelings resulting from the various psychological journeys that the character had been experiencing throughout the story.
Consecrated poets like Fernando Pessoa and José Régio are part of this work, as well as the promising Portuguese poet Paula Fonseca. Rogério Godinho is the author of the remaining lyrics of the original songs.
The voice of the reciter Pedro Clemente dos Reis appears in the project reciting the poem "Cantico Negro", by José Régio.