Teresa Salgueiro has been making solo albums since 2006, but 2012's O Mistério marks a new point of departure for the internationally revered Portuguese singer. All of her previous records were content to present Salgueiro in the role of sublime interpreter and/or musical anthropologist, as she explored the musical heritage of Portuguese, Brazilian, and Italian culture. O Mistério, on the other hand, is the first album of original material credited to her name, and to her notable cast of supporting musicians: Carisa Marcelino (accordion), Óscar Torres (double bass), André Filipe Santos (guitar), and Rui Lobato (drums and percussion); Lobato also co-produces, together with Salgueiro and António Pinheiro da Silva, who had worked with the singer on several Madredeus' albums.
Teresa Bright is a Hawaiian singer who regularly records traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. She studied jazz vocals when she was younger, and occasionally used it on a few of her recordings. This CD, on her own label, allowed her to sing in a manner that is different from her more well known work. The closest person I could compare her to would be Lani Hall (Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66, and wife of Herb Alpert).
One of the most important missions of the work of the 441 Hz Chamber Choir is performing and promoting contemporary choral music. On a daily basis, the ensemble, under the direction of Anna Wilczewska, carries out a busy concert schedule, performing mainly contemporary music repertoire. This album is a presentation of contemporary choral music originating from countries of the North, mainly from Scandinavia. The album is filled with the diversity of creative inspiration, free references to the folklore, customs and savage northern nature, and originality of the compositional techniques. All this contributes to a broad musical panorama constructed from the works of eleven composers, which, despite this fact, constitutes a coherent, homogeneous whole, which is brilliantly performed by the ensemble.