Santoro, Guarnieri, Braga, Pinto, Villa-Lobos, Nazareth, Gnattali, etc

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COMPOSERS: Braga,etc,Gnattali,Guarnieri,Nazareth,Pinto,Santoro,Villa-Lobos
LABELS: BIS
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Brasiliana
WORKS: Works
PERFORMER: Arnaldo Cohen (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CD-1121
The 31 tracks here represent 21 composers, from two ‘Lessons’ by Luiz Álvares Pinto (1719-89), which are the earliest known Brazilian keyboard pieces, to Cláudio Santoro and César Guerra-Peixe, both of whom died a few years ago when 69 and 79 respectively. No one very up to the minute, then, and the

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majority of pieces are from the late 19th or early 20th centuries, many – like Villa-Lobos’s well-known O Polichinello – ideal for encores: short novelties that are rhythmic and witty, sometimes lightly sentimental, but never taking themselves too seriously. Guerra-Peixe’s Preludio tropical No. 2 is about the most dissonant – a quirky bi-modal invention strung on an ostinato. Henrique Oswald’s Il neige

is a charmingly delicate moto perpetuo. Camargo Guarnieri’s Ponteio No. 49 has a Romantic sweep reminiscent of Rachmaninoff, but with Brazilian rhythmic detail. Francisco Mignone’s Valsa de

Esquina No. 1 has intriguingly irregular phrases, and Ernesto Nazareth’s catchy polka, Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho, exploits only the top half of the keyboard to irresistible effect.

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In short, a box of treats, most musically played by Arnaldo Cohen and with lovely recorded sound. Adrian Jack