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Album Summary

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Aguas de Março
>Pinto, Antonio Carles Marques : Catendê
>Bonfá, Luiz : Manha de carnaval (Morning of the Carnival), song (a.k.a. "La chanson d'Orphée")
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Study no 8
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Modinha, W 534
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Prelúdio for guitar no 2 in E major, A. 419/2
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Les mères, song for voice & piano, A. 080
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : L'oiseau blessé d'un fléche, song for voice & piano, A. 062
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Gavota-choro, for piano (Marquesa de Santos no 2), A. 396/2
>Gismonti, Egberto : Agua e vinho, for guitar
>Cavalcante, Carlos : Chega de saudade, song
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : A Felicidade
>Powell, Baden : Samba em Prelúdio, song
>Powell, Baden : Retrato Brasileiro (Brazillian Portrait), for guitar
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Desafinado
>Powell, Baden : Consolaçao, song
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Notes & Reviews:

A major attraction of soccer's World Cup, and some would say the very best thing about it, is the musical component, with genre-crossing all-star vocal collaborations the norm. Who can forget Barcelona's unexpected and absolutely stunning duets between Montserrat Caballé and Freddie Mercury? This album may be the first in a flood of releases connected with the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and if the games result in a new appreciation of Brazilian music they will have been well worth it from a musical standpoint. Brazilian music crosses over among classical, pop, and jazz without giving very much thought to the dividing lines, and the mix here touches on some of the major figures from each corner. The three singers and one guitarist are not Brazilian: singers Natalie Dessay and Agnès Jaoui are French; singer Helena Noguerra is Portuguese-Belgian; and guitarist Liat Cohen is French-Israeli. Some of the music is sung in Portuguese, some in French, but even in a French translation Dessay does not sound especially comfortable in Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Waters of March" (here, "Les Eaux de Mars"). Hearing her in Villa-Lobos, however, is an unexpected pleasure. Jaoui and Noguerra, both actresses as well as singers, have a reasonable feel for the material, although one wonders whether a Brazilian singer might not profitably have been included. Perhaps the album's best feature is Erato's studio engineering; the dimensions of the sound are ideal for the music, and the guitar is impressively well recorded. A reasonably satisfying souvenir of the World Cup. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Aguas de Março
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Natalie Dessay (Soprano); Agnes Jaoui (Voice); Helena Noguerra (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Pinto, Antonio Carles Marques : Catendê
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Agnes Jaoui (Voice); Helena Noguerra (Voice)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bonfá, Luiz : Manha de carnaval (Morning of the Carnival), song (a.k.a. "La chanson d'Orphée")
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Agnes Jaoui (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Study no 8
  • Performer: Liat Cohen (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1929.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Modinha, W 534
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1925

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Prelúdio for guitar no 2 in E major, A. 419/2
  • Performer: Liat Cohen (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Les mères, song for voice & piano, A. 080
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : L'oiseau blessé d'un fléche, song for voice & piano, A. 062
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Gavota-choro, for piano (Marquesa de Santos no 2), A. 396/2
  • Performer: Liat Cohen (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Gismonti, Egberto : Agua e vinho, for guitar
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Helena Noguerra (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cavalcante, Carlos : Chega de saudade, song
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Helena Noguerra (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : A Felicidade
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Agnes Jaoui (Voice); Helena Noguerra (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Powell, Baden : Samba em Prelúdio, song
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Agnes Jaoui (Voice); Helena Noguerra (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Powell, Baden : Retrato Brasileiro (Brazillian Portrait), for guitar
  • Performer: Liat Cohen (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Desafinado
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Helena Noguerra (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Powell, Baden : Consolaçao, song
  • Performers: Liat Cohen (Guitar); Natalie Dessay (Soprano); Agnes Jaoui (Voice); Helena Noguerra (Voice)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary