Notes & Reviews:
For this album, accomplished guitarist Flávio Apro selected pieces from nine different composers, all representative of the evolution of classical Brazilian guitar music during the late 19th & 20th centuries. What connects many of these luminaries is their use of European dance forms that they then mould into something different by injecting elements of Brazilian musical tradition. Mr. Apro, a specialist in chamber music, is also a highly respected teacher, producer and researcher. This is his second recording for Brilliant Classics, alongside the recently released Nocturne.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Flavio Apro holds a doctorate form Sao Paolo University and is the author of a large body of research on Brazilian music. He is also a very fine player - with a solid technique, warm phrasing, and an infectious rhythmic sense - as well as an imaginative programmer.
In his latest recording, “The Brazilian Guitar”, the internationally acclaimed virtuoso Flavio Apro presents music from a representative cross-section of mostly Brazilian composers; the exception being the piece “Sonata del Caminante” by the great Cubano guitarist/composer Leo Brouwer, inspired by and evocative of his travels in Brazil.
With its mixture of traditional folk elements, European dance forms, and modernist spirit, the music presented here is, at once, melodic and complex infectious and introspective; even at its most challenging (the previously mentioned Brouwer composition, for example) it is never less than interesting.
Mr. Apro’s playing and arrangements are brilliant, technically flawless, yet passionate and personal, which makes “The Brazilian Guitar” a must-have for guitar and/or composition students, as well as for the more open-minded general listener.
Highest Recommendation 10 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano
Submitted on 10/31/14 by Oscar O. Veterano
Louise Farrenc (1804-1875): Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2, Opp. 30-31 / Quintetto Bottesini
Fantasia Mexicana: Mexican Guitar Music by Manuel Ponce, Angel Ramirez & Julio Cesar Oliva / Rodolfo Perez, guitar
Vita de la Mia Vita - Ricercares, Dances, Madrigals & Villanellas on four lutes by Guami, Gastoldi, da Milano, Palestrina et al. / Quartetto di Liuti da Milano
Les Rois de Versailles - Early & middle Baroque works for lute by Robert de Visée and Germain Pinel / Miguel Yisrael, 11-course Baroque lute
Hummel: Complete Piano Trios / Alessandro Deljavan, piano; Daniela Cammarano, violin; Luca Magariello, cello
Jennifer Higdon (b.1962): Cold Mountain, opera / Nathan Gunn, baritone; Isabel Leonard, Emily Fons, mezzo-soprano; The Santa Fe Opera Orch., Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Simeon ten Holt (1923-2012): Incantatie IV for three pianos / Jeroen van Veen, Sandra van Veen & Tamara Rumiantsev, pianos
Zemlinsky: A Ray of Light - Complete Piano Music / Emanuele Torquati, piano
Nico Muhly: Cello Concerto; Ernest Bloch: Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, et al. / Zuill Bailey, cello; Indianopolis SO; Märkl