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Radamés Gnattali: 'Alma Brasileira' - Chamber Works / Franz Halász, guitar; Débora Halász, piano

Album Summary

>Gnattali, Radamés : Sonatina for guitar & piano no 2
>Gnattali, Radamés : Alma brasileira, for guitar
>Gnattali, Radamés : Dansa brasileira, for guitar
>Gnattali, Radamés : Petite Suite, for guitar
>Gnattali, Radamés : Toccata em ritmo de samba, for guitar no 1
>Gnattali, Radamés : Saudade, slow choro for guitar
>Gnattali, Radamés : Toccata em ritmo de samba, for guitar no 2
>Gnattali, Radamés : Sonata for guitar & cello
>Gnattali, Radamés : Moto contínuo, for piano
>Gnattali, Radamés : Negaceando, for piano
>Gnattali, Radamés : Canhoto
>Gnattali, Radamés : Vaidosa, for piano no 1
>Gnattali, Radamés : Capoeirando, for piano
>Gnattali, Radamés : Trapaceando, for piano
>Gnattali, Radamés : Manhosamente, for piano
>Gnattali, Radamés : Batuque, for piano
>Gnattali, Radamés : Toccata for piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

His parents, Italian immigrants to Brazil, named Radamés Gnattali after the male lead in Verdi's Aida, and his mother began to teach him the piano at the age of six. But even though he did become a highly skilled pianist, performing Tchaikovsky's piano concerto in B flat at Rio de Janeiro's Teatro Municipal at the age of 23, it was as a composer (and arranger) of music of a distinctly Brazilian cast that he would make his name. Gnattali developed an individual style, which today might be called cross-over, by infusing inflexions of popular music into a classical framework, over a fluid harmonic technique. Jaunty rhythms and striking melodic lines appear in a wholly uncontrived manner: they formed his everyday working material, as an arranger of popular music for record companies and radio stations. When composing concert music Gnattali usually did so for musicians that he collaborated with in popular music, such as the guitarist Laurindo Almeida, as well as for himself. A large production includes works for a great variety of scorings, but for this disc Franz and Débora Halász have chosen to present chamber and solo works for guitar and piano, inviting the cellist Wen-Sinn Yang to join in for the composer's Sonata for guitar and cello. As reflected in some of the titles, Brazilian dance forms (samba, batuque, choro) play an important role in this music, which for a long time was disregarded by a musical establishment suspicious of its great fluency and popular appeal; music which in every bar expresses the soul of Brazil - Alma brasileira.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2015
The music of the hugely prolific Brazilian pianist, composer and arranger Radames Gnattali is so fluent and attractive that it's hard to believe that those very qualities worked against his being recognised as a serious artist in this lifetime and beyond...Debora Halasz brings a potent expressivity and obvious authority to the piano music...Franz Halasz is, however, equally at home in the solo guitar music.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
This is the second recording devoted entirely to the music of Radames Gnattali reviewed in these pages. The first (J/F 2011), by Marc Regnier with various partners, duplicates the cello and guitar sonata and the guitar solos 'Ritmo de Samba' (1 and 2), 'Danca Brasileira', and 'Saudade'. That program was warmly reviewed, but this is even better. Gnattali was a friend of my major professor, Juan Mercadal, and wrote his Concerto Copacabana for him. I regard him as Brazil's second composer, in the shadow of Villa-Lobos. He was amazingly prolific, with compositions and arrangements numbering well over 10,000. His voice is clearly grounded in the vernacular music of Brazil, but with a distinct connection to European neo-classicism. Though a virtuoso pianist by training, he writes idiomatically (and inventively) for guitar.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013); Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013/02/2014); Theater München, Germany (07/2013/02/2014).



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>Gnattali, Radamés : Sonatina for guitar & piano no 2
  • Performers: Debora Halasz (Piano); Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Alma brasileira, for guitar
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (02/2014); Theater München, Germany (02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Dansa brasileira, for guitar
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (02/2014); Theater München, Germany (02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Petite Suite, for guitar
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (02/2014); Theater München, Germany (02/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Toccata em ritmo de samba, for guitar no 1
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (02/2014); Theater München, Germany (02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Saudade, slow choro for guitar
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (02/2014); Theater München, Germany (02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Toccata em ritmo de samba, for guitar no 2
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (02/2014); Theater München, Germany (02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Sonata for guitar & cello
  • Performers: Franz Halasz (Guitar); Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Gnattali, Radamés : Moto contínuo, for piano
  • Performer: Debora Halasz (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Negaceando, for piano
  • Performer: Debora Halasz (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Canhoto
  • Performer: Debora Halasz (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Vaidosa, for piano no 1
  • Performer: Debora Halasz (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Capoeirando, for piano
  • Performer: Debora Halasz (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Trapaceando, for piano
  • Performer: Debora Halasz (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Manhosamente, for piano
  • Performer: Debora Halasz (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Batuque, for piano
  • Performer: Debora Halasz (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gnattali, Radamés : Toccata for piano
  • Performer: Debora Halasz (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (07/2013); Theater München, Germany (07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern