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Sonata Brasileira - Piano Sonatas by Mehmari; Guarnieri, Villani-Côrtes / Antonio Vaz Lemes, piano

Album Summary

>Mehmari, André : Sonata for Piano in A major
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Piano Sonata
>Amazonas, Marcelo : Sonatina Hommage à Francis Poulenc, for piano
>Villani-Côrtes, Edmundo : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Brazilian rhythms, African roots, European and North American influences, jazz and rock, all rub shoulders in Brazil, as they do in this collection of Brazilian piano sonatas. Antonio Vaz Lemes conceived this album as a reflection of Brazil's diverse musical influences: "we have all these nationalities living together".

Mehmari's Sonata was composed specifically for Antonio Vaz Lemes, using rhapsodic, improvisatory techniques reminiscent of jazz, alongside influences as wide-ranging as Prokofiev, Liszt, and the playful lyricism of Brazilian popular music.

Guarnieri's Sonata takes the listener on a journey from tension, to bitterness, to triumph, while Amazonas' Sonatina is a tribute to the urbane wit of Francis Poulenc.

Villani-Crtes is one of Brazil's most performed living composers, respected both as a popular musician and as a classical composer. On listening to this recording of Antonio Vaz Lemes performing his Sonata, Villani-Crtes declared: "At that moment, I felt my life reached its climax!"

Currently residing in So Paulo, Antonio Vaz Lemes is a Professor at the Municipal School of Arts Initiation .Sonata Brasileira is his first solo album; his collaborative album with countertenor Edson Cordeiro was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France (02/03/2012-02/06/2012).



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Works Details

>Mehmari, André : Sonata for Piano in A major
  • Performer: Antonio Lemes (Piano)
  • Notes: Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France (02/03/2012-02/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Piano Sonata
  • Performer: Antonio Lemes (Piano)
  • Notes: Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France (02/03/2012-02/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Amazonas, Marcelo : Sonatina Hommage à Francis Poulenc, for piano
  • Performer: Antonio Lemes (Piano)
  • Notes: Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France (02/03/2012-02/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Villani-Côrtes, Edmundo : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major
  • Performer: Antonio Lemes (Piano)
  • Notes: Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France (02/03/2012-02/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994