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Brasilerio - Villa-Lobos & Friends / Nelson Freire, piano

Audio Samples

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : O ginete do Pierrozinho, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 1), A. 157/1
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : O chicote do diabinho, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 2), A. 157/2
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A manha de Pierrete, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 3), A. 157/3
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Os guizos do dominozihno, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 4), A. 157/4
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : As peripecias do trapeirozinho, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 5), A. 157/5
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : As traquinces do mascarado Mignon, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 6), A. 157/6
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A gaita de um precoce fastasiado, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 7), A. 157/7
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 5 for Piano "Alma brasileira"
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A mare encheu, for piano (Guia Pratico, for piano, Album 1/2), A. 277/2
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Valsa da dor, W 316
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Saudades das selvas brasileiras, for piano, A. 226
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Pobre cega, for piano (Cirandas no 5; "Toada de rede"), A. 220/5
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A canoa virou, for piano (Cirandas no 14), A. 220/14
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A Lenda do Caboclo, W 166
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Danca negra
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Ponteio, for piano, no 24
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Toccata
>Oswald, Henrique : Valse Lente, for piano
>Levy, Alexandre Pierre : Tango Brasileiro, for piano
>Netto, Barrozo : Minha Terra, for piano
>Fernândez, Oscar Lorenzo : Tres estudos em forma de Sonatina, for piano
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A gatinha de papelao, for piano (A Prole do bebe Book 2/2), A. 180/2
>Santoro, Claudio : Paulistanas
>     Paulistana n.1
>Santoro, Claudio : Toccata, for piano
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : New York Skyline Melody, for piano, A. 407
>Mignone, Francisco : Valse elegante, for piano
>Mignone, Francisco : Quatro Pecas Brasileiras
>     1. Maroca
>Mignone, Francisco : Congada

Album Summary

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : O ginete do Pierrozinho, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 1), A. 157/1
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : O chicote do diabinho, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 2), A. 157/2
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A manha de Pierrete, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 3), A. 157/3
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Os guizos do dominozihno, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 4), A. 157/4
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : As peripecias do trapeirozinho, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 5), A. 157/5
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : As traquinces do mascarado Mignon, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 6), A. 157/6
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A gaita de um precoce fastasiado, for piano (Carnaval das criancas no 7), A. 157/7
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 5 for Piano "Alma brasileira"
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A mare encheu, for piano (Guia Pratico, for piano, Album 1/2), A. 277/2
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Valsa da dor, W 316
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Saudades das selvas brasileiras, for piano, A. 226
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Pobre cega, for piano (Cirandas no 5; "Toada de rede"), A. 220/5
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A canoa virou, for piano (Cirandas no 14), A. 220/14
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A Lenda do Caboclo, W 166
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Danca negra
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Ponteio, for piano, no 24
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Toccata
>Oswald, Henrique : Valse Lente, for piano
>Levy, Alexandre Pierre : Tango Brasileiro, for piano
>Netto, Barrozo : Minha Terra, for piano
>Fernândez, Oscar Lorenzo : Tres estudos em forma de Sonatina, for piano
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A gatinha de papelao, for piano (A Prole do bebe Book 2/2), A. 180/2
>Santoro, Claudio : Paulistanas
>Santoro, Claudio : Toccata, for piano
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : New York Skyline Melody, for piano, A. 407
>Mignone, Francisco : Valse elegante, for piano
>Mignone, Francisco : Quatro Pecas Brasileiras
>Mignone, Francisco : Congada
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire's eagerly awaited new album, Brasileiro: Villa-Lobos & Friends, pays tribute to his country's greatest composer, Heitor villa-Lobos, upon the 125th anniversary of his birth

In containing Freire's personal choice of rarely recorded pieces by seven other lesser-known Brazilian composers whose music helped shape his artistic personality during his formative early years, the album also offers a sonic "portrait of the pianist as a young man"

Comprising works that roughly span the seventy or so years of Villa-Lobos's own lifetime, Freire's chosen repertoire chronicles the efforts of three generation of Brazilain composer to forge a recognizable national musical language out of an amalgam of European influences and indigenous folk and popular styles

In combination with his trademark technical mastery and legendary sense of melodic line, Nelson Freire's quintessentially Latin American temperament and innate sense of rhythmic ease ensure that he brings a uniquely authentic touch to the rarely heard piano music of his native land

The Guardian, August 2012
Freire characterises and colours each one inimitably, never searching for emotional depths that aren't there, nor attempting to confer profundity on music that is mostly intended simply to be enjoyed...if there is a more perfectly played piano disc released this year, we will be very lucky indeed.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
Freire's kind of artistry raises [the repertoire] to an entirely different level. There's plenty of flair and soul, yet the playing is always crystalline and precise, perfectly pedalled, the colours as subtle as a Debussy prelude...Just drop-dead gorgeous repertoire and performances: I don't think I've enjoyed any piano recording more this year.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
These are arranged to supply the greatest contrast. Freire knows this music inside out and lavishes on it all the spirit, love, and affection one could wish for. He has a glint in his eyes in the portrait on the front of the booklet. It's as if he is saying to himself, I challenge you to resist this. I suspect none will be able to do so. Good notes, good sound. This is a must purchase item.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
Freire presents a masterlcass in nonchalant playfulness, capturing to perfection the charm of a composer often criticised for being too fecund and unselfcritical but here heard at his best...Freire is a class act - and 'Brasiliero', immaculately recorded by the way, is sheer delight from start to finish.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg (02/21/2012-02/25/2012).

While Nelson Freire is world famous as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Frédéric Chopin, he is well known in Brazil as a brilliant exponent of the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and other composers of his country. Brasileiro is a 2012 release on Decca that explores Freire's lifelong relationship with his compatriots' music, and reveals him to be as eloquent in their colorful pieces as he is in the European classics. Serving up a generous program of solo piano music by Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri, Henrique Oswald, Alexandre Levy, Joaquim Antônio Barrozo Netto, Oscar Lorenzo Fernández, Claudio Santoro, and Francisco Mignone, Freire demonstrates that it is all highly sophisticated fare, often as cosmopolitan as it is concentrated with local flavors. Villa-Lobos certainly reflects both in his charming character pieces, which show a blending of dreamy impressionism with witty neo-classicism, while the dance impulse is particularly strong in many of the selections by other composers, along with suggestions of Brazilian folk songs and moody scene painting. The sound of this recording is generally soft and warm, suffused with a resonant ambience that lends a special glow to Freire's playing, though without blurring his crisp attacks and lively rhythms. ~ Blair Sanderson



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Works Details

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : O ginete do Pierrozinho, for piano (Carnaval das crianças no 1), A. 157/1
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : O chicote do diabinho, for piano (Carnaval das crianças no 2), A. 157/2
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A manha de Pierrete, for piano (Carnaval das crianças no 3), A. 157/3
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Os guizos do dominozihno, for piano (Carnaval das crianças no 4), A. 157/4
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : As peripécias do trapeirozinho, for piano (Carnaval das crianças no 5), A. 157/5
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : As traquinces do mascarado Mignon, for piano (Carnaval das crianças no 6), A. 157/6
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A gaita de um precoce fastasiado, for piano (Carnaval das crianças no 7), A. 157/7
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 5 for Piano "Alma brasileira"
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A maré encheu, for piano (Guia Prático, for piano, Album 1/2), A. 277/2
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Valsa da dor, W 316
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1932

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Saudades das selvas brasileiras, for piano, A. 226
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Pobre cega, for piano (Cirandas no 5; "Toada de rede"), A. 220/5
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A canoa virou, for piano (Cirandas no 14), A. 220/14
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A Lenda do Caboclo, W 166
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Dança negra
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Ponteio, for piano, no 24
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Toccata
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Oswald, Henrique : Valse Lente, for piano
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz

>Levy, Alexandre Pierre : Tango Brasileiro, for piano
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Netto, Barrozo : Minha Terra, for piano
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Oscar Lorenzo Fernández (1897 - 1948) : Três estudos em forma de Sonatina, for piano
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A gatinha de papelao, for piano (A Prole do bebê Book 2/2), A. 180/2
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Santoro, Claudio : Paulistanas :: Paulistana n.1
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Santoro, Claudio : Toccata, for piano
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : New York Skyline Melody, for piano, A. 407
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Mignone, Francisco : Valse élégante, for piano
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz

>Mignone, Francisco : Quatro Peças Brasileiras :: 1. Maroca
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mignone, Francisco : Congada
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921