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Portuguese Music for Piano Duo


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This precious collection of piano-four-hands works from the foremost musical minds of Portugal in the 20th and 21st centuries can serve as a welcome introduction to the classical music of Portugal for those who may not know it. But there is a greater significance and added value to this thoughtful recital programme, in that it traces back the genealogy of modern Portuguese classical composition – and pianism! – to roots firmly planted in German Romantic soil. It links the living composers to their teacher and inspiration, the great composer–ethnographer Fernando Lopes-Graça who undertook research into Portuguese folk music on a par with what Vaughan Williams and Bartók & Kodály did in their own nations, and then links Lopes-Graça back to his piano professor, the great virtuoso and music educator José Viana da Mota, himself a pupil and disciple of Liszt. The album opens fittingly with a set of Portuguese Folk Melody treatments by Lopes-Graça, the third in his three-volume set being dedicated exclusively to piano four hands. Immediately, the national colour welcomes listeners to the distinct ethnicity of Europe’s far southwestern corner, a historic and pre-historic crossroads for Celtic, Roman, Gothic and Moorish cultures. This is followed by the Sonatina of his student, Sérgio Azevedo, bristling with the Neoclassicism he inherited from Lopes-Grac¸a. Then to the wellspring, Viana da Mota’s Opus 7 singing with a Mendelssohnian lyricism, yet nonetheless tinged with the innate longing of the Portuguese soul. The expressionistic, effusive atonality of Lapa’s Storyboard returns the listener to the modern era, and to finish, Victorino d’Almeida’s heartfelt Ballad (for a child about to be born) embraces melody and tonality once again, from a post-modern vantagepoint.
Facts
Item number BRI96095
Barcode 5028421960951
Release date 1/22/2021
Category Classical Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Madeira, Lígia
Non-Classical Artist Duarte, Luís
Disc: 1
Melodias rústicas portuguesas, Book 300:15:00
1 I. Canto do S. João ( Song for Saint John the Bapt 00:01:30 Madeira, Lígia Duarte, Luís
2 II. Este ladrão novo… (This new robber…) 00:00:52 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
3 III. Deus te salve, ó Rosa (God help you, Rosa) 00:01:18 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
4 IV. S'nhora da Póvoa (Our Lady of Póvoa) 00:00:46 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
5 V. Oração de S. José (Prayer to Saint Joseph) 00:01:31 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
6 VI. Pastoril transmontano (Pastorale from Trás-os- 00:00:52 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
7 VII. A Virgem se confessou (The Virgin confessed) 00:01:33 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
8 VIII. Canção de berço (Cradle song) 00:01:16 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
9 IX. Ó da Malva, ó da Malvinha! (Threshing Song) 00:01:31 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
10 X. Martírios (Torments) 00:02:05 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
11 XI. Maragato son (I am a Maragato) 00:00:54 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
Sonatina for Piano 4 Hands00:11:00
12 I. Entrada 00:05:07 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
13 II. Andantino 00:02:32 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
14 III. Giocoso 00:02:57 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
Erinnerungen (Souvenirs), Op. 700:16:00
15 I. Danksagung (Remerciement) 00:02:54 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
16 II. Pastorale 00:03:34 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
17 III. Geburtstag (Le Jour de naissance) 00:05:40 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
18 IV. Gekränkt (Offense) 00:01:42 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
19 V. Scherzo 00:04:19 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
20 VI. Walzer–Humoreske (Valse–Humoresque) 00:01:09 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
6 Miniatures for Piano 4 Hands, "Storyboard"00:10:00
21 No. 1. Véspera de verão (The day before summer) 00:02:26 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
22 No. 2. As pombas no telhado (Doves on the roof) 00:01:21 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
23 No. 3. Aparição (Apparition) 00:01:26 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
24 No. 4. Silêncio branco (White silence) 00:02:41 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
25 No. 5. Um fósforo na madrugada (A match burning at 00:01:12 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
26 No. 6. O milagre das rosas (The miracle of roses) 00:01:24 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
Balada, Op. 12600:07:00
27 Balada, Op. 126 00:07:27 Duarte, Luís Madeira, Lígia
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