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Brasiliana - Three Centuries Of Brazilian Music / A. Cohen


Release Date: 11/27/2001 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1121   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camargo Mozart GuarnieriHenrique OswaldFrancisco MignoneFrancisco Antonio Braga,   ... 
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Arnaldo Cohen's well-chosen and brilliantly performed cross section of Brazilian piano miniatures spanning three centuries is akin to a huge array of unexpected yet tasty, exquisitely prepared appetizers and desserts decked out on a huge banquet table. Each piece is effectively idiomatic and teeming with charm. Cohen orchestrates his running order to ensure plenty of mood, tempo, and textural contrast. The pianist's generous but never lavish rubato and ample sonority help transform waltzes by Francisco Braga, José Siqueira, Radames Snattali, and Francisco Mignone into beautifully wrought tone poems. And Cohen brings remarkable flair and poise to more virtuosic selections such as 18th-century
Read more composer José Maurício Nunes Garcia's Weber-like Fantasia No. 4 and Cláudio Santoro's rhythmically exuberant, jazz-tinged Paulistanas.


Polka meets chorinho in Ernesto Nazareth's high-register romp, Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho, in contrast to the thumbnail simplicity of Octavio Pinto's little children's pieces. Perhaps Nazareth's Odéon is a bit too straightlaced and lacking in undulating lilt, not unlike how some classical pianists don't quite nail Gershwin's swing. But that's a minor quibble. Let's just hope Brasiliana represents the start of an Arnaldo Cohen/BIS relationship. This marvelous pianist has made way fewer recordings than his protean gifts merit. Superb, informative notes and warm, roomy engineering seal my enthusiastic recommendation.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Dansa negra by Camargo Mozart Guarnieri
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 2000 
2. Ponteios: no 49, Torturando by Camargo Mozart Guarnieri
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 2000 
3. Il neige by Henrique Oswald
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1902; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 2000 
4. Valsa de Esquina No 1 by Francisco Mignone
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2000 
5. Corrupio by Francisco Antonio Braga
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2000 
6. Valsa da dor, W 316 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 2000 
7. A prole do bebê, Book 1, W 140: no 7, Polichinelle by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 2000 
8. (10) Waltzes: No 7 by Radamés Gnattali
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Written: 1939 
Date of Recording: 2000 
9. Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 2000 
10. Coeur blessé by Alexandre Levy
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2000 
11. Paulistanas (7): no 1 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 2000 
12. Paulistanas (7): no 4 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 2000 
13. Valsa Lenta no 4 by Luiz Levy
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Written: 1904 
Date of Recording: 2000 
14. Prelúdio Tropical No 2 by César Guerra Peixe
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Written: 1979 
Date of Recording: 2000 
15. Prelude in F sharp minor, Op 32 by Eduardo Dutra
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2000 
16. Cenas Infantis: March, little soldier! by Octavio Pinto
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Written: 1932 
Date of Recording: 2000 
17. Cenas Infantis: Sleeping time by Octavio Pinto
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Written: 1932 
Date of Recording: 2000 
18. (12) Peças Características: Peça No 3 by Leopoldo Miguez
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2000 
19. (12) Peças Características: Peça No 8 by Leopoldo Miguez
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2000 
20. Solfejo Lessons: D minor by Luiz Alvares Pinto
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2000 
21. Solfejo Lessons: A minor by Luiz Alvares Pinto
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2000 
22. Gaúcho - Tango by Francisca (Chiquinha) Gonzaga
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2000 
23. Fantasia No 4 by José Maurício Nunes Garcia
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2000 
24. Valsa no 3 by José Siqueira
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Written: 1948 
Date of Recording: 2000 
25. Suite antiga for Piano, Op. 11: Air by Alberto Nepomuceno
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 

Sound Samples

7 Paulistanas: Paulistana No. 4
7 Paulistanas: Paulistana No. 1
Negro Dance: Danca Negra
Ponteios No. 49: Ponteio No. 49
Il neige
Valsas de esquina No. 1: Valsa de Esquina No. 1
Corrupio (Valsa-Capricho)
Valsa Lenta No. 4
Preludio Tropical No. 2, "Marcha Abaianada": Preludio Tropical No. 2 (Marcha Abaianada)
Prelude in F sharp minor, Op. 32
Cenas Infantis: March, little soldier!
Cenas Infantis: Sleeping time
12 Pecas Caracteristicas: Pesa No. 3
12 Pecas Caracteristicas: Pesa No. 8
Solfejo Lessons: Lesson No. 24 in A minor
Solfejo Lessons: Lesson No. 21 in D minor
Gaucho - Tango Brasileiro
Suite antiga, Op. 11: Air
Fantasia para Pianoforte No. 4
Prole do bebe No. 1: O Polichinello
Valsa da dor: Valsa da Dor
Valsa No. 7
Valsa No. 3
Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho (I've Got You, Cavaquinho): Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho
Coeur blesse
Congada: (Danca brasileira)
Serenata Espanhola, Op. 1, No. 2: Serenata Espanhola, Op. 1 No. 2
Odeon - Tango Brasileiro
Suite Brasileira No. 2: I. Ponteio
Suite Brasileira No. 2: II. Moda
Suite Brasileira No. 2: III. Caterete

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