Nelson Freire

Biography

Born: October 8, 1944; Boa Esperança, Brazil   Period: 20th/21st Centuries
Nelson Freire is among the most admired pianists of his generation, having played with the leading orchestras and conductors in the most prestigious recital halls, and in collaboration with the finest violinists, cellists, and fellow pianists. He has also recorded extensively in a wide range of repertory for numerous major labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Philips, and Decca.

Freire was born in Boa Esperança,
Read more Brazil, on October 8, 1944. He was amazingly precocious, taking his first piano lessons from his older sister at age 3 and giving his first public recital, where he played Mozart's A major Sonata, K. 331, at 5. Among his earliest important piano teachers were Nise Obino and Lucia Branco.

At the age of 12, he won the prestigious Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition (1957). There he performed, among other challenging pieces, the Beethoven Concerto No. 5 (the "Emperor"), before a jury consisting of Lili Kraus, Marguerite Long, Guiomar Novaes, and other prominent pianists. He continued piano studies with Bruno Seidlhofer in Vienna under scholarship funds earned with his competition victory. In 1959 he launched his international career, touring Europe, South America, and the Far East, appearing with many of the world's leading orchestras and conductors.

Apparently not satisfied with his credentials, Freire entered the Lisbon-based Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in 1964 and took first prize. His London debut took place in 1968 and his American debut in 1970, when he played Rachmaninov's Fourth Piano Concerto, with the New York Philharmonic under Rudolf Kempe, a conductor with whom he made several successful tours, but typically with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

By the 1970s, Freire was a successful recording artist who would draw particular critical acclaim for his Chopin. Soon he turned to piano duo repertory, often appearing and recording with Martha Argerich. The team's first recording, Rachmaninov's Suite No. 2, Op. 17, and Lutoslawski's Variations on a Theme by Paganini, was released on Philips in 1982. Subsequent recordings of works by Bartók, Ravel, and others appeared over the next two decades. Freire has also collaborated with violinist Gidon Kremer and cellist Mischa Maisky. Freire has remained active in the new century both as a soloist and duo player. In 2005 he scored critical successes in London at the BBC Proms, in Tokyo, and later on tour with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester. Read less

Biography

Born: October 8, 1944; Boa Esperança, Brazil   Period: 20th/21st Centuries
Nelson Freire is among the most admired pianists of his generation, having played with the leading orchestras and conductors in the most prestigious recital halls, and in collaboration with the finest violinists, cellists, and fellow pianists. He has also recorded extensively in a wide range of repertory for numerous major labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Philips, and Decca.

Freire was born in Boa Esperança,
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No.1 in G Major
No.2 in A Flat Major
No.3 in C Sharp Minor
1. Maestoso
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro vivace
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Romance (Larghetto)
3. Rondo (Vivace)
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino semplice
3. Allegro con fuoco
3. Allegro con fuoco
Concert Introduction & Allegro in D Minor, Op.134
Concert Introduction & Allegro in D Minor, Op.134
1. Allegro brioso
2. Andante assai
3. Allegro scherzando
1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
2. Allegro moderato
3. Allegro moderato
4. Allegro animato
1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. Intermezzo (Adagio)
3. Finale (Alla breve)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
Allegro maestoso
Quasi adagio
Allegretto vivace
Allegro animato
Allegro marziale animato
Adagio sostenuto assai
Allegro agitato assai
Allegro moderato
Allegro deciso
Marziale un poco meno allegro
Allegro animato
Villa-Lobos: Children's Carnaval (Carnaval das çriancas) - 1. The Little Pierrot?s Pony (O ginête do pierrozinho)
Villa-Lobos: Children's Carnaval (Carnaval das çriancas) - 2. The Little Devil?s Whip (O chicote do diabinho)
Villa-Lobos: Children's Carnaval (Carnaval das çriancas) - 3. Pierrette?s Ruse (A manha da pierrete)
Villa-Lobos: Children's Carnaval (Carnaval das çriancas) - 4. The Little Domino?s Jingle Bells (Os guizos do dominozinho)
Villa-Lobos: Children's Carnaval (Carnaval das çriancas) - 5. The Little Ragpicker?s Adventures (As peripécias do trapeirozinho)
Villa-Lobos: Children's Carnaval (Carnaval das çriancas) - 6. The Coquette?s Mischievousness (As traquinices do mascarado mignon)
Villa-Lobos: Children's Carnaval (Carnaval das çriancas) - 7. The Fife of a Precocious Daydreamer (A gaita de um precoce fantasiado)
Carmargo Guarnieri: Toccata
Carmargo Guarnieri: Toccata
Fernândez: Tres Estudos em forma de Sonatina - 1. Allegro con brio
Fernândez: Tres Estudos em forma de Sonatina - 2. Moderato
Fernândez: Tres Estudos em forma de Sonatina - 3. Allegro scherzoso
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Introduction et Marche royale du Lion
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Poules et Coqs
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Hémiones (Animaux véloces)
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Tortues
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - L'Eléphant
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Kangourous
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Aquarium
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Personnages à longues oreilles
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Le coucou au fond des bois
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Volières
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Pianistes
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Fossiles
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Le Cygne
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Finale
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 For 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 1. Introduction (Alla marcia)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 For 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 2. Waltz (Presto)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 For 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 3. Romance (Andantino)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 For 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 4. Tarantella (Presto)
Bartók: Concerto For 2 Pianos, Percussion, And Orchestra, Sz.115 - Assai lento - Allegro molto
Bartók: Concerto For 2 Pianos, Percussion, And Orchestra, Sz.115 - Lento ma non troppo
Bartók: Concerto For 2 Pianos, Percussion, And Orchestra, Sz.115 - Allegro ma non troppo
Liszt: 6 Consolations, S. 172 - No. 1 in E major (Andante con moto)
Liszt: 6 Consolations, S. 172 - No. 2 in E major (Un poco più mosso)
Liszt: 6 Consolations, S. 172 - No. 3 in D flat major (Lento, placido)
Liszt: 6 Consolations, S. 172 - No. 4 in D flat major (Quasi adagio)
Liszt: 6 Consolations, S. 172 - No. 5 in E major (Andantino)
Liszt: 6 Consolations, S. 172 - No. 6 in E major (Allegretto, sempre cantabile)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - 1. Non allegro
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - 2. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - 3. Lento assai - Allegro vivace
Bartók: Sonata For 2 Pianos And Percussion, Sz. 110 - 1. Assai lento
Bartók: Sonata For 2 Pianos And Percussion, Sz. 110 - 2. Lento, ma non troppo
Bartók: Sonata For 2 Pianos And Percussion, Sz. 110 - 3. Allegro non troppo
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye, M. 62 - 1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant: Lent
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye, M. 62 - 2. Petit Poucet: Très modéré
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye, M. 62 - 3. Laideronnette, Impératrice des pagodes: Mouvement de Marche
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye, M. 62 - 4. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête: Mouvement de Valse très modéré
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye, M. 62 - 5. Le Jardin féerique: Lent et grave
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, M. 54 - 1. Prélude à la nuit: Modéré
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, M. 54 - 2. Malagueña: Assez vif
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, M.54 - 3. Habanera: En demi-teinte et d'un rhythme las
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, M. 54 - 4. Feria: Assez vif
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - For Piano Duet, M.60 - 1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - For Piano Duet, M.60 - 2. Petit Poucet
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - For Piano Duet, M.60 - 3. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - For Piano Duet, M.60 - 4. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - For Piano Duet, M.60 - 5. Le jardin féerique
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Chorale St. Antoni: Andante
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. I: Andante Con Moto (Poco Più Animato)
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. II: Più Vivace
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. III: Con Moto
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. IV: Andante Con Moto
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. V: Poco Presto (Vivace)
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. VI: Vivace
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. VII: Grazioso
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. VIII: Poco Presto
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Finale: Andante
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two Pianos - 1. Non allegro
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two Pianos - 2. Andante con moto (Tempo di Valse)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two Pianos - 3. Lento assai - allegro vivace
Nocturne No.1 in B flat minor, Op.9 No.1
Nocturne No.2 in E flat, Op.9 No.2
Nocturne No.3 in B, Op.9 No.3
Nocturne No.4 in F, Op.15 No.1
Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, Op.15 No.2
Nocturne No.6 in G minor, Op.15 No.3
Nocturne No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.1
Nocturne No.8 in D flat, Op.27 No.2
Nocturne No.9 in B, Op.32 No.1
Nocturne No.10 in A flat, Op.32 No.2
Nocturne No.11 in G minor, Op.37 No.1
Nocturne No.12 in G, Op.37 No.2
Nocturne No.13 in C minor, Op.48 No.1
Nocturne No.14 in F sharp minor, Op.48 No.2
Nocturne No.15 in F minor, Op.55 No.1
Nocturne No.16 in E flat, Op.55 No.2
Nocturne No.17 in B, Op.62 No.1
Nocturne No.18 in E, Op.62 No.2
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.1 in C major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.2 in A minor
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.3 in E major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.4 in C sharp minor
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.5 in G flat major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.6 in E flat minor
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.7 in C major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.8 in F major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.9 in F minor
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.10 in A flat major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.11 in E flat major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.12 in C minor
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 2. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 4. Finale (Presto)
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Chorale St. Antoni: Andante
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. I: Andante Con Moto (Poco Più Animato)
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. II: Più Vivace
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. III: Con Moto
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. IV: Andante Con Moto
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. V: Poco Presto (Vivace)
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. VI: Vivace
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. VII: Grazioso
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Var. VIII: Poco Presto
Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, "St. Anthony Variations", Op. 56b - Finale: Andante
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two Pianos - 1. Non allegro
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two Pianos - 2. Andante con moto (Tempo di Valse)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two Pianos - 3. Lento assai - allegro vivace
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 1. Danseuses de Delphes
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 2. Voiles
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 3. Le vent dans la plaine
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 5. Les collines d'Anacapri
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 6. Des pas sur la neige
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 9. La sérénade interrompue
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 10. La cathédrale engloutie
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 11. La danse de Puck
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 12. Minstrels
Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 2. Jimbo's Lullaby
Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 3. Serenade For The Doll
Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 4. The Snow Is Dancing
Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 5. The Little Shepherd
Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 6. Golliwogg's Cakewalk
Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto -
Quasi adagio -
Allegretto vivace -
Allegro animato -
Allegro marziale animato
Adagio sostenuto assai -
Allegro agitato assai -
Allegro moderato -
Allegro deciso -
Marziale un poco meno allegro -
Allegro animato
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 For 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 1. Introduction (Alla marcia)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 For 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 2. Waltz (Presto)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 For 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 3. Romance (Andantino)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 For 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 4. Tarantella (Presto)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)
1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
2. Abwesendheit (Andante espressivo)
3. Das Wiedersehn (Vivacissimamente)
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto
3a. Adagio ma non troppo
3b. Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
1. Adagio sostenuto
2. Allegretto
3. Presto
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.1 in C major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.2 in A minor
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.3 in E major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.4 in C sharp minor
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.5 in G flat major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.6 in E flat minor
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.7 in C major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.8 in F major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.9 in F minor
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.10 in A flat major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.11 in E flat major
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - Paderewski Edition - No.12 in C minor
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 2. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 4. Finale (Presto)
1. Préambule
2. Pierrot
3. Arlequin
4. Valse noble
5. Eusebius
6. Florestan
7. Coquette
8. Réplique - Sphinxes
9. Papillons
10. A.S.C.H.-S.C.H.A. (Lettres dansantes)
11. Chiarina
12. Chopin
13. Estrella
14. Reconnaissance
15. Pantalon et Colombine
16. Valse allemande - Intermezzo: Paganini
17. Aveu
18. Promenade
19. Pause
20. Marche des "Davidsbündler" contre les Philistins


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