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
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2... / Nelson Freire
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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
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
1. Allegro con brio
2. Moderato
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
No. 1 in E major (Andante con moto)
No. 2 in E major (Un poco più mosso)
No. 3 in D flat major (Lento, placido)
No. 4 in D flat major (Quasi adagio)
No. 5 in E major (Andantino)
No. 6 in E major (Allegretto, sempre cantabile)
1. Non allegro
2. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
3. Lento assai - Allegro vivace
1. Assai lento
2. Lento, ma non troppo
3. Allegro non troppo
1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant: Lent
2. Petit Poucet: Très modéré
3. Laideronnette, Impératrice des pagodes: Mouvement de Marche
4. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête: Mouvement de Valse très modéré
5. Le Jardin féerique: Lent et grave
1. Prélude à la nuit: Modéré
2. Malagueña: Assez vif
3. Habanera: En demi-teinte et d'un rhythme las
4. Feria: Assez vif
1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
2. Petit Poucet
3. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
4. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
5. Le jardin féerique
Chorale St. Antoni: Andante
Var. I: Andante Con Moto (Poco Più Animato)
Var. II: Più Vivace
Var. III: Con Moto
Var. IV: Andante Con Moto
Var. V: Poco Presto (Vivace)
Var. VI: Vivace
Var. VII: Grazioso
Var. VIII: Poco Presto
Finale: Andante
1. Non allegro
2. Andante con moto (Tempo di Valse)
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
No.1 in C major
No.2 in A minor
No.3 in E major
No.4 in C sharp minor
No.5 in G flat major
No.6 in E flat minor
No.7 in C major
No.8 in F major
No.9 in F minor
No.10 in A flat major
No.11 in E flat major
No.12 in C minor
1. Grave - Doppio movimento
2. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I
3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
4. Finale (Presto)
Chorale St. Antoni: Andante
Var. I: Andante Con Moto (Poco Più Animato)
Var. II: Più Vivace
Var. III: Con Moto
Var. IV: Andante Con Moto
Var. V: Poco Presto (Vivace)
Var. VI: Vivace
Var. VII: Grazioso
Var. VIII: Poco Presto
Finale: Andante
1. Non allegro
2. Andante con moto (Tempo di Valse)
3. Lento assai - allegro vivace
1. Danseuses de Delphes
2. Voiles
3. Le vent dans la plaine
4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
5. Les collines d'Anacapri
6. Des pas sur la neige
7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
9. La sérénade interrompue
10. La cathédrale engloutie
11. La danse de Puck
12. Minstrels
1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
2. Jimbo's Lullaby
3. Serenade For The Doll
4. The Snow Is Dancing
5. The Little Shepherd
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
1. Introduction (Alla marcia)
2. Waltz (Presto)
3. Romance (Andantino)
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
No.1 in C major
No.2 in A minor
No.3 in E major
No.4 in C sharp minor
No.5 in G flat major
No.6 in E flat minor
No.7 in C major
No.8 in F major
No.9 in F minor
No.10 in A flat major
No.11 in E flat major
No.12 in C minor
1. Grave - Doppio movimento
2. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I
3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
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
Moderato, quasi Introduzione
No. 1
No. 2 Prestissimo
No. 3
No. 4 Presto
No. 5 Più andante
No. 6
No. 7 Semplice
No. 8
No. 9 Prestissimo
No. 10 Vivo
No. 11
No. 12 Finale
1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
2. Kuriöse Geschichte
3. Hasche-Mann
4. Bittendes Kind
5. Glückes genug
6. Wichtige Begebenheit
7. Träumerei
8. Am Kamin
9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
10. Fast zu ernst
11. Fürchtenmachen
12. Kind im Einschlummern
13. Der Dichter spricht
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
3. Largo
4. Finale (Presto non tanto)
No. 1 in A flat "Harp Study"
No. 2 in F minor
No. 3 in F
No. 4 in A minor
No. 5 in E minor
No. 6 in G sharp minor
No. 7 in C sharp minor
No. 8 in D flat
No. 9 in G flat, "Butterfly Wings"
No. 10 in B minor
No. 11 in A minor "Winter Wind"
No. 12 in C minor
No.1 in F minor
No.2 in A flat
No. 3 in D flat
1. Introduction (Alla marcia)
2. Waltz (Presto)
3. Romance (Andantino)
4. Tarantella (Presto)
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - 1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant: Lent
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - 2. Petit Poucet: Très modéré
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - 3. Laideronnette, Impératrice des pagodes: Mouvement de Marche
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - 4. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête: Mouvement de Valse très modéré
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - 5. Le Jardin féerique: Lent et grave
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - 1. Prélude à la nuit: Modéré
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - 2. Malagueña: Assez vif
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, M.54 - 3. Habanera: En demi-teinte et d'un rhythme las
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - 4. Feria: Assez vif
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
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
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
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


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