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Sounds Of Brazil - Nazareth, Pixinguinha, Zarvos, Etc / Quintet Of The Americas


Release Date: 04/14/2009 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1279   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaudenci Thiago de MelloErnesto NazarethPixinguinhaRicardo Romaneiro,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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SOUNDS OF BRAZIL Qnt of the Americas; Gaudencio Thiago de Mello (organic perc); Blair McMillen (pn); Scott Kuney (gtr) 1 MSR 1279 (61:53)


de MELLO (arr. Wolf) Chants: Uirapurú do Amazonas; 1 Canoa furada. O canto da Yara. A Hug for Tiberio. A Hug for Pixinga. Varre-Vento. Pra Read more dormir na rede. NAZARETH Apanhei-te cavaquinho (arr. Quint). Brajeiro (arr. Quint). Odeon (arr. Oldham). Escorregando (arr. Quint). PIXINGUINHA As proesas de Nolasco (arr. M. Granados). ROMANEIRO Ventos. ZARVOS Changes


This is a most enchanting release. It traces the evolution of Brazilian music from one of its indigenous roots as exemplified by the seven songs, interwoven throughout the program, of contemporary composer Gaudencio Thiago de Mello who grew up in the Amazonian rain forest and is saturated by its spirit. He proves to be a striking melodist whose tunes, given the fine arrangements here and accompanied by their composer playing organic percussion, provide a recurring reference point as the listener is taken through the music of the pioneering Ernesto Nazareth (1863–1934), through that of Pixinguinha (the composer of Tica tica non fuba ) toward that of the most traditionally trained Ricardo Romaneiro and Marcelo Zarvos. Their two pieces were originally scored for the instrumentation encountered here, and though they are the most formally studied of the lot, they, paradoxically, elucidate and amplify their composers’ ethnic heritage in vivid colors.


Brazil has largely been terra incognita as far as most readers of Fanfare (dedicated to “serious record collectors”) are concerned. In past pieces for this and other publications, I have noted that in Brazil the demarcation between jazz, pop, and “serious” music doesn’t exist. Heitor Villa-Lobos consistently worked within that paradigm and provided pieces that still undermine our notion of what is truly classical while, at the same time, becoming so. In Villa-Lobos’s mind, Euro-centric procedures were not essential, but they could provide the means to enhance the native musical languages he loved, explored, and pursued.


Ernesto Nazareth (1863–1934) was the first Brazilian composer to meld European and North American musical forms with indigenous accents, paving the way for Pixinguinha, Villa-Lobos, and all the subsequent composers on this offering. Incidentally, Nazareth’s Brajeiro was cribbed by Darius Milhaud in his ballet, Le boeuf sur le toit . Nazareth, alas, sold the rights to that most popular and enduring Brazilian tango for a proverbial song.


The virtuosic prowess of these performing musicians, aided by MSR’s airy and detailed sound, offers a most satisfying and enligzhtening odyssey. Before I leave this review, a definition of the term “organic percussion” is in order. Gaudencio Thiago de Mello creates his percussion instruments from things he finds naturally growing in the Amazon rainforest. One cannot be more indigenous than that.


FANFARE: William Zagorski
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chants for the Chief (10): no 2, Uirapurú do Amazonas by Gaudenci Thiago de Mello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York, USA 
2.
Chants for the Chief (10): no 10 by Gaudenci Thiago de Mello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
3.
A Hug for Tiberio by Gaudenci Thiago de Mello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
4.
A Hug for Pixinguinha by Gaudenci Thiago de Mello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York, USA 
5.
Varre-vento by Gaudenci Thiago de Mello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Pra dormir na Rede by Gaudenci Thiago de Mello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho by Ernesto Nazareth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Brazil 
8.
Brejeiro by Ernesto Nazareth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; Brazil 
9.
Odeon by Ernesto Nazareth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Brazil 
10.
Escorregando "Tango brasileiro" by Ernesto Nazareth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Brazil 
11.
As Proesas de Nolasco by Pixinguinha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
12.
Ventos by Ricardo Romaneiro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas
Period: 20th Century 
13.
Changes by Marcelo Zarvos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintet of the Americas

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