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Santoro: Love Songs & Popular Songs, Etc / Lamosa, Bratke


Release Date: 01/10/2006 
Label:  Quartz Records   Catalog #: 2030   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Rosana LamosaMarcelo Bratke
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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SANTORO Love Songs and Popular Songs for Soprano and Piano . 12 Piano Preludes. Paulistanas Rosana Lamosa (sop); Marcelo Bratke (pn) QUARTZ 2030 (66:46)


In the eloquent liner notes to this release, alas, precious little information is given about the composer other than to say that he was a onetime follower of the Second Viennese School who eventually went back to tonal music in an effort to return to his ethnically Brazilian roots. A little Read more stroll through Wikipedia revealed that Claudio Santoro was born in the cosmopolitan city of Manaus, Amazonia, way up in the northwest corner of Brazil, in 1919, that he had been a violin prodigy, which paved his way into the music conservatory of Rio de Janeiro where, at age 18, he became an instructor of violin, and a composition student of Hans-Joachim Koellreutter, a confirmed atonalist who taught, among others, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Camargo Guarnieri. Both Villa-Lobos and Guarnieri took from Koellreutter that which they deemed valuable, and went their own quite tonal ways. Santoro also made the seemingly mandatory pilgrimage to Paris where he studied with Nadia Boulanger. Along the way he had become an effective conductor who eventually enjoyed fame and veneration in Europe, especially in Germany, where he held several prestigious academic posts. On the other side of the pond, he busied himself in the founding and/or nurturing of a number of orchestras in his native Brazil.


This is my first encounter with Santoro’s music. The samples of it found here were composed after 1955—long after he had turned away from atonalism—and they are distinguished by a disarming directness and lyricism. In typical Brazilian fashion, the worlds of street music, cabaret, and Lieder coexist synergistically. What cannot be seen in the headnote is how these pieces are sequenced. Each song is followed by a piano prelude, which provides a moment of meditative reflection on the song just heard and an effective bridge to the next one. This deft juxtaposition creates an affective blossoming that is greater than the sum of its parts.


Marcelo Bratke’s pianism is beautifully gauged and nuanced, and Rosana Lamosa’s sweet soprano is variously finespun, ravishingly multicolored, and effortlessly powerful in fulfillment to the demands of the music before her. The recording, made in England, is as smooth as silk and as exquisitely shaded as are the performances they convey.


Lauro Machado Coelho’s translated notes state, “Songs like Amor que Partiu, Pregão de Saudade and Cantiga do Ausente constitute some of the most neglected but inspired works in Brazilian 20th century music, on a par, arguably, with German Lied, mélodie française or Russian presnia .” I respectfully disagree. In my opinion, the word “arguably” should be struck from his evaluation. I only wish that translated texts had been provided.


FANFARE: William Zagorski
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Works on This Recording

1.
Acalanto da Rosa by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Rosana Lamosa (Soprano), Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
2.
Prelude for Piano no 1 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946-1948; Brazil 
3.
Amor que partiu by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Rosana Lamosa (Soprano), Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
4.
Prelude for Piano no 2 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
5.
Jardim noturno by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Rosana Lamosa (Soprano), Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
6.
Prelude for Piano no 3 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946-1948; Brazil 
7.
Balada da fior da terra by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Rosana Lamosa (Soprano), Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 4 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Rosana Lamosa (Soprano), Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
9.
A mais dolorosa das estórias by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano), Rosana Lamosa (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
10.
Prelude for Piano no 5 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
11.
Ouve o silêncio by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano), Rosana Lamosa (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
12.
Prelude for Piano no 6 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
13.
Bem pior que a morte by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano), Rosana Lamosa (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
14.
Prelude for Piano no 7 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
15.
Pregao da saudade by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano), Rosana Lamosa (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
16.
Prelude for Piano no 8 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
17.
Alma perdida by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Rosana Lamosa (Soprano), Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
18.
Prelude for Piano no 9 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
19.
Em algum lugar by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano), Rosana Lamosa (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
20.
Prelude for Piano no 10 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
21.
Cantiga do ausente by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Rosana Lamosa (Soprano), Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
22.
Prelude for Piano no 11 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Rosana Lamosa (Soprano), Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
23.
Amor em lágrimas by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Rosana Lamosa (Soprano), Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
24.
Prelude for Piano no 12 by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
25.
Luar do meu bem by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano), Rosana Lamosa (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
26.
Paulistanas (7) by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Brazil 

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