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Villa-lobos: Quartet No 16; Brandao / Brazilian Quartet


Release Date: 06/26/2001 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 420   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-LobosRadamés GnattaliJose Vieira BrandaoCesar Guerra-Peixe
Performer:  Santino ParpinelliJaques NirenbergHenrique NirenbergEugen Ranewsky,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Brazilian String Quartet, affiliated with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, has a 48 year history as one of the world's most distinguished ensembles. This CD is devoted to four Brazilian composers of the 20th century. Villa-Lobos needs no introduction. Radames Gnattali settled in Rio di Janeiro permanently in 1931. He became conductor of the city's Radio National Orchestra and became well known because of his arrangements and orchestrations of popular songs. His own serious music was inspired by popular music and was very nationalistic. It contained elements of post romanticism. Jose Vieira Brandao studied piano with the great French pianist Marguerite Long and in 1932 became the assistant to Villa-Lobos as he attempted to Read more reform the music education system of Brazil. For many years he was the President of the Brazil Music Conservatory. Cesar Guerra-Peixe graduated from the Conservatory in 1943 with degrees in piano and composition. His early works were written in the 12-tone idiom which he soon abandoned, adopting a more nationalistic approach which he felt better defined his own musical goals. He did a great deal of research on the subject of Brazilian folk music and taught composition privately for over 30 years. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 16, W 526 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Santino Parpinelli (Violin), Jaques Nirenberg (Violin), Henrique Nirenberg (Viola),
Eugen Ranewsky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Brazil 
Length: 18 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Nocturnes (4) for Piano and Strings by Radamés Gnattali
Performer:  Radamés Gnattali (Piano), Santino Parpinelli (Violin), Jaques Nirenberg (Violin),
Henrique Nirenberg (Viola), Eugen Ranewsky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Length: 20 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Miniatura by Jose Vieira Brandao
Performer:  Santino Parpinelli (Violin), Jaques Nirenberg (Violin), Henrique Nirenberg (Viola),
Eugen Ranewsky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Cesar Guerra-Peixe
Performer:  Santino Parpinelli (Violin), Jaques Nirenberg (Violin), Henrique Nirenberg (Viola),
Eugen Ranewsky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Brazil 
Length: 19 Minutes 56 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 16: I. Allegro non troppo
String Quartet No. 16: II. Molto andante, quasi adagio
String Quartet No. 16: III. Scherzo: Vivace
String Quartet No. 16: IV. Molto allegro
4 Nocturnes: No. 1. Calmo e expressivo
4 Nocturnes: No. 2. Sereno
4 Nocturnes: No. 3. Moderato
4 Nocturnes: No. 4. Apaixonadamente
Miniatura
String Quartet No. 2: I. Allegretto
String Quartet No. 2: II. Presto
String Quartet No. 2: III. Andante
String Quartet No. 2: IV. Allegro - Allegretto maestoso

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