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Encantamento / Brazilian Guitar Quartet


Release Date: 12/04/2001 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francisco MignoneCamargo Mozart GuarnieriClaudio SantoroRonaldo Miranda,   ... 
Performer:  Paul GalbraithEdelton GloedenEverton GloedenTadeu do Amaral
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Those looking for folk and popular influenced Brazilian rhythms and melodies should look elsewhere; the Brazilian Guitar Quartet has instead chosen to concentrate most of this new release on guitar transcriptions permeated by the gentle melancholy of an earlier South American musical era, and a wealthier social class. Miranda's Variations, Mignone's Lenda Sertaneja No. 8, and Oswald's Il neige...! all explore a haunting Chopinesque vein with good results. The last of these compositions is particularly memorable, with its quietly troubled theme, two-against-three meter, and effective use of counterpoint (whose popular and regular use in Brazil predates Villa-Lobos, contrary to popular belief).

The work's composer,
Read more Henrique Oswald, was trained in France and Italy in the late 19th century. Il neige...! won first prize in a composition contest sponsored by the Parisian publication, Le Figaro, in 1902. (The jury included Diémer, Saint-Saëns, and Faure.) All three of his compositions presented here reveal a combination of accessibility and distinction within established forms. His tender Bébé s s'endort belongs to that genre of music about children (rather than for children) that has produced a host of fine piano suites. Oswald's style in this work takes after French models rather than those South American ones, and recalls several slower movements in Bizet's Jeux d'enfants, minus their frank sentimentality.

The same composer's Tarentella reveals another element in the continent's unusually rich musical mix: its debt to Italian immigrants, who supplied (in Verdi) the operatic ideal for native sons like Gomez and Monterò, and mandolin orchestras that are still popular with the urban middle-aged crowd. The tarentella has almost become a native art form; the great Venezuelan arranger, folklorist, conductor, and tenor Jesus Sevillano twice recorded Plaza's El Currucha, a popular and spectacular tarantella tour-de-force, with unaccompanied chorus and with his award-winning a capella Quinteto Contrapunto group. Some harmonic progressions in the second section of Oswald's own Tarentella bring to mind Rossini's La Danza, but the Brazilian composer's work has an ability to suddenly shift mood that gives it a cast all its own.

I'm less pleased with the Chick Corea-inflected clichés of Santoro's Frevo, but the recital only really founders when it hits the music of Camargo Guarnieri. His excellent Quartet No. 2 began life as a string quartet, in which the composer made typically ambitious use of dense, individually colored instrumental textures and various bowing techniques. Both of these characteristics lie beyond the reach of a guitar quartet. The paste that emerges from the Brazilian Guitar Quartet's arrangement thus misrepresents Guarnieri's work, while concealing the fine tonal qualities and immaculate technique of the current performing ensemble.

Sound is good on this release, clean, close yet reverberant. Recommended, with caveats noted. "

Barry Brenesal, Fanfare, Issue 25:5 (May/June 2002)

Paul Galbraith and Everton Gloeden are using 8-string guitars in this recording.
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Works on This Recording

1.
O contratador de diamantes: Congada by Francisco Mignone
Performer:  Paul Galbraith (Guitar), Edelton Gloeden (Guitar), Everton Gloeden (Guitar),
Tadeu do Amaral (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Milan, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  St. Antonio Seminary, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Tadeu do Amaral 
2.
Lenda sertanejas no 8 by Francisco Mignone
Performer:  Paul Galbraith (Guitar), Edelton Gloeden (Guitar), Everton Gloeden (Guitar),
Tadeu do Amaral (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  St. Antonio Seminary, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Edelton Gloeden 
3.
Encantamento by Camargo Mozart Guarnieri
Performer:  Edelton Gloeden (Guitar), Tadeu do Amaral (Guitar), Everton Gloeden (Guitar),
Paul Galbraith (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  St. Antonio Seminary, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Edelton Gloeden 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Camargo Mozart Guarnieri
Performer:  Paul Galbraith (Guitar), Edelton Gloeden (Guitar), Everton Gloeden (Guitar),
Tadeu do Amaral (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  St. Antonio Seminary, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Length: 16 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Brazilian Guitar Quartet 
5.
Frevo by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Paul Galbraith (Guitar), Edelton Gloeden (Guitar), Tadeu do Amaral (Guitar),
Everton Gloeden (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  St. Antonio Seminary, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Edelton Gloeden 
6.
Serious Variations by Ronaldo Miranda
Performer:  Everton Gloeden (Guitar), Paul Galbraith (Guitar), Edelton Gloeden (Guitar),
Tadeu do Amaral (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  St. Antonio Seminary, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Length: 11 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Galbraith 
7.
Il neige by Henrique Oswald
Performer:  Everton Gloeden (Guitar), Tadeu do Amaral (Guitar), Paul Galbraith (Guitar),
Edelton Gloeden (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1902; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  St. Antonio Seminary, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Edelton Gloeden 
8.
Bébé s'endort by Henrique Oswald
Performer:  Everton Gloeden (Guitar), Tadeu do Amaral (Guitar), Paul Galbraith (Guitar),
Edelton Gloeden (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  St. Antonio Seminary, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Tadeu do Amaral 
9.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 14: no 3, Tarantella by Henrique Oswald
Performer:  Tadeu do Amaral (Guitar), Everton Gloeden (Guitar), Paul Galbraith (Guitar),
Edelton Gloeden (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1930; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  St. Antonio Seminary, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Edelton Gloeden 

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