WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org
Welcome to ArkivMusic, the retail store for CLOFO!

Brouwer: The Book of Signs - Bellinati: Concerto Caboclo / Amado, Delaware Symphony


Release Date: 04/13/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573603  
Composer:  Leo BrouwerPaulo Bellinati
Conductor:  David Amado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar DuoDelaware Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These two concertos show the increasing importance of the guitar duo on the world’s concert stages. Leo Brouwer, one of the foremost Latin American composers, has written many admired guitar concertos but The Book of Signs is his first for two guitars, a double concerto of great virtuosity, with a majestic, songful theme in its central movement. A crucial figure in the global promotion of Brazilian rhythms for the guitar, Paulo Bellinati deploys luxurious harmonies and brilliantly effective techniques to pay tribute to the country music of Sao Paulo State in Concerto Caboclo. These two concertos show the increasing importance of the guitar duo on the world’s concert stages. Leo Brouwer, one of the foremost Latin American composers, has written many admired guitar concertos but The Book of Signs is his first for two guitars, a double concerto of great virtuosity, with a majestic, songful theme in its central movement. A crucial figure in the global promotion of Brazilian rhythms for the guitar, Paulo Bellinati deploys luxurious harmonies and brilliantly effective techniques to pay tribute to the country music of Sao Paulo State in Concerto Caboclo. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Book of Signs by Leo Brouwer
Conductor:  David Amado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo,  Delaware Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003; Cuba 
2.
Concerto Caboclo by Paulo Bellinati
Conductor:  David Amado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo,  Delaware Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Brazil 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Masterworks masterfully played July 9, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This release features world premiere recordings of two works by master guitarists played by two master guitarists. Music by Cuban guitarist Leo Brouwer has become mainstays of the repertoire. His 2003 Book of Signs uses Western classical music as a foundation. The first movement deconstructs the theme to Beethoven's 32 Variations in C minor. The third, with its Afro-Cuban dance rhythms, references Brouwer's Decameron Negro. Brazilian guitarist Paulo Bellinati based his Concerto Cabolco on traditional music. It was commissioned by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Brasil Guitar Duo. Fittingly, Bellinati incorporates elements of folk music from the São Paulo State. This music is also guitar-based, making it a natural fit for the duo. The Brazil Guitar Duo perform both works with a firey precision. They understand the traditions behind these works and incorporate them into their playing. It's a perfect match of music and musicians. I especially loved the perfectly shaped tones they coaxed out of their guitars in the slow, lyrical passages. The Delaware Symphony Orchestra does a credible job as well. At times, I thought the full ensemble sounded a little thin. But that just might be the way they were recorded. Whether you enjoy classical guitar music, Brazilian music, Cuban music, or just well-written classical music, there's plenty for you here in this recording." Report Abuse
 Stunning! April 25, 2018 By J. Tatnall (West Grove, PA) See All My Reviews "This is quite simply a wonderful new release! The music is spicy and fresh, yet very approachable, and somehow comfortably familiar too in its forms and melodies. The playing by the soloists is forward and vibrant, the orchestra lush and supportive most of the time, taking the lead where appropriate. Maestro Amado is a perfect collaborator, bringing these works to life. The sound of this Naxos recording is stunning." Report Abuse
Review This Title