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Nepomuceno: Piano Works / Maria Inês Guimaraes


Release Date: 11/29/1994 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223548   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alberto Nepomuceno
Performer:  Maria Inês Guimaraes
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is misleading to refer to Alberto Nepomuceno (1864-1920) as a “pioneer of Brazilian music,“ as the program notes for this CD do. It is natural that European influences should dominate the style of this academically trained musician (after basic studies in Brazil, he was sent to Rome, and later Berlin to hone his skills), and yet. he seems to have been completely engulfed by the old world culture. In listening to his music, the adjectives “Baroque“ and “Brahmsian“ are suggested, but never Brazilian, or even Iberian. Compare his case to the career of Glinka, the “father“ of Russian nationalist music, who mainly wrote in an Italianate style fashioned after Bellini, but also consciously introduced folk elements in his music, pointing the way Read more to Darghomyzhsky. Mussorgsky, and even Shostakovich. On the basis of this selection, it appears that Nepomuceno lacked a similar agenda.

That is not to say that this nicely constructed piano music cannot be enjoyed on its own merits. The Suite antiga is written in a crisp, neo-classical style but also recalls the dance suites of Bach in their vivid polyphonal texture. The rest of the program falls firmly into the camp of the late nineteenth-century German conservatives. The sonata fairly drips with the sentimentality and bombast of Brahms, whom the composer met while studying in Europe. The music for left hand alone was written for his daughter. Sigrid, who was born without a right arm. The Galhofeira, inspired by the street music of Rio. where Nepomuceno lived and taught, is the one piece that more than vaguely suggests the composer's roots.

The Brazilian pianist Guimaraes plays this music with enthusiasm, sometimes too much so. when her tempos threaten to become wayward.

-- Peter Burwasser, FANFARE [3/1995] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Suite antiga for Piano, Op. 11 by Alberto Nepomuceno
Performer:  Maria Inês Guimaraes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 12 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2. Nocturnes (2) for Piano left hand: no 1 in C major by Alberto Nepomuceno
Performer:  Maria Inês Guimaraes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3. Improviso, Op. 27 no 2 by Alberto Nepomuceno
Performer:  Maria Inês Guimaraes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Piano in F minor, Op. 9 by Alberto Nepomuceno
Performer:  Maria Inês Guimaraes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 18 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5. Nocturnes (2) for Piano left hand: no 2 in G major by Alberto Nepomuceno
Performer:  Maria Inês Guimaraes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6. Nocturne for Piano, Op. 33 by Alberto Nepomuceno
Performer:  Maria Inês Guimaraes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
7. Lyric Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 13: no 4, Galhofeira by Alberto Nepomuceno
Performer:  Maria Inês Guimaraes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
8. Little Pieces (5) for Piano by Alberto Nepomuceno
Performer:  Maria Inês Guimaraes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Suite antiga, Op. 11: I. Prelude
Suite antiga, Op. 11: II. Menuet
Suite antiga, Op. 11: III. Air
Suite antiga, Op. 11: IV. Rigaudon
2 Nocturnes for the Left Hand: Nocturne No. 1 in C major (for the left hand)
Improviso, Op. 27, No. 2
Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 9: I. Allegro con fuoco
Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 9: II. Andante espressivo
Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 9: III. Allegro con spirito
2 Nocturnes for the Left Hand: Nocturne No. 2 in G major (for the left hand)
Nocturne, Op. 33
Galhofeira, Op. 13, No. 4
5 Pequenas pecas: No. 1 Barcarola
5 Pequenas pecas: No. 2 Melodia
5 Pequenas pecas: No. 3 Danca
5 Pequenas pecas: No. 4 Brincando
5 Pequenas pecas: No. 5 Polca

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