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Brazilian Portrait / Gerald Garcia


Release Date: 02/15/1994 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550226   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Luiz BonfáAntonio Carlos JobimIsaias SavioHeitor Villa-Lobos,   ... 
Performer:  Gerald Garcia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music which will be known to most is that by Villa-Lobos which here includes the Preludes and Choro No. 1. However the disc has much more to offer and much of it rarely played, with performances as good as these this situation should quickly change. Music by Savio, Bonf, Almeida, Machada, Baden Powell and Jobim is all beautifully played. Garcia has matured into a guitarist of stature and this is perhaps his best recording to date. - Classical Guitar - October 1990

The Five Preludes and the first Choro by Villa-Lobos are accompanied on this CD by a considerable number of Brazilian pieces of the more popular kind. That is not meant disparagingly: this is popular in the best sense, music easily accessible to untrained ears,
Read more yet good enough to be enjoyed by the most fastidious. Bonfá, Jobim, Almeida, Pernambuco, Baden-Powell and Machado fall into this category. They are well represented here. So is Isaias Savio, with a delightful Sonha laia, Seroros and the ever-popular Batucada... . The Preludes are given a good performance by Gerald Garcia. He plays all the repeats in No. 3, and manages to convince you that the exercise isn't as boring as it looks on paper. This in itself is a rare achievement. But Garcia has always been a characterful guitarist: his musical intelligence and perception are to be treasured in an age where bland fluency seems to carry off the major prizes in international competitions... . Garcia's own arrangements of three Brazilian children's songs are charming, and well worth a place... . A disc of unusual interest. - Guitar International - August 1990

"Garcia's performances are stylish and intense" - Fanfare

"all beautifully played. Garcia has matured into a guitarist of stature" - Guitar International

"Garcia has always been a characterful guitarist; his musical intelligence and perception are to be treasured... a disc of unusual interest" - Classical Guitar (UK)

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Works on This Recording

1.
Black Orpheus: Manha de Carnaval by Luiz Bonfá
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This recording of "Manha de Carnaval" from "Black Orpheus" is an improvisation based on the playing of Bonfa himself. 
2.
Passeio no Rio by Luiz Bonfá
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Carlos Barbosa-Lima. 
3.
Wave by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Samba do Aviao by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Roberto Baden-Powell 
5.
Escenas Brasileñas: Sonha Iaiá by Isaias Savio
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Escenas Brasileñas: Seroes by Isaias Savio
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Isaias Savio 
7.
Escenas Brasileñas: Batucada by Isaias Savio
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
8.
Sonha de Magia by Isaias Savio
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9.
Pô de Mico by Isaias Savio
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
10.
Preludes (5) for Guitar, W 419 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 21 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11.
Chôros no 1 for Guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: G. Garcia 
12.
Como Pode o Peixe by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
13.
Modinhas e cançoes, Album 2, W 563: no 2, Nésta rua by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943/1959; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
14.
Samba Leie by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
15.
Brazilliance by Laurindo Almeida
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
16.
Retrato Brasileiro by Roberto Baden-Powell
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
17.
Deve ser amor by Roberto Baden-Powell
Performer:  Gerald Garcia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
18.
Canto de Osanha by Roberto Baden-Powell
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
19.
Xaranga do Vovo by Celso Machado
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Manha de Carnaval (Morning of the Carnival): Manha de Carnaval
Passelo no Rio (Walking in Rio): Passelo no Rio
Wave
Samba do Aviao (Airplane Samba): Samba do Aviao
Sonha Iaia (Dreams of Iaia): Sonha Iaia
Seroes
Batucada (African Dance): Batucada
Sonha de Magia (Dreams of Magic): Sonha de Magia
Po de Mico (Itching Powder): Po de Mico
5 Preludes: Prelude 1
5 Preludes: Prelude 2
5 Preludes: Prelude 3
5 Preludes: Prelude 4
5 Preludes: Prelude 5
Choro No. 1 (arr. G. Garcia): Choro No. 1
Como Pode o Peixe (How can you live like the fish?): Como Pode o Peixe
Nesta Rua (In our street): Nesta Rua
Samba Lele
Brazilliance
Retrato Brasileiro (Brazilian Portrait): Retrato Brasileiro
Deve ser Amor (It had to be love): Deve ser Amor
Canto de Ossanha: Canto de Osanha
Xaranga do Vovo

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