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Brazilian Sentiments / Roncaglio


Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 5159   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Carlos JobimValdemar HenriqueAry BarrosoHeitor Villa-Lobos,   ... 
Performer:  Cristiane RoncaglioAndre BayerCristian Peix
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What name comes to mind when you are asked about the essence of the Brazilian music? I am sure that some of you will say Villa-Lobos; others will think of Jobim. In Brazil, classical and the popular music are not far apart. They are more like two cities on the same plain and the present disc travels between these two cities while visiting a few towns on the way. What will carry us along this road? Obviously, the wings of song, as Portuguese is the singing language par excellence. The disc contains a selection of Brazilian songs written over the span of fifty years.

Christiane Roncaglio has a beautiful voice. With its dark smoky notes it sounds more mezzo than soprano. There are sharp corners too and the singing is intense.
Read more For these reasons, the album is probably not for repetitive and relaxed “evening listening”, but energises and stimulates. The diction is very clear. The accompaniment is divided between guitar and piano, a solution that provides lightness and diversity.

Jobim’s “Big Four” (Corcovado, Desafinado, One Note Samba and The Girl from Ipanema) are all here and need no introduction. His other songs are also memorably melodic and infectiously swinging in his unique affable way. Roncaglio’s performance of Jobim’s standards is a long way from the classical Astrud Gilberto’s shyness and mystery; her singing is more open and glossy. I like how she colours the long notes so that they are never plain or even, which is important for tracks like Eu sei que eu vou te amar.

Villa-Lobos’ songs from Floresta de Amazonas are all very beautiful and melodic. Roncaglio’s performance of them is alluringly mystical, like the singing of sea sirens. Songs from Santoro’s cycle Canções de Amor are sensual and expressive, and all distinctly Puccinian, especially the gloomy and intense Amor que partiu.

There are tender lullabies like Henrique’s Tamba-Tajá and sad cinematic ballads like Miranda’s Retrato. Some numbers, like Minha Terra, resemble operetta. Others, like Uirapuru, are more cabaret-style. Several tracks glorify Brazil and everything Brazilian. Roncaglio shows good control, plays with her voice and enjoys the process, yet never turns it into vulgar “cabaret singing”.

The two accompanying musicians play with sense and sensibility. Sometimes extra-musical squeaks are noticeable when the guitarist moves his fingers along the strings.

Overall, this is a very fine album with solid performances of beautiful songs. It is full of the colourful, carefree spirit of Brazil.

– M usicWeb International (Oleg Ledeniov) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Chega de Saudade by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Cristiane Roncaglio (), Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Tamba Tajá, for voice & piano by Valdemar Henrique
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Aquarela do Brasil by Ary Barroso
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Brazil 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4.
Uirapurú, for voice & piano by Valdemar Henrique
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Samba De Uma Nota So by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
The girl from Ipanema by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Brazil 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7.
Modinha, song for voice & piano (Serestas No. 5), A. 216/5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1925; Brazil 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8.
Cançao do amor, W 546 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Cristian Peix (Piano), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Andre Bayer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Brazil 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9.
Cair de tarde, song for voice & piano (arranged from Floresta do Amazones), A. 544 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristian Peix (Piano), Cristiane Roncaglio ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1958 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Veleiros, W 560 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958-1959; Brazil 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11.
Samba do Aviao by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
12.
Corcovado by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano), Andre Bayer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
13.
Eu sei que vou te amar by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
Retrato, for voice & piano by Ronaldo Miranda
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1969 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
15.
Ouve o silêncio, for voice & piano by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano), Andre Bayer (Guitar)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
16.
Acalanto da rosa, for voice & piano by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17.
Amor que partiu, for voice & piano (from "Cançoes de Amor") by Claudio Santoro
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
18.
Le petit peloton de fil, for voice & piano (Historiettes No. 3), A. 165/3 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1920 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
19.
Epigramma, song for voice & orchestra, (Epigramas irônicos e sentimentais Vol. I/4), A. 173a/4 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1921 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
20.
Solitude, for voice & piano (Historiettes No. 1), A. 165/1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1920 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
21.
Fotografia (Photograph) by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
22.
Desafinado by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristiane Roncaglio (), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Brazil 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
23.
Minha Terra, song by Valdemar Henrique
Performer:  Cristiane Roncaglio (), Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1923 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
24.
Canto de Xangô, song by Roberto Baden-Powell
Performer:  Cristiane Roncaglio (), Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1966 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
25.
Como nossos Pais, for voice, guitar & piano by Antonio Carlos Belchior
Performer:  Cristiane Roncaglio (), Andre Bayer (Guitar), Cristian Peix (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1976 
Venue:  Berlin, O.P.S 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Bad copy September 14, 2016 By Virginia Hubbell (Sonoma, CA) See All My Reviews "The CD skips. What do I do to get an exchange?" Report Abuse
 I Should Love this Recording. September 10, 2016 By Edwin Goldstein (Phoenix, AZ) See All My Reviews "Passable engineering. Audio quality 6/10. (Expect better from this label}. Performance: 7/10. For a Brazilian, does not quite have a firm relationship with the idiom. Interesting music, though." Report Abuse
 Great popular and modernist songs from Brazil March 20, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "I somehow missed this superb CD of Brazilian songs by Cristiane Roncaglio when it was released a couple of years ago. It includes outstanding interpretations of some of Tom Jobim's best songs, and a fine version of Ary Barrosso's sui generis Aquarela do Brasil. On the Villa-Lobos side, it's nice to hear three songs from Villa's late work Floresta do Amazonas. Veleiro, Cair de Tarde and especially Cancao do Amor are so popular in Brazil, but aren't heard here as often as they should be. But it's three songs from around 1920 that really stand out for me. Solidão (Solitude) and Novelozinho de linha, from the song collection Historietas, and Epigramma, from the collection Epigrammas Ironicas E Sentimentais, are completely in the modernist style of Satie, Debussy and Ravel, though they were all written before Villa's first trip to Paris later that decade. Villa-Lobos felt strongly enough about Solidão to include it in the program for 1922's famous Semana de Arte Moderna in Sao Paulo, the showcase for avant garde Brazilian art that focussed, on the music side, almost exclusively on Villa-Lobos. The shocked response from the audience, so similar to the near riots modernist composers were encountering in Europe, must have demonstrated to Villa-Lobos that he was on the right track! Songs by Waldemar Henrique, Baden Powell, Miranda, Santoro and Belchior round out a fabulous collection with plenty of variety in style, rhythm and texture (with excellent guitar and piano accompaniment by Andre Bayer and Cristian Peix). Cristiane Roncaglio's very strong voice fits both the popular and more erudite music perfectly; there's no "slumming" here, or awkwardness, as there sometime is when the operatic voice leaves the formal stage in favour of the smoke-filled nightclub. To be fair, it's easier to do this in Brazilian music, where the lines between the two styles are so blurred. In this album Cristiane Roncaglio and her colleagues hit the mark perfectly everytime." Report Abuse
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