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Ernesto Nazareth: Solo Piano Works / Marcelo Bratke

Nazareth / Bratke
Release Date: 06/09/2009 
Label:  Quartz Records   Catalog #: 2066   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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NAZARETH Brejeiro. Pássaros em Festa. Tenebroso. Apanhei-te Cavaquinho. Confidêcias. Sarambeque. Travesso. Coração que Sente. Odeon. Epônina. Cubanos. Crê e Espera. Fon Fon. Vesper. Faceira. Batuque. Ameno Resedá Marcelo Bratke (pn) QUARTZ 2066 (64:00)


One cannot overestimate Ernesto Nazareth’s influence on the development of Brazilian music. An enormously gifted child pianist who published his first work, a polka, at age 14, his first ambition was to be a Read more proper Eurocentric composer. Chopin was one of his first heroes, and remained a musical ideal throughout his career. But then he was born into Rio de Janeiro’s ethnically diverse musical culture with its ubiquitous choro street musicians and their African and American ragtime influences. In his subsequent music he presented a synthesis of European salon music (many of his pieces are titled as gallops, quadrilles, Schottisches, fox-trots, and romances) and those colorfully indigenous musics. Historic hindsight implies that he was a seminal influence upon such younger Brazilian composers as the Afro-Brasilian Pixinguinha, and, ultimately, Heitor Villa-Lobos, who strove to pull those bifurcated influences from the streets and salons and into the concert hall. Similarly he also inspired such diverse composers as the quite classically acceptable Camargo Guarnieri and Antonio Carlos Jobim of bossa nova fame.


In Nazareth’s time, Rio de Janeiro was an extremely class- and race-conscious place. Street musicians were universally held in low esteem. Many of them, however, were actually gainfully employed members of the staunchly upright middle class who, when they took to the streets after work, assumed new identities via colorfully fictitious names. I bring this up because it has great bearing on these performances by Marcello Bratke. Ernesto Nazareth, first and foremost, wanted to be regarded as a socially acceptable Eurocentric composer who would ultimately find his way into the legitimate concert hall. Nazareth’s performing venues were, alas, theaters, hotels, and upscale cinemas where he improvised accompaniments to silent movies much as Dmitri Shostakovich would later do in his youth in a more far flung part of the world. Nazareth’s music, at its best, displays an almost Chopinesque elegance and polish. And that is quite eloquently reflected in these performances by Marcelo Bratke.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Brejeiro by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Pássaros em Festa by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Tenebroso by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Confidencias by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Sarambeque by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
7.
Travesso by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
8.
Coraçao que sente by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Odeon by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10.
Epônina by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Cubanos by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
12.
Crè e espera by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
13.
Fon-Fon by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
14.
Vésper by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
15.
Faceira by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
16.
Batuque by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
17.
Ameno resedá by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Marcelo Bratke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Potton Hall, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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