Portuguese Music for Piano Duo / Duarte, Madeira

Release Date: 1/22/2021
Catalog Number: BRI96095
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 61 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This precious collection of piano-four-hands works from the foremost musical minds of Portugal in the 20th and 21st centuries can serve as a welcome introduction to the classical music of Portugal for those who may not know it. But there is a greater significance and added value to this thoughtful recital programme, in that it traces back the genealogy of modern Portuguese classical composition – and pianism! – to roots firmly planted in German Romantic soil. It links the living composers to their teacher and inspiration, the great composer–ethnographer Fernando Lopes-Graça who undertook research into Portuguese folk music on a par with what Vaughan Williams and Bartók & Kodály did in their own nations, and then links Lopes-Graça back to his piano professor, the great virtuoso and music educator José Viana da Mota, himself a pupil and disciple of Liszt. The album opens fittingly with a set of Portuguese Folk Melody treatments by Lopes-Graça, the third in his three-volume set being dedicated exclusively to piano four hands. Immediately, the national colour welcomes listeners to the distinct ethnicity of Europe’s far southwestern corner, a historic and pre-historic crossroads for Celtic, Roman, Gothic and Moorish cultures. This is followed by the Sonatina of his student, Sérgio Azevedo, bristling with the Neoclassicism he inherited from Lopes-Grac¸a. Then to the wellspring, Viana da Mota’s Opus 7 singing with a Mendelssohnian lyricism, yet nonetheless tinged with the innate longing of the Portuguese soul. The expressionistic, effusive atonality of Lapa’s Storyboard returns the listener to the modern era, and to finish, Victorino d’Almeida’s heartfelt Ballad (for a child about to be born) embraces melody and tonality once again, from a post-modern vantagepoint.

 

REVIEW:

 

The Portuguese duo of Duarte and Madeira play all of the works here with nationalist fervor. This is an opportunity for them to use all their abilities to bring Portuguese music into the spotlight. The largest work on the program is the final Balada (for a child to be born) by Antonio Victorino D’Almeida (b.1940). It is a big piece, clearly inspired by the romantic Ballades of Chopin and Liszt, with effective 20th Century touches. It is quite effective. In all, this is a most enjoyable recording.

 

– American Record Guide

Works on This Recording
1. I. Canto do S. João ( Song for Saint John the Baptist) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
2. II. Este ladrão novo… (This new robber…) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
3. III. Deus te salve, ó Rosa (God help you, Rosa) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
4. IV. S'nhora da Póvoa (Our Lady of Póvoa) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
5. V. Oração de S. José (Prayer to Saint Joseph) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
6. VI. Pastoril transmontano (Pastorale from Trás-os-Montes) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
7. VII. A Virgem se confessou (The Virgin confessed) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
8. VIII. Canção de berço (Cradle song) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
9. IX. Ó da Malva, ó da Malvinha! (Threshing Song) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
10. X. Martírios (Torments) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
11. XI. Maragato son (I am a Maragato) by Fernando Lopes-Graça
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1979 ;
12. I. Entrada by Sérgio Azevedo
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
13. II. Andantino by Sérgio Azevedo
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
14. III. Giocoso by Sérgio Azevedo
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
15. I. Danksagung (Remerciement) by José Vianna da Motta
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
16. II. Pastorale by José Vianna da Motta
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
17. III. Geburtstag (Le Jour de naissance) by José Vianna da Motta
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
18. IV. Gekränkt (Offense) by José Vianna da Motta
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
19. V. Scherzo by José Vianna da Motta
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
20. VI. Walzer–Humoreske (Valse–Humoresque) by José Vianna da Motta
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
21. No. 1. Véspera de verão (The day before summer) by Fernando C. Lapa
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 2003 ;
22. No. 2. As pombas no telhado (Doves on the roof) by Fernando C. Lapa
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 2003 ;
23. No. 3. Aparição (Apparition) by Fernando C. Lapa
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 2003 ;
24. No. 4. Silêncio branco (White silence) by Fernando C. Lapa
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 2003 ;
25. No. 5. Um fósforo na madrugada (A match burning at dawn) by Fernando C. Lapa
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 2003 ;
26. No. 6. O milagre das rosas (The miracle of roses) by Fernando C. Lapa
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 2003 ;
27. Balada, Op. 126 by Antonio Victorino d' Almeida
Performer: Lígia Madeira (Piano), Luís Duarte (Piano)
Written: 1940 ;
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