Guarnieri - Piano Music Vol.2: Improvisos, Valsas, Momentos | Naxos 8573632

Guarnieri - Piano Music Vol.2: Improvisos, Valsas, Momentos


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573632

Barcode: 0747313363278

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th January 2023



Considered the most important Brazilian composer next to Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri and his impact on the musical life of his country is inestimable, with a body of piano music that represents the composer’s most distinctive stylistic features. Guarnieri was a consummate improviser and many of his piano works reflect a sense of ease and intimacy, giving the impression that they were composed in a flash of instantaneous inspiration. This is particularly true of the ‘character pieces’ in this volume, from the autobiographical Improvisos and Momentos, to the intimate nostalgia of the Valsas. Volume 1 of this edition can be heard on Naxos 85726227.

Camargo Guarnieri’s name is gaining considerable traction outside his native Brazil thanks in no small measure to Naxos recordings of his Piano Concertos (8557666 & 8557667), his Chôros (8574197 & 8574403), and ongoing projects such as the piano music.

Volume 1 of this edition is a two-disc set on Naxos 857262627, also played by Max Barros. This was critically acclaimed by the American Record Guide: ‘Barros is just right for this music: deeply versed in Guarnieri’s idiom, he plays with confident brio and sensitivity and far overshadows other recordings I’ve heard of Guarnieri’s piano pieces. The sound is excellent. Anyone interested in 20th-century Latin American piano music will want this release.’

Pianist Max Barros is a dedicated champion of Brazilian music, having given premieres and recorded several works by some of Brazil’s foremost composers. His Naxos recordings of Guarnieri’s six piano concertos with conductor Thomas Conlin and the Warsaw Philharmonic won the Discovery Award from Diapason magazine.

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