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Gnattali: 'Alma Braslleira'

Magazine article Gramophone

Gnattali: 'Alma Braslleira'

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Gnattali

'Alma braslleira' Sonatina No 2 for Guitar and Piano (a). Sonata for Cello and Guitar (b). Alma brasileira. Danca brasileira. Petite suite. Toccata em ritmo de samba--No 1; No 2. Saudade. Moto continuo I. Negaceando. Canhoto. Vaidosa I. Capoeirando. Trapaceando. Manhosamente. Batuque. Toccata

Franz Halasz gtr (b) Wen-Sinn Yang vc (a) Debora Halasz pf

BIS (F) (SACD). BIS2086 (73' * DDD/DSD)

The music of the hugely prolific Brazilian pianist, composer and arranger Radames Gnattali (1906-88) is so fluent and attractive that it's hard to believe that those very qualities worked against his being recognised as a serious artist in his lifetime and beyond. Not only that: Gnattali dared to make extensive use of Brazilian popular music and to write serious concert music for the guitar.

After exploring the piano and guitar music of composers such as Ginastera, Brouwer, Ponce, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and others, husband-and-wife duo Franz and Debora Halasz have here chosen to place Gnattali's Sonatina No 2 for guitar and piano in the context of some of his solo works for both instruments; cellist Wen-Sinn Yang also joins Franz Halasz for a gracefully piquant Sonata for cello and guitar. …

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