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'Brazilian Adventures'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Brazilian Adventures'

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'Brazilian Adventures'

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Cyro de Souza Ascendit Deus Lobo de Mesquita Ave Maria. Gloria. Padre nosso Nunes Garcia Missa pastoril para a noite de natal Pinto Beata virgo. Licao de solfejo No 25. Oh! Pulchra es Silva Gomes Missa a 8 vozes e instrumentos Ex Cathedra / Jeffrey Skidmore

Hyperion [F] CDA68114 (78' * DDD)

Jeffrey Skidmore is not the first musician to be charmed by the cultural riches and musical heritage of Brazil, and he won't be the last, yet his visit has culminated in an unexpectedly touching and beautiful portrait of Brazilian early music that is sure to surprise even the most intrepid musical explorers. 'Brazilian Adventures' is striking not only for its tender approach but also for the focus on later historical styles than one normally associates with these performers. The two Masses are contemporary with late Haydn and yet incorporate many late-Baroque features while also hearkening towards a softer, more intimate early Romantic sound. The movements of both Masses are framed and separated by a selection of motets hinting at the huge variety of Brazilian music that still awaits modern performance.

Missa pastoril para a noite de natal by Jose Maurfcio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830), a priest from Rio, is scored for three castratos, two falsettists, tenor and three basses. …

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