, January 2014
MIGUÉZ, L.: Piano Music - Morceaux lyriques / Souvenirs / Scènes intimes / Noturno / Faceira / Allegro appassionato (Velloso) 9.70199
OSWALD, H.: Piano Music - Feuilles d'Album / 6 Morceaux / 3 Romances / 6 Pezzi (Velloso) 9.70200
Naxos release such vast quantities of high-quality recordings that it is the easiest thing for relatively low-key CDs like this pair to come and go all but unnoticed, especially when, as here, they are issued purely as downloads or for streaming purposes. Even the work titles suggest a strong element of take-it-or-leave-it: who really needs more morceaux, feuilles or souvenirs?
What a pity, though, to miss these two albums of bewitching lyrical gems performed so ambrosially by Braz Velloso, a pianist whose very name suggests smooth satin textures.
…Oswald and Miguéz are likely to have wide appeal. Theirs are works of a highly melodic, generally mellow nature, short character pieces of varied mood and colour—humorous, nostalgic, bold, relaxed—threaded into longer suites to create satisfying wholes. In the sensitive hands of their compatriot Velloso they have a worthy champion—he is sunny, subtle and sympathetic. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review