JOÃO GUILHERME DADDI (1813-1887)
JOSÉ VIANA DA MOTA (1868-1948)

PORTUGUESE PIANO MUSIC


SOFIA LOURENÇO

“Daddi, who once performed with Ferenc Liszt at the Opera of Lisbon, was a revelation for me. As I learnt his works, I found his music beautiful, melodic and intense, revealing someone who can rival the virtuosity and imagination of Ferenc Liszt, who was similarly moved by Daddi's artistry.

As a pupil myself of Viana da Mota’s foremost students Helena Sá e Costa and Sequeira Costa, I was not unfamiliar with his works. However, I am always impressed by his music’s richness in subtlety, virtuosity and poetry and in the nostalgic atmosphere of Portuguese folk music.” – Sofia Lourenço

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Listen to an excerpt from
VIANA DA MOTA: Cenas Portuguesas, Op. 18

About this Recording

GUILHERME DADDI
JOSÉ VIANA DA MOTA

Guilherme Daddi was a key figure in Portugal’s musical life in the nineteenth-century. Amongst his compositions are a series of powerfully virtuosic piano pieces, largely based on popular operatic themes or else sequences of waltzes and other dances. From a later generation was José Viana da Mota, one of the great virtuosi of the time whose fusion of classical-romantic traditions with nationalist elements was inspired by Portuguese songs and dances.

JOÃO GUILHERME DADDI (25:33)
1
ANDANTE CANTABILE * (06:54)
2
BARCAROLLA * (05:42)
3
DOUCE ILLUSION * (05:10)
4
IL LAMENTO * (07:47)
JOSÉ VIANA DA MOTA
CENAS PORTUGUESAS, OP. 9 (15:43)
5
No. 1. Cantiga d’Amor (08:04)
6
No. 2. Chula (03:18)
7
No. 3. Valsa Caprichosa (04:21)
CENAS PORTUGUESAS, OP. 18 (21:17)
8
No. 1. Canção do Figueiral - Ao Viatico (07:15)
9
No. 2. O Malhão - Canção d’Aveiro (05:23)
10
No. 3. Canção da Beira - Canção do Douro (08:39)
11
SERENATA, OP. 8 * (08:39)
12
BALLADA, OP. 16 (09:45)
* WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS

TOTAL TIME: 79:01

SOFIA LOURENÇO

Sofia Lourenço was born in Oporto, where she completed graduate studies at the Conservatory and University. From the age of ten she was a pupil of Helena Sá e Costa and was also guided by several distinguished pianists, including Sequeira Costa, Vitaly Margulis and Alicia de Larrocha. She obtained a Soloist Diploma at the Berlin Universität der K√ľnste and was awarded a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship. She has been a professor at the Escola de Música e das Artes do Espetáculo do Oporto since 1991. She completed the degree of Doctor of Music and Musicology at the University of Évora in 2005, under the guidance of Rui Vieira Nery and Ulrich Mahlert. Since 2007, she has been a member of the Centre for Research in Science and Arts Technology at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, where she is currently undertaking post-doctoral studies. She enjoys an active career as a performer in Portugal and abroad, with a number of recordings to her credit.

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