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From laughing games to the martyrdom of insects, the programme for this new release presents the variety, verve and voluptuousness of music by seven Brazilian composers performed by two brilliant young performers, violinist Francesca Anderegg and pianist Erika Ribeiro.

‘In 2015, I spent two weeks in Brazil, touring, teaching and meeting local musicians. During this trip, I had the great fortune to perform with pianist Erika Ribeiro. Over the next three years, we continued working together, and we decided to record music by Brazilian composers who had an interest in traditional styles: bossa nova, frevo, chôro, samba, and maracatu. Taken as a group, these composers’ varied careers as performers, conductors and arrangers led to inventive ways of combining traditional Brazilian music with neo-romanticism, modernism and jazz.’ – Francesca Anderegg

Images of Brazil

Francesca Anderegg, Violin • Erika Ribeiro, Piano

This recording showcases the breadth and variety of Brazilian music by focusing on composers who explore traditional styles and use native forms, such as the bossa nova, chôro, frevo and samba, combined with neo-Romanticism, Modernism and jazz. Looking beyond cultural stereotypes, it includes Camargo Guarnieri’s grandly Romantic Violin Sonata No. 4 and a violin arrangement of one of Villa-Lobos’s most colourful character pieces, alongside contemporary works that explore nature painting, song, and the Carnival – offering an abundance of vibrancy, dance, languorous rhythms and joyful wit.

Listen to an extract from Villa-Lobos' The Martyrdom of Insects:
III. The Moth Around the Flame
About the Artists
Francesca Anderegg | © Dario Acosta
Violinist Francesca Anderegg is known for her insightful accounts of contemporary and classical music. Through her inventive programming, active composer collaborations and impassioned interpretations, Anderegg has earned praise as a musical explorer of the first order. Past highlights include the release of her acclaimed contemporary music album Wild Cities, a performance of the Ligeti Violin Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra, and performances with ltzhak Perlman and members of the Perlman Music Program.
Erika Ribeiro | © Ines Lampreia
Based in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian pianist Erika Ribeiro is considered one of the most prominent musicians of her generation. As the First Prize winner in ten piano competitions in Brazil and a prizewinner in numerous others, Ribeiro has performed extensively in her native Brazil, as well as in Europe and in the US. Ribeiro's knowledge of Brazilian music is complemented by a deep grounding in European repertoire, with a special affinity for Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel.
More recordings of music by Brazilian composers
Piano Concertos Nos. 4, 5 and 6

Barros • Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra • Conlin
‘Barros delivers shoals of notes with unfaltering brio and a complete command of the idiom, and he is brilliantly partnered and recorded.’
  Listen to an extract from
Piano Concerto No. 4:
III. Rapido
The Guitar Manuscripts, Vol. 1
Guitar Concerto
Floresta do Amazonas

Bissoli • Serafini • Artuso • Brait
Schola San Rocco Chorus • Erle
Mina Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra
‘A fascinating release—Bissoli and colleagues present ten unfamiliar works for guitar, along with fine performances of the concerto and the Bachianas Brasileiras 5 Aria, all in very good to excellent performances. This is a valuable release and belongs in the collection of any who likes Villa-Lobos.’
American Record Guide
  Listen to an extract from
No. 5 Modinha (Little Tune)
‘This is a recording that will bring joy to disciples of fine music.’
MusicWeb International
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Brejeiro (Mischievous)
Playlists of Latin American music
Music of Brazil
Hues of Music: Latin Voices
Latin American Piano
Follow this link for the Naxos Latin American segment catalogue.

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