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Klaus Heymann | © Emily Chu

‘It's appropriate that music by Alberto Nepomuceno, a herald of Brazilian musical nationalism, is launching our latest Naxos project – The Music of Brazil. This is a monumental, 5-year undertaking to produce around 30 releases of some 100 works by Brazilian composers, focusing mainly on orchestral repertoire. There will be many first recordings together with the publication of newly edited or first edition scores. Naxos is collaborating with the Cultural Department of Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, three of the country's leading orchestras and the Brazilian Academy of Music for this exciting development.

As for this first volume, although Nepomuceno may be relatively unknown today, he needed no introduction in his time: he was one of the first Brazilian composers to employ elements of folklore in his compositions; he encouraged younger composers such as Villa-Lobos; and his music was conducted by no less a figure than Richard Strauss.’

Klaus Heymann
founding chairman, Naxos Records

NEPOMUCENO, A.: Symphony in G Minor / O Garatuja: Prelude / Série brasileira
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Alberto NEPOMUCENO (1864–1920)
Symphony in G minor
O Garatuja – Prelude • Série Brasileira

Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra
Fabio Mechetti

Alberto Nepomuceno was a herald of Brazilian musical nationalism. He was one of the first composers in his country to employ elements of folklore in his compositions, he encouraged younger composers such as Villa-Lobos, and his music was conducted by Richard Strauss. The Prelude to O Garatuja, an incomplete opera, is one of his best-known works and an example of a truly Brazilian lyric comedy. Série Brasileira is a vivacious suite that employs maxixe rhythms and ends with the feverish batuque dance, while the Symphony in G minor is one of the earliest such examples by a Brazilian, a heroic and lyric structure revealing the influence of Brahms.

Listen to an extract from Symphony in G minor:
I. Allegro con enthusiasmo
Listen to an extract from the Prelude to O Garatuja.
Listen to an extract from Série Brasileira:
IV. Batuque
About the Artists
Fabio Mechetti | © Rafael Motta
Brazilian conductor Fabio Mechetti was appointed music director and principal conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. He is also currently music director emeritus of the Jacksonville Symphony. Mechetti has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras such as the Seattle, Rome and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras, the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras, and various orchestras in Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Venezuela.
Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra | © Rafael Motta
The Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra was created in 2008 in order to promote orchestral music in Brazil and abroad. The orchestra comprises 90 musicians from Brazil, Europe, Asia and the Americas. It received the Concerto Magazine Award in 2015, the Carlos Gomes Award for Best Brazilian Orchestra in 2012, and was named Best Classical Music Ensemble of the Year by the São Paulo Association of Art Critics (APCA) in 2010.
Other recommended recordings of Brazilian music
‘It’s all very appealing, and beautifully played by Anderegg and Ribeiro. Highly recommended.’
Music for Several Instruments
  Listen to an extract from Ernani Aguiar's Meloritmias No. 4:
III. Tempo de Frevo
Symphony No. 12
Uirapuru • Mandu-Çarará

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra,
Choir and Children's Choir
‘Villa-Lobos’s Symphony No. 12
and the tone poem Uirapuru are beautifully played and recorded in
the best issue so far in Naxos’excellent São Paulo series.’
  Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 12:
III. Scherzo
Piano Concertos Nos. 4, 5 and 6

Barros • Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra • Conlin
‘[Pianist] 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. 5:
III. Jocoso
Choral Works

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
‘Each [piece] is fascinating.’
‘All these miniatures are beautiful and exquisite, and this is an immensely enjoyable recital.’
American Record Guide
‘…this is a very fine album with solid performances of beautiful songs.
It is full of the colourful,
carefree spirit of Brazil.’
MusicWeb International

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