This podcast introduces Vol. 2 in our ground-breaking The Music of Brazil series, a five-year project to record around 100 mostly orchestral works by 19th and 20th-century Brazilian composers, many in world premiere recordings. Released in February, Vol. 1 (8.574067) featured works by Alberto Nepomuceno. Gramophone declared it “urgently recommended”. We follow up with chamber music and three exquisite violin sonatas. Composers Leopoldo Miguéz and Glauco Velásquez were leading figures on Brazil’s classical music scene at the turn of the 20th century. They brought influences from Europe to a homeland experiencing significant social upheaval. The sonatas’ ardent Romanticism, admirably captured by violinist Emmanuele Baldini and pianist Karin Fernandes, marked an important change in Brazil’s chamber music, from pieces intended largely for domestic use to works suitable for public performance in concert halls.
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