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Tom Moore
American Record Guide, January 2018

This is a delightful collection. Petri has chosen repertoire that reflects the combination of nostalgia, lyricism, and dance that characterizes Brazilian music at its best. The Eight Miniatures by Ribeiro are a good demonstration—folk rhythms and accessible melodies combined with bittersweet and unexpected harmonies. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, December 2017

Villa-Lobos is, as the introduction says, the master of Brazilian classical music and his Choros are famous. Here they are played in arrangements that bring them closer to popular music—and they are attractive also in this guise. Finally the trio returns to where it started, to Alegre and his slightly elusive dream world. We have had a happy journey in their company and feel confident that we will return before long for a reprise journey. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Music Review, October 2017

Marilyn Mazur has been for years a very accomplished and innovative percussionist. She shows on this recording that she is ever more resourceful and brilliant in her use of congas and all sorts of percussive instrumental possibilities. Michala Petri plays a very vibrant and contemporary kind of recorder sounding. In her hands it is an instrument of jazzy provenance, very fluid and timbrally diverse. Classical guitarist Daniel Murray plays in a fully blossomed contemporary manner that takes into account the rich tradition of Brazilian and jazz-oriented possibilities without being unaware an unversed in the state-of-the-art stylistic parameters of the classical guitar art per se.

Very recommended. A sleeper but a keeper! © 2017 Gapplegate Music Review Read complete review



Dave Saemann
Fanfare, September 2017

I long have had a soft spot for Michala Petri, ever since I heard her play in Princeton many years ago. So when confronted with her recorder album of Brazilian music, my reaction was anticipation rather than skepticism. Petri excels in cross-cultural endeavors. …Petri and Brazilian music are a natural. The arrangements on Brazilian Landscapes are by the Brazilian guitarist/composer Daniel Murray. The arrangements are intelligent, vivid, and sensitive. …Murray and Petri establish a marvelous rapport on this album, sounding like two old friends just getting together to play for their own pleasure. …Marilyn Mazur is a veteran percussionist of great versatility. …Her playing brings an extra dimension to Brazilian Landscapes, giving it a caché beyond that of a chamber ensemble. This is music of great heart and terrific sound that deserves to appeal to a wide audience, beyond the confines of classical acolytes. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, September 2017

The percussion, provided by drummer/composer/bandleader Marilyn Mazur—American-born but living in Denmark for many years—colors a number of the works besides the Alegre. In Paulo Bellinati’s Jongo, arranged from the original for guitar duo, her percussion line adds the West African flavor of the dance’s origins and finishes with an extended demonstration of fine African drumming. Brazilian guitarist/composer (and third member of the trio) Daniel Murray’s Canção e Dança—originally for solo guitar—gets similar treatment: subtle at first in the song and with more abandon in the dance. Mazur adds drive to the good-humored (and often-played) Karatê by Egberto Gismonti, and delicate atmosphere to his signature piano solo A Fala da Paixão (Passion Talk) with light metallic percussion and wind chimes. She offers similar coloristic touches to Hermeto Pascoal’s São Jorge. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, September 2017

Most people will file this release as a recorder CD; after all, it has Michala Petri’s name on it, and she must be the most indefatigable recorder player in action today. Nevertheless, it’s really an equal collaboration between Petri, Danish-American percussionist and composer Marilyn Mazur, and Brazilian guitarist and composer Daniel Murray. All of the arrangements are by Murray, but because the music has a nicely relaxed air to it, one might guess that all three musicians were improvising a bit as the recording sessions went on… © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, August 2017

Colourful program with Brazilian music for recorder, guitar and percussion, in bright and sensual performances of a rare spontaneity. © 2017 Pizzicato



Lark Reviews, July 2017

A light and enjoyable collection of music from a variety of Brazilian composers this CD seeks to demonstrate the links and interplay between the classical world (represented by Villa-Lobos) and the popular (represented by Jobim) to form a “third stream” of popular music with classical influences taken up by contemporary Brazilian composers. None of this music was known to me and I enjoyed this attempt to highlight a particular crossover movement… © 2017 Lark Reviews



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, July 2017

Who can resist the casual, seductive, ingenious and multilayered music of Brazil? A country of continental dimensions where all of Europe could fit within her borders. From the lithesome, musical elegance of the choro to the hypnotic sensuality of the Bossa nova, and a kaleidoscope of subtle rhythms wrapped in sophisticated jazz harmonies, the sound of Brazilian music is unforgettable unmistakable, and best summed up by the Portuguese word “saudade,” which mingles yearning, sadness and memory. © 2017 My Classical Notes Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, July 2017

Michaela Petri, master of the recorder, over the years has made countless recordings of varied repertory… On her latest release she turns to lighter fare, a collection of Brazilian-oriented tunes, many written for her. She is joined by percussionist Marilyn Mazur and guitarist Daniel Murray who also made many of the arrangements. Most of the music is quietly atmospheric with the solo recorder soaring in the upper register creating a jungle-like exotic bird effect. Percussion is always gentle. All of these sounds have been captured with natural presence and beauty. This is a fascinating glimpse of the lighter side of the amazing Michaela Petri. © 2017 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, July 2017

Not for every taste, but this is an enterprising and exotic programme, and those with a taste for colourful Latin music will be tempted—although it has to be said that the aural sound picture of the three instruments featured here is inevitably of limited palette. That being said, the musicians approach the music with great enthusiasm and a profound sense of atmosphere which will win the disc friends. © 2017 Classical CD Choice



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), July 2017

The leading recorder player for decades, Michala Petri returns to take us on a new musical journey to Brazil through the music of Jobim, Nazareth, Gismonti, Villa-Lobos, Pascoal and others. Joining her are two exciting musicians in their fields: the young guitarist and composer Daniel Murray and award-winning percussionist/composer Marilyn Mazur. © 2017 WFMT (Chicago)





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