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Glyn Pursglove
MusicWeb International, August 2020

The immediately striking things about the programme on this CD are, first, the number of different instruments Fábio Brum plays and, secondly, how much of the music is newly arranged from very disparate sources—an operatic aria by Vivaldi, piano music by Isaac Albeniz and the best known of the Bachianas Brasileiras by Villa-Lobos. There is, of course, no intrinsic problem with either of these things, and my initial listening confirmed the security of Fábio Brum’s technique across the instruments he plays…

The Rapsodia latina is full of vivacious music, by turns sophisticated and earthy, evocative and forceful. Oscher has clearly learned a great deal from the great Latin American masters of orchestration (such as Ginastera or Chavez). … Oscher’s Rapsodia latina will, I am sure, be the piece on this CD to which I shall return most frequently. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2020

Brazilian trumpet virtuoso, Fabio Brum, takes us through a whole family of brass instruments, playing arrangements mostly made for this World Premier Recording.

Opening with the Cornet in F playing an Eighteenth century virtuoso coloratura operatic aria by Vivaldi, it comes as a precursor to music from the Twentieth century. Showcasing the Cornet in C in three sections of Albeniz’s Iberia they take the instrument from the delicate Rondena through the sun-drenched seductive colours of Almeria to the well-known dance in Triana. From much the same era comes the Solo de concours by the Belgium composer, Theo Charlier, a virtuoso demonstration piece here showcasing the Cornet in B flat. Now into the most popular ‘classic’ with two of Villa-Lobos's fifth Bachianas brasileiras, the Cornets in G and D are elegantly smooth in Brum’s relaxed performances. All apart from the Vivaldi are played in arrangements by Efrain Oscher who has composed the Rapsodia latina for Brum. Cast in three sections, it is here played on the Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Piccolo cornet in A. That final section will be the first time the instrument has been heard, the cornet specially made for this recording session. Thirteen members of the Kammerensemble Konsonanz, conducted by Pacho Flores, are obviously enjoying the newly minted orchestrations throughout the disc. It was recorded in Bremen, Germany, by the multi talented Efrain Oscher. © 2020 David’s Review Corner





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