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Byzantion
MusicWeb International, January 2014

MIGUÉZ, L.: Piano Music - Morceaux lyriques / Souvenirs / Scènes intimes / Noturno / Faceira / Allegro appassionato (Velloso) 9.70199
OSWALD, H.: Piano Music - Feuilles d'Album / 6 Morceaux / 3 Romances / 6 Pezzi (Velloso) 9.70200

Naxos release such vast quantities of high-quality recordings that it is the easiest thing for relatively low-key CDs like this pair to come and go all but unnoticed, especially when, as here, they are issued purely as downloads or for streaming purposes. Even the work titles suggest a strong element of take-it-or-leave-it: who really needs more morceaux, feuilles or souvenirs?

What a pity, though, to miss these two albums of bewitching lyrical gems performed so ambrosially by Braz Velloso, a pianist whose very name suggests smooth satin textures.

…Oswald and Miguéz are likely to have wide appeal. Theirs are works of a highly melodic, generally mellow nature, short character pieces of varied mood and colour—humorous, nostalgic, bold, relaxed—threaded into longer suites to create satisfying wholes. In the sensitive hands of their compatriot Velloso they have a worthy champion—he is sunny, subtle and sympathetic. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

Born in Brazil and partially educated there, Leoplodo Miguez spent part of his childhood in Spain and Portugal, and during his mature years studied in Paris. His career in Brazil was to take him into education and administration, where he was held in high regard, but as a composer he was purely dependent on European influences with Liszt and Chopin always hovering in the background. Almost devoted to world premiere recordings, the programme chosen by Braz Velloso covers much of a life that ended prematurely at the age of fifty-two in 1902. Stylistically it changed little throughout, though Schumann had obviously become important to him in the Morceaux lyriques, a work that could well have been attributed to the German composer. Pleasingly reminiscent of Chopin in his four Souvenirs, we arrive at a jewel in the world of the Romantic era with the disc’s concluding track, the Allegro appassionato…Miguez’s output for piano shows that he was happy in the medium…he is a highly persuasive advocate and the sound quality is reliable in a church acoustic. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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