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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, November 2013

Born in Brazil in 1852, Henrique Oswald was the son of a Swiss father and Italian mother, and it was to Italy they returned to educate their musical protegee son. Most of his compositions were for solo piano, and though he lived through the French Impressionist era, he was little persuaded by them, his music belonging to the previous generation of which Faure would be a good guide to the disc’s contents…on repeated hearing you come to enjoy the polish and refinement of music that seeks to please by its elegance rather than any dramatic input. Chopin remains ever present in the Six Pieces with a particularly attractive Tarantella and a sparkling Scherzo to follow the tender Nocturne. Four little encore pieces, Feuilles d’album, and the short character piece, Il neige, complete these highly engaging performances from the Brazilian pianist, Braz Velloso. Few recordings catch such a realistic piano sound. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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