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Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, March 2016

All these miniatures are beautiful and exquisite, and this is an immensely enjoyable recital. The mood is generally congenial, sometimes melancholy, and without emotional extremes. …Monteiro plays well… © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2015

Brazilian-born Henrique Oswald was the most famous composer working in South America in the 20th century, though his music came from years spent in Europe. Born in 1852 he was singularly talented as a pianist having, in his infancy, been taught by his mother before she took him to study in Italy where she had been born. He was to stay there to build a career as a concert pianist before eventually returning to Brazil in 1903, where he worked as a teacher and a prolific composer. Operas, orchestral music—including concertos for both violin and piano—chamber music and a quantity of piano music looked to be carrying his name forward, when his legacy was savaged by a leading figure in Brazilian artistic life, just a few years after his death. He pointed to Oswald’s complete lack of Brazilian national influence, and that, more or less, brought about the demise of his output. My own previous knowledge of his works came with a disc of piano music issued on Marco Polo in the late 1990’s (8.223639). It showed a composer that had combined the influences of Chopin and Saint-Saëns, here working as a miniaturist whose extended works were created by a series of cameos, the disc’s opening tracks, Pagine d’Album, being a collection of six short pieces often requiring the technical brilliance we find in music by Liszt, the finale a whirlwind of finger dexterity. At the heart of Sergio Monteiro’s programme we have the three Albums that are highly attractive and obviously intended for the sheet music market, technical difficulties kept within the realms of amateur pianists. The Three Etudes are musically on a different planet, with more weight and substance, though please also look out the Marco Parlo disc where the works are of more substance. The multi-awarding winning Brazilian pianist is a persuasive champion, and the use of a small recording venue reinforces the music’s salon credentials. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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