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Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, February 2017

PRADO, J.A.R. de A.: Cartas Celestes, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1-3 and 15 (Scopel) GP709
PRADO, J.A.R. de A.: Cartas Celestes, Vol. 2 - Nos. 4-6 (Scopel) GP710

…Scopel’s pianistic skills are extraordinary but it is primarily his intense identification with this music that makes the performances so great. © 2017 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2017

José Antônio Rezende de Almeida Prado was born in Brazil in 1943 and became one of the nation’s most prolific composers working within a personal world of sound. Boulanger and Messiaen featured among his mentors during his period of education in France, and it would have been there that he would have been encouraged to develop his own musical path. That road was to take him down the enormous score of eighteen Cartas Celestes (Celestial Charts), fifteen of them written for solo piano over a period of thirty-five years, the fifteenth completed in 2009 just months before his death. Being totally dependent on the notes that come with the disc, they have now rather lost me, though I gather that this second disc completes the recording project—but I may well be totally wrong! Repeating my review of the first volume: ‘the whole idea began in 1974 when he was commissioned to write incidental music for a spectacle at the Planetarium of São Paulo’. It then sparked his interest in the Brazilian sky overnight and he tried to depict in sound the sight of Planets in a language he described as ‘transtonality’, a spin-off of Messiaen’s attempt to convey birdsong on the keyboard. The result is certainly intriguing, with a wide range of tempi and dynamics to retain interest, and I would commend the Fourth to you as a starting point. He dedicated the Fifteenth—heard on the previous disc—to the Brazilian pianist, Aleyson Scopel, and it is good to have him recording the works, the music requiring an outstanding technique. The recorded sound is very good. © 2017 David’s Review Corner




Rebecca Franks
BBC Music Magazine, February 2017

Here are three chunky instalments of the Brazilian composer Almeida Prado’s celestial 18-movement piano cycle, convincingly performed with otherworldly atmosphere by Scopel. © 2017 BBC Music Magazine





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