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Tom Moore
American Record Guide, September 2018

This Volume 4 of the set by Brazilian pianist Aleyson Scopel I believe completes the set intended for piano (most of the 18). The original commission giving rise to a rather unusual set of musical works (solo piano pieces inspired by the appearance of the star charts for various parts of the night sky, the parts identified by constellation) apparently came from the journalist and cultural bureaucrat in Sao Paulo, Jose Luis Paes Nunes, for music to be played at the Planetarium there (the Orsini Planetarium, opened in 1957, the first in Latin America, I believe). © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, July 2018

Aleyson Scopel has embarked on a complete recording of the piano works. I covered the first volume a while ago and I loved it. And we look at today what seems to be the final volume, No. 4 (Grand Piano 747), which covers Nos. 13 and 16–18. Prado studied with Nadia Boulanger and Messiaen and their formative influences are in his music.

No. 13 was completed in 2001; 16–18 in 2010 just before his death. All four have a place for the space about the stars and a place for the stars themselves—a silence and reverberation for the mystery of the in betweens. Vacuum is never truly empty and the reverberation-silences are as much part of the music as the notes.

Aleyson Scopel reads these works with care and poeticism. The deepness of Prado in a Modern lyrical way can be well-gauged in this volume. © 2018 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Records International, May 2018

Following the luminous Brazilian night skies of No. 13, the poetic references of the final trilogy of Cartas in this series refer to constellations named after animals, Grecian and Egyptian mythology, and one last homage to a pivotal figure in Brazilian literature. © 2018 Records International

Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, April 2018

Pianist Scopel understands this very well, and indeed it takes a performer of imagination to play this music with convincing authority. He ties every note and phrase together as if they were stitched into a tapestry, thus creating what can only be termed musical visions. Just as nothing was really random in Prado’s compositions, nothing is random in Scopel’s performances of them. He has undoubtedly practiced and played this music long enough to give each piece, and the separate movements within, their just due. It is truly a great achievement… © 2018 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review

Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, March 2018

…Aleyson Scopel has everything well in hand on the piano side. If anything there is more virtuosity on display here, especially in #16–18, which Almeida Prado wrote in his last year, 2010. …Villa-Lobos famously said “This is my conservatory,” pointing to a map of Brazil. To that map Almeida Prado has appended the great Celestial Map of the sky above Brazil, and Aleyson Scopel is the astronomer and astrologer who makes interprets this beautiful and awesome music. © 2018 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review

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