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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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