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ClassicsOnline Home » MIGNONE, F.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / 3 Spanish Songs / 2 Essays (Brasileiro: Works of Francisco Mignone) (Cuarteto Latinoamericano)
Out from under Villa's shadow
Francisco Mignone is finally coming out a bit from the immense shadow of his older contemporary Villa-Lobos, and this CD from the Cuarteto Latinoamericano should help the Sao Paulo-born composer win some new friends. Though most of these pieces come from Mignone's nationalist phase, his string quartets, like Villa's, are about more than just the folklore, dances, and popular music of Brazil. Both the 1st and the 2nd String Quartets are elaborate and sophisticated works of serious music, with much the same solid structure and appealing forward movement of Haydn's or Bartok's string quartets. The program also includes a number of short, light, traditional Brazilian and Spanish dances, but also two abstract pieces of the highest quality and inspiration: the Two Essays for String Quartet from 1958. These dozen minutes of music demonstrate why Mignone deserves to be classed with South America's greatest composers.
In this new disc from Dorian Sono Luminus, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano makes the same persuasive argument for Mignone that they did for Villa-Lobos in their 2009 recording of the complete String Quartets. There's that shadow again!more....
Well Worth Seeking Out
These are attractive, well crafted works for string quartet by Brazilian, Francisco Mignone (1897-1986). The writing is always interesting and often inspired. This is a generous program at 60 minutes. The playing of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano is balanced and unified. The sound is just fine. Recommended.more....
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