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GUARNIERI, M.C.: Piano Concertos Nos. 4-6 (Barros, Warsaw Philharmonic, Conlin)

Composer(s):Guarnieri, Camargo
Artist(s) Conlin, Thomas, Conductor • Warsaw Philharmonic OrchestraBarros, Max, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.557667
Label Naxos
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Mozart Camargo Guarnieri is universally recognised as the most important Brazilian composer after Villa-Lobos. The Six Piano Concertos, composed over a period of forty years, offer a complete panorama of Guarnieri’s stylistic evolution, in particular his blend of sophisticated compositional techniques and the improvisational character of Brazilian folk-music. The Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 display a number of avant-garde features that are fundamentally different from the more nationalistic vocabulary that informs the earlier three piano concertos (Naxos 8.557666). Completed shortly after the composer’s eightieth birthday, the chamber-like, intimate Piano Concerto No. 6 returns to an

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Review By James Manheim,Allmusic.com,June 2010

With a name like Mozart Camargo Guarnieri (his brothers were named Verdi and the slightly misspelled Rossine), a compositional career was probably inevitable. Though a prominent figure in Brazilian concert life, and one preferred by Copland to Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri has found only intermittent performances in the U.S. and Europe. His music is ideal for inclusion in the Naxos label’s effort to rediscover various national traditions. Perhaps Camargo Guarnieri suffered because he lived long enough to change his style several times (although this was never an issue wit Stravinsky). After an initial strong rejection of serialism, he accepted a loose version of its principles in the Piano Concerto No. 4 heard here. He passed through several phases of free atonality, and

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