JOSÉ ANTÔNIO DE ALMEIDA PRADO (1943-2010): Works for Piano and Orchestra - Piano Concerto No. 1, Aurora, Concerto Fribourgeois (World Premiere Recordings).
Catalogue Number: 05V057
Description: After studying with Camargo Guarneiri for six yeares, Almeida Prado developed an interest in the works of Stockhausen, Boulez and Ligeti. In 1969 he moved to Paris, where he broadened his compositional vocabulary by studying the classical canon and its techniques of counterpoint and harmony with Nadia Boulanger, and by immersing himself in the mysticism, rhythm, modes and synaesthesia of Messiaen. His works matured, acquiring their own unique perfumes and perspectives from sonorities rooted in an ‘untamed’ Brazilianness, and in the multicolored flora and fauna of his native country Almeida Prado created music of unique sonority and color, rooted in his native Brazil. In Aurora (1975) he employs his newly developed ‘transtonality’ to radiant effect, while the Concerto Fribourgeois (1985) features a collage technique. In his concerto (1982-83) Almeida Prado explores a cogent structure in which the soloist opens up, rips apart or transforms the theme and variations, in a work that is both grandiose and luminous. Sonia Rubinsky (piano), Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra; Fabio Mechetti.