01 April 2016

Antonio Vaz Lemes

Brazilian rhythms, African roots, European and North American influences, jazz and rock, all rub shoulders in Brazil, as they do in this collection of Brazilian piano sonatas. Antonio Vaz Lemes conceived this album as a reflection of Brazil’s diverse musical influences: “we have all these nationalities living together”.
Mehmari’s Sonata was composed specifically for Antonio Vaz Lemes, using rhapsodic, improvisatory techniques reminiscent of jazz, alongside influences as wide-ranging as Prokofiev, Liszt, and the playful lyricism of Brazilian popular music.

Guarnieri’s Sonata takes the listener on a journey from tension, to bitterness, to triumph, while Amazonas’ Sonatina is a tribute to the urbane wit of Francis Poulenc.

Villani-Côrtes is one of Brazil’s most performed living composers, respected both as a popular musician and as a classical composer. On listening to this recording of Antionio Vaz Lemes performing his Sonata, Villani-Côrtes declared: “At that moment, I felt my life reached its climax!”

Currently residing in São Paulo, Antonio Vaz Lemes is a Professor at the Municipal School of Arts Initiation (EMIA). Sonata Brasileira is his first solo album; his collaborative album with countertenor Edson Cordeiro was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.

01 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – I Giocoso // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  1. 01 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – I Giocoso // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  2. 02 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – II Lent // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  3. 03 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – III Giocoso tres rythme // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  4. 04 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – I Preamble // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  5. 05 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – II Waltz // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  6. 07 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – IV Soliloquy // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  7. 08 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – V Scherzo and Trio // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  8. 09 – Rudolf Escher – Sonata for clarinet solo – I Molto tranquillo // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  9. 11 – Rudolf Escher – Sonata for clarinet solo – III Comodo // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  10. 12 – Erland von Koch – Monolog nr 3 – I Andante sostenuto // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  11. 13 – Erland von Koch – Monolog nr 3 – II Allegro vivace // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  12. 14 – Bela Kovacs – Hommage a M. Falla // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  13. 15 – Henrik Odegaard – Antiphona V Ave Maria // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  14. 16 – Sergio Azevedo – Sonatina para clarinete solo – I Allegro // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  15. 17 – Sergio Azevedo – Sonatina para clarinete solo – II In a not quite so relaxed mood // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  16. 18 – Sergio Azevedo – Sonatina para clarinete solo – III Allegro // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  17. 19 – Giovanni Mattaliano – Zeta world // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE