Nazareth: Tangos, Waltzes and Polkas

Nazareth: Tangos, Waltzes and Polkas

     
 
What is probably the easiest way to describe the music of Ernesto Nazareth, that is, as Latin ragtime, is also the crudest simplification of it and an actual misnomer. Nazareth was a Brazilian pianist who began composing in the 1870s, nearly two decades before ragtime developed. His musical education was informal more than formal, but he was familiar with European

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What is probably the easiest way to describe the music of Ernesto Nazareth, that is, as Latin ragtime, is also the crudest simplification of it and an actual misnomer. Nazareth was a Brazilian pianist who began composing in the 1870s, nearly two decades before ragtime developed. His musical education was informal more than formal, but he was familiar with European classical music and the works of Chopin, in particular. Although the influence of Chopin shows through once in a while in his work, the popular music of Brazil is what he based his compositions on and what his music became before his death in 1934. This disc by Iara Behs includes some of his most popular tangos and other dances, including "Brejeiro," "Odeon," and "Sarambeque," all played skillfully. She understands the shifting rhythms and syncopations, making it easy to see why Nazareth is compared to Joplin. "Espalhafatoso" bounces with offbeat accents and ebullience, and "Apanhei-te Cavaquinho" bubbles at the top of the keyboard. On the other hand, she gives the slower waltzes, such as "Confidências" and "Epônina," soft, flowing lines and sweet or wistful melodies. The gloom of "Tenebroso" is of the temporary sort that won't weigh down anyone's step. The selections here demonstrate Nazareth's natural ability to combine Brazilian dance rhythms in new ways, with original, pleasing melodies. Behs' performance demonstrates why the works became classics of Brazilian music.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313268726
catalogNumber:
8557687
Rank:
134666

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Tracks

  1. Espalhafatoso
  2. Brejeiro, tango for piano
  3. Confidências, for piano Op 142
  4. Escovado, tango for piano
  5. Nenê, tango for piano
  6. Ameno resedá , polka for piano, Op 144
  7. Turbilhão de beijos, waltz for piano
  8. Gaúcho, for piano
  9. Plangente, tango for piano
  10. Topázio Líqüido, tango for piano
  11. Ouro sobre azul, tango for piano
  12. Sarambeque, tango for piano
  13. Epônina, waltz for piano
  14. Escorregando, tango brasileiro for piano
  15. Tenebroso, tango for piano
  16. Odeon, tango for piano, Op 146
  17. Apanhei-te cavaquinho, tango for piano

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