Brasileiro: Works of Francisco Mignone

Brasileiro: Works of Francisco Mignone

by Cuarteto Latinoamericano


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Brasileiro: Works of Francisco Mignone

The fresh, unfamiliar repertoire of this album should appeal to fans of chamber music who want to branch out beyond the classics of standard European string quartet repertoire from the 18th or 19th centuries. This exciting album showcasing the works of Francisco Mignone is performed with great feeling and expressivity by the unique and inspiring Cuarteto LatinoAmericano from Mexico. Longtime veterans of Latin American repertoire for string quartets, they bring their love of interesting and rather unknown repertoire to this CD. All the works are so attractive that it's practically impossible to choose a favorite without unfairly slighting the others. The "String Quartet No. 2" is engaging in its emotion and texture. By turns active, melancholy, dance-like, or delightfully cacophonous, it catches the listener's attention and never lets it go. The "Seresta No. 2 for double quartet" is a treat, with a rich lushness that is the result of combining forces with La Catrina String Quartet. The musicians really play into the strings, and one can feel the bouncy allegro with each bow stroke. Each instrument holds its own weight and is an important voice in this work. The Minueto is very sweet and tender in contrast to other vigorous pieces on the album; it is like an elegant society piece to be heard in a gilded salon. Also tender and moving are the "Three Spanish Songs." "Nana" is like a lilting lullaby, and the ending is amazing, with each of the musicians having perfect control at the tip of the bow. "Las mujeres" is full of fire, and the low strings play as fluidly as the high ones. It is no wonder that the Cuarteto plays so well together, as there are three brothers among them, and it is also a credit to their long history together that they understand each other so closely as musicians. Sticklers for perfect technique might notice a lighter style of bowing and an occasional sense of under-energized playing that leads to a slightly flat pitch. None of this seems to interrupt the flow of the music or its expression, which is the Cuarteto's strength. They are also capable of a clean, stately elegance, as one can hear in the Moderato from the "Two Essays for String Quartet." It is a shame the composer of such fascinating, enjoyable music is not more widely known. ~ V. Vasan

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2012
Label: Sono Luminus
UPC: 0053479214720
catalogNumber: 92147
Rank: 190762


  1. Essays (2) for string quartet
  2. Canciones Españolas (3), for string quartet
  3. Barcarola, for string quartet
  4. String Quartet No. 1
  5. Seresta for double string quartet No. 2
  6. String Quartet No. 2

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Brasileiro: Works of Francisco Mignone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lollidamaAC More than 1 year ago
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.
Dean_Frey More than 1 year ago
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 make 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!