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Marcelo Bratke|Ernesto Nazareth: Solo Piano Works

Ernesto Nazareth: Solo Piano Works

Marcelo Bratke

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The music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, in a sense, accomplished single-handedly what it took American culture several centuries to achieve: a fusion of European and African elements. Into a conventional "salon" piano style derived from Chopin, Nazareth introduced Afro-Brazilian rhythms and forms such as the choro and tango. The latter came in several flavors, and hearing Nazareth's facility in handling them reminds the listener that this Argentine-Uruguayan dance, just as much as purely Brazilian dances, originated among black South Americans. Brazilian pianist Marcelo Bratke, in his own notes, draws a compelling picture of the young Nazareth performing in genteel Brazilian halls whose windows have been thrown open due to the tropical heat, and thus hearing the African percussion emanating from Rio's hillside slums. Bratke selects pieces that are well known among Brazilians and that showcase Nazareth's substantial melodic gift; just try to get the main tune of the tango Brejeiro, track 1, out of your head after sampling it. From a North American point of view, it is a bit of a shame that the polka genre is represented by only a single piece, Ameno Resedá, track 15; the collision of African rhythms with those of the march family resulted in pieces that sound startlingly like piano rags, and Nazareth wrote a lot of these. The program here, swaying between waltz and tango, is compelling in itself, however. Bratke's background is in classical music, and it is possible to emphasize the syncopations present in the music (even in the waltzes) more than he does. In his notes, though, Bratke points to Nazareth's own ambivalence about the African genres, which were strictly circumscribed at the time in Brazil (which did not abolish slavery until 25 years after the United States, with its own late abolition). His rather decorous approach may have the advantage of approaching the music on its own terms rather than reasoning backward from samba, Brazilian jazz, and all the glorious colors of the Brazilian musical rainbow that, as Bratke rightly notes, Nazareth helped inspire. This is a helpful single-disc introduction to Nazareth, leaving room to pursue his artistry in greater depth.
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Brejeiro (Ernesto Nazareth)

1
(Mischievous)
00:02:20

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Passaros em festa (Ernesto Nazareth)

2
Passaros em festa
00:05:11

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Tenebroso (Gloomy) (Ernesto Nazareth)

3
Tenebroso (Gloomy)
00:04:05

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho (I've Got You, Cavaquinho) (Ernesto Nazareth)

4
Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho (I've Got You, Cavaquinho)
00:02:30

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Confidencias (Confidences) (Ernesto Nazareth)

5
Confidencias (Confidences)
00:04:15

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Sarambeque (Ernesto Nazareth)

6
Sarambeque
00:03:05

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Travesso (Ernesto Nazareth)

7
Travesso
00:03:15

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Coração Que Sente (Ernesto Nazareth)

8
Coracao que sente
00:05:47

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Odeon (Ernesto Nazareth)

9
Odeon
00:02:58

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Eponina (Ernesto Nazareth)

10
Eponina
00:05:12

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Cubanos (Ernesto Nazareth)

11
Cubanos
00:02:48

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Cre e espera (Ernesto Nazareth)

12
Cre e espera
00:03:19

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Fon-fon (Ernesto Nazareth)

13
Fon-fon
00:02:58

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

14
Vespers
00:04:32

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Faceira (Ernesto Nazareth)

15
Faceira
00:04:12

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Batuque (Ernesto Nazareth)

16
Batuque
00:04:23

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Ameno Reseda (Ernesto Nazareth)

17
Ameno Reseda
00:03:03

Ernesto Nazareth, Composer - Marcelo Bratke, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Quartz Music (P) 2008 Quartz Music

Album Description

The music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, in a sense, accomplished single-handedly what it took American culture several centuries to achieve: a fusion of European and African elements. Into a conventional "salon" piano style derived from Chopin, Nazareth introduced Afro-Brazilian rhythms and forms such as the choro and tango. The latter came in several flavors, and hearing Nazareth's facility in handling them reminds the listener that this Argentine-Uruguayan dance, just as much as purely Brazilian dances, originated among black South Americans. Brazilian pianist Marcelo Bratke, in his own notes, draws a compelling picture of the young Nazareth performing in genteel Brazilian halls whose windows have been thrown open due to the tropical heat, and thus hearing the African percussion emanating from Rio's hillside slums. Bratke selects pieces that are well known among Brazilians and that showcase Nazareth's substantial melodic gift; just try to get the main tune of the tango Brejeiro, track 1, out of your head after sampling it. From a North American point of view, it is a bit of a shame that the polka genre is represented by only a single piece, Ameno Resedá, track 15; the collision of African rhythms with those of the march family resulted in pieces that sound startlingly like piano rags, and Nazareth wrote a lot of these. The program here, swaying between waltz and tango, is compelling in itself, however. Bratke's background is in classical music, and it is possible to emphasize the syncopations present in the music (even in the waltzes) more than he does. In his notes, though, Bratke points to Nazareth's own ambivalence about the African genres, which were strictly circumscribed at the time in Brazil (which did not abolish slavery until 25 years after the United States, with its own late abolition). His rather decorous approach may have the advantage of approaching the music on its own terms rather than reasoning backward from samba, Brazilian jazz, and all the glorious colors of the Brazilian musical rainbow that, as Bratke rightly notes, Nazareth helped inspire. This is a helpful single-disc introduction to Nazareth, leaving room to pursue his artistry in greater depth.
© TiVo

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