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Solo Piano - Released January 1, 2002 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Choc de l'année du Monde de la Musique - Choc du Monde de la Musique - 3F de Télérama - 10 de Classica-Répertoire - Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros
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Classical - Released August 25, 2017 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released June 15, 2015 | INA Mémoire vive

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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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While Nelson Freire is world famous as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Frédéric Chopin, he is well known in Brazil as a brilliant exponent of the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and other composers of his country. Brasileiro is a 2012 release on Decca that explores Freire's lifelong relationship with his compatriots' music, and reveals him to be as eloquent in their colorful pieces as he is in the European classics. Serving up a generous program of solo piano music by Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri, Henrique Oswald, Alexandre Levy, Joaquim Antônio Barrozo Netto, Oscar Lorenzo Fernández, Claudio Santoro, and Francisco Mignone, Freire demonstrates that it is all highly sophisticated fare, often as cosmopolitan as it is concentrated with local flavors. Villa-Lobos certainly reflects both in his charming character pieces, which show a blending of dreamy impressionism with witty neo-classicism, while the dance impulse is particularly strong in many of the selections by other composers, along with suggestions of Brazilian folk songs and moody scene painting. The sound of this recording is generally soft and warm, suffused with a resonant ambience that lends a special glow to Freire's playing, though without blurring his crisp attacks and lively rhythms. ~ Blair Sanderson
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Classical - Released March 1, 2010 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 5, 2015 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Keyboard Concertos - Released August 11, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

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These recordings reveal Nelson Freire in 1966, aged 22, making his German radio "début" (at RIAS in Berlin) with a somewhat unusual repertoire: Grieg's Lyric Pieces, which are somewhat removed from any notion of virtuosity, followed by a few moments of the most dramatic of Liszt's works - the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5, which the composer himself referred to as a "heroic elegy"; and the Fifth, which is known by the rather more sober name Preludio. Twenty years later, still in Berlin in 1986, the same Freire would perform Saint-Saëns's Second Concerto, accompanied by the Berlin Radio Symphonic Orchestra, since become known as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin directed by Ádám Fischer; this was a radio concert recorded in public and broadcast live, so no cheating was possible - not that Freire was known for such things, of course. These are fascinating archives which show that the Brazilian pianist in full command of his phenomenal powers at 22, and with a superb maturity which remains youthful and joyful for Saint-Saëns. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 19, 2014 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Year
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Classical - Released January 1, 2011 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released October 18, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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The great Nelson Freire waited until 2015, at the venerable age of 71 years young, to fully dedicate a record to Johann Sebastian Bach. Rather than attacking one genre, or one group, he prefers to offer up a cleverly conceived panorama of great original compositions, as well as transcriptions for piano based on his pieces for organ and vocal works. The transcripts are those of Alexander Siloti, Ferruccio Busoni or Myra Hess. As a bonus, we discover an example of a transcription of Bach himself - but from a colleague, Marcello in this case. Obviously, the transcription style of Bach vs. those of Siloti, Busoni and Hess differ radically, if only by the fact that the latter three were made for a modern piano, while Bach transcribed from Marcello's chamber orchestra to end up with a sole harpsichord. Nelson Freire, who plays the original pieces of Bach or quasi-romantic transcriptions, delivers a speech with full transparency here, allowing the listener to marvel in the polyphonic complexity of this timeless music. © SM/Qobuz, Translation/BM
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Classical - Released October 18, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released August 25, 2017 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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