Guarnieri: Piano Music, Vol 1
Naxos 8.572626-27 (2 CDs)
Guarnieri: Dança Negra (3:28); Dança Brasileira (2:23); Dança Selvagem (1:55)
Max Barros, piano
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri was the most important Brazilian composer next to Villa-Lobos. Guarnieri’s piano music embodies his most distinctive stylistic features. The Ponteios are characterized by an enormous variety of Brazilian music styles and moods, and the Sonata can be seen as a summary of Guarnieri’s musical personality. Max Barros’s “unfaltering brio and a complete command of the idiom” (Gramophone) can also be heard in Guarnieri’s Piano Concertos.