Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ernesto Nazareth Discography

We had the message below from Alexandre Dias, the complete Ernesto Nazareth Discography has just been uploaded at the IMS website. A most comprehensive work is now available here.

"It is with immense joy and pride that I inform that Ernesto Nazareth is the first composer in the world to have his discography entirely available online. At the website - discography section ("discografia/gravações") an extensive table is available, which catalogs around 2.500 recordings of Nazareth's compositions made from 1902 to the present, in the whole world. And to make the catalog richer, 2.043 recordings are available to be listened instantly on stream (downloads are not available). You just have to click on a line, and the player will appear. Then click on the play button.

There we have the first Brazilian 78-RPM recordings ever made, in the first decade of the 20th century by legendary Casa Edison, with the military bands and some of the first choro ensembles, going through Nazareth's own recordings, the explosion of his music in 1914 in the U.S. and Paris, the transition period in the 1940s with American influences, the first anthological LPs from the 1950s with Jacob do Bandolim, Radamés Gnattali and Carolina Cardoso de Menezes, the popular singers, his great re-descovery by the pianists Eudóxia de Barros in 1963 and Arthur Moreira Lima in 1975, which led his works definitely into the concert halls, entering the CD era with espectacular arrangements for the most diverse instrumentations, including symphonic orchestra, in a time which Japaneses, Americans, Frenchs, Norwegians, Uruguayans, Canadians, Icelanders, Brazilians, and many others, record him, showing the long reach of his works.

This is a previously unpublished research which I've been doing for the past 13 years, which shows that Ernesto Nazareth is one of Brazil's most recorded and cherished composers. To see it made available represents a more-than- dream, which was only possible thanks to the extraordinary vision of Instute Moreira Salles, represented by Bia Paes Leme and Paulo Aragão, also coordinators of the website.

Help us spread the word about it. I wish you all a deep dive into the universe of Nazareth's discography, and that you may always marvel yourselves with the possibilities of his music.

Alexandre Dias

Congratulations to Alexandre Dias and the staff at IMS for managing a great work!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Some Choro News

The "Rainha do choro"/"Queen of Choro", Ademilde Fonseca passed away on March 27th, 91 years old. Ademilde Fonseca died of a heart attack, she will forever be remembered as a unique singer, an expressive and original interpreter of choro and related Brazilian popular music. An obituary in Portuguese and English is available here. R.I.P.
If you are searching YouTube for Brazilian music, I recommend a visit to the BRAZILIAN MUSIC channel by SenhorDaVoz, click here. - The channel has uploaded c.1900 videos and contains both audio takes of recorded music and video recordings of TV programs.The channel has generated playlists to make the navigation easier. In the playlist for Jacob do Bandolim I was surprised to find some uploaded videos of private audio recordings featuring Jacob do Bandolim, a couple of them taped from radio programs and some from the home of Jacob. Below I insert a video take of a radio performance, Jacob do Bandolim and his conjunto playing "Soluçando" by Cândido Pereira da Silva

Next week, April the 23th, Dia Nacional do Choro commemorating Pixinguinha's birthday will be celebrated all over Brazil and other places where choro and Brazilian culture is an integrated part of local culture. Be shure to check out local media for information on events in your area.Here at the blog we will mark choro day by commemorating Ademilda Fonseca and her great recording debut of "Tico-tico no fubá" from 1942 - enjoy the "Rainha do choro"/"Queen of Choro"

Summertime is coming closer this part of the Earth, and if you haven't planned your summer holidays yet, a great option may be to join a week of Summer School learning to play choro. The Dartington International Summer School of Music, England, offers a course of choro 11-18 August directed by João Bosco de Oliveira, more info to be found at the organisation's website, click here