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OSWALD, Henrique (1852-1931)

PIANO WORKS

PAGINE D’ALBUM, OP. 3* • IMPROMPTU, OP. 19 • ALBUM, OP. 32* • ALBUM, OP. 33 • ALBUM, OP. 36 • VALSA LENTA, OP. POSTH. • EN NACELLE* • 3 ÉTUDES • ESTUDO PARA A MÃO ESQUERDA • ESTUDO (OBRA POSTHUMA )*


  • Sergio Monteiro, piano

Henrique Oswald was one of the most important composers in South America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His European-influenced music was suppressed by Brazilian nationalist sentiment in the 1930s and 40s, but on Oswald’s death Villa- Lobos described him as “the most admirable composer of this country”. This programme provides an excellent overview of his stylistic development, from the youthful, salon music aesthetic of Pagine d’album to the French impressionism of the Album Op. 36 and the masterful Trois Études.

Tracklist

 
Pagine d'Album, Op. 3 (1884) (00:16:16 )
1
No. 1. Preludio * (00:01:09)
2
No. 2. Sognando * (00:03:23)
3
No. 3. Impromptu * (00:01:26)
4
No. 4. In Hamac * (00:04:47)
5
No. 5. Romanza * (00:02:18)
6
No. 6. Scherzo * (00:03:19)
7
Impromptu, Op. 19 (c. 1900) (00:02:32)
 
Album, Op. 32 (c. 1900s) (00:09:24 )
8
No. 1. Romance * (00:02:51)
9
No. 2. Valse * (00:02:13)
10
No. 3. Serenade * (00:01:26)
11
No. 4. Menuet * (00:02:56)
 
Album, Op. 33 (c. 1920) (00:05:54 )
12
No. 1. Sur la Plage (00:02:26)
13
No. 2. Idylle (00:02:03)
14
No. 3. Pierrot (00:01:27)
 
Album, Op. 36 (c1905) (00:04:57 )
15
No. 1. Bebe s'endort (00:02:19)
16
No. 2. Pierrot se meurt (00:01:17)
17
No. 3. Chauve-Sourris (00:01:23)
18
Valsa Lenta, Op. posth. () (00:01:44)
19
En Nacelle (c. 1900s) * (00:02:46)
 
3 Etudes (1912) (00:09:00 )
20
No. 1 in D-Flat Major (00:03:55)
21
No. 2 in C Minor (00:02:24)
22
No. 3. in E Major (00:02:44)
23
Estudo para a mao esquerda (1921) (00:06:20)
24
Estudo (posthumous edition) (1897) * (00:02:26)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:01:34

The Artist

Brazilian pianist Sergio Monteiro studied at the National Music School of Rio de Janeiro (Jose Henrique Duprat and Myrian Dauelsberg), and has also earned his Doctor of Musical at the Eastman School of Music in the United States, under Nelita True. He is a winner of several South american piano competitions, including the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires. He has performed in venues such as the Toronto Center for the Arts (Canada), the Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie (Berlin), the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) and the Martha Argerich Festival (Japan). In 2010 he was invited to join the Steinway Artists’ roster.

Reviews

“All these miniatures are beautiful and exquisite, and this is an immensely enjoyable recital. The mood is generally congenial, sometimes melancholy, and without emotional extremes. …Monteiro plays well…” – American Record Guide

“The multi-awarding winning Brazilian pianist is a persuasive champion” – David Denton