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PRADO, José Antônio Resende de Almeida (1943-2010)


  • Aleyson Scopel, piano

Almeida Prado’s vast cycle of Cartas Celestes (Celestial Charts) depicts the celestial bodies visible in the Brazilian night sky during the four seasons of the year. As the cycle evolves so does Almeida Prado’s sound world and colour palette, reaching a highly transcendent and poetic view of the universe with an ever-evolving harmonic language that includes the composer’s own invented “transtonality”. The composer himself described Aleyson Scopel’s performances on Volume 1 [GP709] as “straight from heaven!”


Cartas Celestes No. 9 (1999) * (00:17:07)
Cartas Celestes No. 10, "The Constellations of the Mystical Animals" (2000) * (00:15:55)
Cartas Celestes No. 12, "The Sky of Nicholas Roerich" (2000) * (00:12:51)
Cartas Celestes No. 14 (2001) (00:15:31)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:01:24

The Artist

Brazilian pianist Aleyson Scopel is a recipient of the Nelson Freire and Magda Tagliaferro awards, and has also won numerous prizes in international competitions such as the William Kapell, Villa-Lobos, Corpus Christi, Kingsville and Southern Highland International Piano Competitions. Aleyson Scopel graduated with distinction in performance and academic honours from the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston. During his years at the conservatory he studied with Patricia Zander and was also awarded the Blüthner prize. He then furthered his studies in Brazil with Celia Ottoni and Myrian Dauelsberg.