Nelson Freire: Brasileiro

Pianist Nelson Freire was born in Brazil. And hearing perform music from his native country is a special treat. I particularly enjoyed the Tango Brazileiro, and the many selections by Villa – Lobos.

The selections on this CD are as follows:

Barroso Neto:

Minha Terra

Fernandez, O L:

Três Estudos em forma de sonatina, Op. 62

Guarnieri, C:

Dança Negra
Ponteio No. 24

Levy, A:

Tango Brasileiro


Valse élégante
Quatro Peças Brasileiras: Maroca (No. 1)
Congada (Danca brasileira)

Oswald, H:

Valse Lente


Paulistana Nos. 1


Carnaval das Crianças (Children’s Carnival)
Chôros No. 5 ‘Alma Brasileira’ for piano
A Mare Encheu
Valsa da Dor
Saudades das Selvas Brasilieras (Longong for the Barzilian Forests)
Pobre Cega (Cirandinha No. 5)
A Canoa virou
A Lenda do Caboclo
A Prole do Bebê, book 2: O Gatinho de Papelão
New York Skyline

Performed by Nelson Freire (piano)

Nelson Freire’s  new album, “Brasileiro: Villa-Lobos & Friends”, pays tribute to his country’s greatest composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, upon the 125th anniversary of his birth.

This recording contains Freire’s personal choice of rarely – recorded pieces by seven other lesser-known Brazilian composers whose music helped shape his artistic personality during his formative early years.

Comprising works that roughly span the seventy or so years of Villa-Lobos’s own lifetime, Freire’s chosen repertoire shows us the compositions of three generations of Brazilian composers.

This music combines Mr. Freire’s technical mastery and his legendary sense of melodic line, to bring us a uniquely authentic touch to the rarely heard piano music of his native country.

Here is Mr. Freire performing the music of Villa Lobos:


And here is the wonderful Andante from the Piano Concerto number 2 of Johannes Brahms:


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