Joanna Brzezinska, piano
The past few years have provided a bumper crop of excellent Villa-Lobos piano CDs. The Polish-born, Swiss-resident pianist Joanna Brzezinska-Maurer weighs in with a very well-played and well-recorded disc that includes both suites from A Prole do Bebê.
The disc also includes a nice relaxed performance of the early Suite Floral, and a novelty that's a real eye-opener: the Choros #1 for guitar arranged for piano. This piece translates well; the result on the piano reminds one of Ernesto Nazareth. Sonia Rubinsky includes the arrangement (by Odmar Amaral Gurgel) in the third volume of her complete cycle on Naxos. Rubinsky's version is more rugged than the polished version on this Claves recording; I love listening to both.
You can listen to a long sample from Brzezinska-Maurer's Choros #1 on her website here - along with portions of other pieces from the CD.
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