Soul of Brazil
Title:

Soul of Brazil

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Release Date:

13th October 2023

Cat No:

AV2620

Price:

£12.99 (1CD | 16 page booklet)

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Summary:

“Clarice Assad, whose voice easily switches from the dramatic (Estrada do sol) to the breathy (Chovendo na roseira) as the Delgani String Quartet plays with strength, a fine sense of rhythm, plenty of dancelike swing when called for, and a welcome overall sensitivity to both the ethnic and pop-music-like elements of the material. The quartet’s gentle handling of Jobim’s Retrato em branco e preto and Villa-Lobos’ Cair da tarde (which features Assad both vocalizing and playing piano) is a strength of the disc” – Infodad

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Hailed as Oregon’s “finest chamber ensemble” (ArtsWatch) the Delgani String Quartet’s first AVIE appearance was on Icarus, an album of chamber works by award-winning composer Elena Ruehr. A leading musical light of the Pacific Northwest, the Delganis devote their new release to music from south of the border. Soul of Brazil epitomises the adventurous, vibrant and passionate qualities of the South American country, blending classical and popular styles – the suave sounds of Grammy-nominated Clarice Assad’s vocals and piano, new music and arrangements of songs by Antônio Carlos Jobim, alongside the Sixth String Quartet of Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Tracklist:

ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM (1927–1994)
arr. Clarice Assad
1. Estrada do sol (Text: Dolores Duran)
2. Chovendo na roseira (Text: A.C. Jobim)
3. Quebra-pedra (Text: A.C. Jobim)
4. Retrato em branco e preto (Text: Chico Buarque)

CLARICE ASSAD (b.1978)
5. Glitch for string quartet

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS (1887–1959)
String Quartet No.6 W.399
6. I. Poco animato
7. II. Allegretto
8. III. Andante, quasi adagio
9. IV. Allegro vivace

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS
arr. Clarice Assad
10. Cair da tarde W.544 (Text: Dora Alencar Vasconcellos)

Delgani String Quartet
Anthea Kreston and Jannie Wei, violins
Kimberlee Uwate, viola · Eric Alterman, cello
with Clarice Assadvocals, piano

Recorded: June 2022; except String Quartet No.6, September 2022, Gung Ho Studio, Eugene, Oregon
Recording Producer, Editor & Engineer: Billy Barnett
Mastering: Mark Wilsher

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