NAXOS LAUNCHES ‘THE MUSIC OF BRAZIL’ SERIES WITH ALBUM OF ORCHESTRAL WORKS BY ALBERTO NEPOMUCENO, NAXOS 8.574067
In February 2019 NAXOS released Symphony in G minor and other orchestral works by Brazilian composer Alberto Nepomuceno, performed by the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Mechetti. This release marks the start of an ambitious project, Brasil em Concerto, developed by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, promoting music by Brazilian composers dating back to the 18th century. The series will see NAXOS release 100 orchestral works from 19th and 20th century Brazilian composers over the next few years, performed by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra, and the Goiás Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a selection of vocal and chamber music.
In announcing this project, Naxos founder Klaus Heymann commented: "This new 30 album project, Music of Brazil, introduces the general public to a wide range of often unknown composers and orchestral works. The project is a continuation of my longstanding interest in the classical music of Brazil. The Naxos catalogue already has more than one hundred albums featuring Brazilian music, including the award-winning "Complete Symphonies of Heitor Villa-Lobos", with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra that were released between 2011 and 2017. It is with great pleasure that we announce this new Naxos project that continues our exploration of Brazil's great musical heritage."
Most of the works recorded for the series have never had recordings available outside Brazil; many others will have their world premiere recordings. An important part of the project is the preparation of new or even first editions of the works to be recorded, many of which, despite their relevance, have only been available in the composer’s manuscript. This work will be carried out by the Brazilian Academy of Music and by musicologists working together with the orchestras.
Fabio Mechetti, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra commented: “Not much of South America’s 19th music is known around the world. Among the unjustifiably neglected composers of that period and region is Brazilian Alberto Nepomuceno. The opportunity of rediscovering and sharing this repertoire is one of the missions of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic, as it establishes itself as a leading orchestra in the Americas.”