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All Music (USA) "The OUR Recordings engineering team achieves impressive results with the tricky recorder-and-guitar duos. Recommended".

September 15, 2017

James Manheim


An album of Brazilian recorder music perhaps seems unacceptably obscure, but recorder superstar Michala Petri is always a pleasure, and this little collection offers many charming moments. Much of the music was arranged from piano pieces or other instruments, but there are a few recorder originals, and one work, the delightful Pingue-Pongeu of Paulo Bellinati is for any pair of instruments. The key of the album´s success is that Petri modulates the sound of her instrument to produce a seemingly artless sound that fits the folk like nature of most of the melodies here. A few pieces call for virtuoso effects, but for the most part the focus is on Petri´s singing tone. Several of the Brazilian giants, including songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim and composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, are included. The bulk of the music is semi-popular, following in the lines of thoughts Villa-Lobos laid down. Percussion is added on some of the more rhythmic numbers (and most of them are rhythmic). Sample Cauteloso by Daniel Murray, purely Brazilian despite of the name, who is a classic example of the choro genre first exploited by Villa-Lobos decades earlier, just slightly expanded chromatically. The OUR Recordings engineering team achieves impressive results with the tricky recorder-and-guitar duos. Recommended. James Manheim, September 2017