Minas Gerais Orquestra Filarmônica
Fabio Mechetti direction
Nelson Freire piano
Gomes O Guarani : Protofonia
De Falla Nuits dans les jardins d’Espagne
Villa-Lobos Choros No. 6
This programme takes us on an enjoyable journey into the heart of Brazilian music with the overture from the opera-ballet O Guarani, composed by Antonio Carlos Gomes (1836-1896). Gomes, a São Paulo native spent most of his professional career in Europe, where he was sent as a “musical ambassador” by his country’s government. Indeed, his most famous work, O Guarini, was composed at La Scala, Milan in 1870 at a time when Verdi reigned supreme. The exotic element begins in the overture with Indian instruments, in the percussion section in particular. Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) was spotted by Darius Milhaud when he held the position of secretary to the diplomat Paul Claudel who was on a posting in Brazil. His fantasy for piano, Mômoprecoce, performed this evening by fellow countryman Nelson Freire, conjures up children’s carnival preparations. It was composed in the late 1920s during a trip to Paris. The dazzling and eloquent Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla rounds off this programme. This concert will offer an opportunity to make the acquaintance of the Orquestra Filarmmônica de Minas Gerais, which while relatively new (it has just celebrated its first decade), is brimming with enthusiasm and talent.
Production APM - Alessandro Panetto Management