Music recorded by Fred Sturm

Villa-Lobos Miudinho (Bachianas 4/4)

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Piano Music of Federico Ibarra 

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The complete solo piano music of Mexican composer Federico Ibarra Groth, including Sonatas, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 0 and Páramo Pétreo. Federico Ibarra’s music for piano has an extraordinarily magical quality about it. It is emotionally charged, ranging from ethereally delicate to intensely passionate. The overall sound has an immediacy that invites the listener to connect with it on first hearing, yet there is ample underlying complexity to reward repeated and detailed listening.

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Sonidos de Nueva España

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Music by Federico Ibarra (Sonatas 2 and 3); Rodolfo Halffter (Homenaje a Antonio Machado and Secuencia); José Pablo Moncayo (Muros Verdes); Eduardo Hernández Moncada (Costeña);and Blas Galindo (Siete Piezas). Piano music by Mexican composers is not often heard outside Mexico. While the composers of Mexico have not focused on the piano like those of many other countries of Latin America, and throughout the world, there is much Mexican piano music that is well worth listening to and getting to know intimately. The works that appear in this recording were selected based on my personal taste, and include some of my favorite pieces by my favorite Mexican composers for the piano.

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Brazilian Soul

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Some of Villa-Lobos' best music for the piano, including the set of 16Cirandas (based of Brazilian children's songs), A Lenda do CabocloAlma Brasileira (Brazilian Soul), and Ciclo Brasileiro. Villa-Lobos played as he wanted to be played, with clarity, color, sensitivity, balance, and authentic Brazilian soul.

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Spanish Dances

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The ethereal poetry of Mompou, the colorful gypsy imagery of Turina, and the graceful and impassioned Spanish Dances of Granados, performed with sensitivity and flair. Includes the fourth volume of Mompou's Musica Callada and his first four Canciones y Danzas, Turina's Gypsy Dances opus 55, and six of Granados' Danzas Españolas.


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Ginastera and Villa-Lobos

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Music of two of the very best Latin American composers, Argentina's Alberto Ginastera and Brazil's Heitor Villa-Lobos, filled with passion, rhythm, and verve, performed with remarkable sensitivity and power. Includes Ginastera'sDanzas Argentinas, Suite de Danzas Criollas, Twelve American Preludes,and Piezas Infantiles; and Villa-Lobos' A Prole do Bebe suite one, Bachianas Brasileiras #4, and A Lenda do Caboclo.

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American Rags, Brazilian Tangos, and Afrocuban Dances

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Rags from the United States, Tangos from Brazil, and Afrocuban Dances from Cuba. Piano music of Scott Joplin, Joe Lamb, James Scott, Ernesto Nazareth, and Ernesto Lecuona. This music, though from Brazil, Cuba and the United States, shares much of the same flavor and character, because of cross-fertilization by musicians traveling up the coast of South America, across the Caribbean, and up the Mississippi River.

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