This album was recorded live at London's Wigmore Hall in January 2012, and it would be interesting to know whether its release was planned ahead of time or motivated by ongoing affection for the performances. Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses and Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires have often played as a duo, and the easy conversational quality they have achieved is fully evident here. But the beauty goes beyond the usual chamber music competences. Meneses is rightly renowned for his rich tone, which remains undamaged even in the upper reaches of the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, a work written for a defunct six-stringed instrument somewhere between cello and guitar; it lies a bit high for the cello, but Meneses is untroubled by that. The real star of the show, though, may be Pires, who contributes some deeply mysterious Brahms Intermezzi and calibrates her role with astonishing precision in the duo works, emerging into full duet partnership in the final Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38. Beautiful and more, with a dark, melancholy strain unifying the whole, this is chamber music reminiscent of the golden age. Deutsche Grammophon's engineering team also deserves notice for the startling live presence, undiminished by intrusions of noise.
Import five CD release from the acclaimed Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist contains five of his classic albums housed in paper sleeves in one package. This set features the albums Wonderful World Of (1965); Love Strings & Jobim (1966); A Certain Mr Jobim (1967); Urubu (1976) and Terra Brasilis (1980).
Tears of Lisbon reveals the soul of Portugal in a program featuring music of the Renaissance placed side by side with today's popular fado. In this highly unusual recording, Paul Van Nevel and the Huelgas Ensemble come together with contemporary fadistas to explore the heartfelt melancholy pervading Portuguese music, from ancient times to the present.
Troisième ouvrage issu de la collaboration entre Antonio Negri et Michael Hardt, Commonwealth poursuit la critique du triumvirat république, modernité et capital, en affirmant la nécessité d’instituer et de gérer un monde de richesses partagées. Le commun en question est de nature écologique mais aussi biopolitique, puisque ce sont les connaissances, langages, images, codes, affects et réseaux de communication qu’une société produit de manière collective. …