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Symphonic Jobim – Live Concert recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil Dec. 2002 with members of Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo


Published on May 24, 2005

Symphonic Jobim – Live Concert recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil Dec. 2002 with members of Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo
Symphonic Jobim – Live Concert recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil Dec.
2002 with members of Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo cond.
by Roberto Minczuk. Arrangements by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Claus
Ogerman, Nelson riddle, Eumir Deodato, Dori Caymmi, Paulo Jobim and
Mario Adnet. Special guest: Milton Nascimento – Adventure Music AM1016
2 (2 discs) *****:

An unexpected and
thoroughly captivating live concert from a record label new to me but
now on my list to explore more fully – Adventure Music specializes in
music from Brazil, including many melding Brazilian and American
performers in some very exciting music-making. Songwriter Jobim studied
piano, theory and composition seriously from age 14 onwards, much as
had Astor Piazzolla. His hands were too small for a career of concert
pianist but he discovered his vocation as a composer and created as his
first composition a classical waltz that years later sprouted Chico
Baurque lyrics and the title Imagina (it closes the first side of these
two discs).

The Symphonic Jobim project grew out of a study carried out by the
Instituto Antonio Carlos Jobim, which possesses the original
manuscripts of the musical scores and arrangements by Jobim and others.
These are brand new recordings of such works as Orfeu da Conceicao and
Brazilia – Sinfonia da Alvorada (the latter written in l960 for the new
capital of Brasil). Two unpublished works are included: Preludio dates
from 1956 and Lenda is dedicated to his father Jorge Jobim and was
commissioned by the great guitarist/composer Radames Gnatalli.

Vocalists heard during the concert include Milton Nascimento, Maucha
Adnet, Cecilia Spyer and Jurema de Candia. The selections from the
classic film Black Orpheus are lovely in their orchestral garb, and the
several film soundtrack selections are fascinating – especially the
Piazzollaesque A casa assassinada. The concert closes on the second CD
with an inpiring instrumental of The Girl from Ipanema. Anyone
appreciating even casually the most exciting musical culture in the
world today – Brazilian music – will want to have this glorious concert
in their collection.

Tracks: O planalto deserto, 2 O homem, A chegada dos candangos, O
tralho e a construcao, Preludio, Black Orpheus: Overutre, Macumba,
Modinha, Se todos fossem iguais a voce, A felicidade; Lenda, Imagina;
Saudade do Brasil, Matita Pere, Canta canta mais, Music from A casa
assassinda; Bangzalia, Meo amigo Radames, Gabriela, Girl from Ipanema
(instrumental)

- John Henry




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