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Cello Trio
Tango Brasileiro
Piranha (www.piranha.de)

cd cover Though this group has a name that could only be called pedestrian, the music they produce is anything but. This elegant release explores the range of the cello as it applies to the contemporary classical music of Brazil. Márcio Carneiro and Matias De Oliveira Pinto are natives of Brazil and Peter Dauelsberg hails from Bremen, Germany. This trans-Atlantic cross-pollination gives their sound a cosmopolitan air. The passionate sweep of Brazil and the continental polish of Europe come together with panache.

While Argentina is the first place that comes to mind when you say the word "tango," the trio plays tangos by mid-19th century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth that predate their Argentinean counterparts. The five Nazareth compositions here show a genteel playfulness combined with hip-swinging rhythmic propulsion. Also on the release is a selection by Brazil's favorite son, Heitor Villa-Lobos. The two movements from his "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2" are played with depth of understanding and an envelope-pushing dynamic and expressive range. Contemporary composer Jaime Zenamon contributes his composition "Le petit cirque des enfants." This programmatic suite brings to mind Debussy's "Children's Corner" with its sense of whimsy and picturesque writing. The trio's evocative performance makes the listener see the flipping acrobats and feel the tension of the high wire. Carneiro, Pinto, and Dauelsberg combine high drama and spirited fun and deliver it all with fluid technique and a warm sense of camaraderie. - Peggy Latkovich

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