Brazilian Music for Oboe & Cello

A brand new album by oboist Alexandre Ficarelli and cellist Raïff Dantas Barreto is out now: “Brazilian Music for Oboe & Cello“. This album is the newest launch from São Paulo (Brazil)-based file label Azul Music.

Alexandre Ficarelli and Raïff Dantas Barreto are colleagues within the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo. In addition to being an oboist, Alexandre is a college professor, with a particular concentrate on Brazilian music. Following intensive analysis of Brazilian oboe and cello repertoire, he invited Raïff to start engaged on this album venture, which incorporates beforehand unpublished and newly commissioned works. Each artists introduced repertoire choices, new concepts, and new insights to the desk, making a collaboration which is a celebration of Brazilian classical music!

Learn on for the interview!


How did you get began in classical music?

  • Alexandre: I come from a household of musicians: my father was a composer, pianist and even carried out just a little, and my uncle (my father’s brother) was a French horn participant within the São Paulo Municipal Symphony Orchestra. I began learning music on the age of 6, starting with the recorder. On the age of 10, I began studying the oboe. It took years of dedication, examine, numerous hours of follow, and a variety of love for music to get to the place I’m as we speak.

  • Raïff: I began enjoying the violin after I was 12 years outdated. I found the cello at age 14 – due to my father, who at all times listened to classical music at dwelling. I used to be additionally fortunate to have an important instructor, Nelson Campos. After a number of years, I went to Italy to review with Enrico Contini on the Conservatory of Parma.

Who’re your favorite composers and why?

  • Raïff: Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Schubert, Shostakovich, and Villa-Lobos. They’re fantastic.

  • Alexandre: It’s totally tough to reply this query. I’ve at all times listened to music, ever since I used to be a child. From Bach to Stravinsky, from Palestrina to Shostakovich, and from Villa-Lobos to Almeida Prado… there was nothing I did not like. I realized to grasp and luxuriate in modern music throughout my examine in Germany. Every music or piece has its personal peculiarity.

How would you describe the classical music of Brazil? What makes it distinctive?

  • Raïff: It is distinctive as a result of it’s a mixture of common music (people music) and European traditions.

  • Alexandre: Complementing what Raïff stated: The combination of cultures comes from European and Black music (from the arrival of African enslaved folks within the sixteenth century) and the traditions of the indigenous individuals who already inhabited these lands. This introduced an unimaginable variety to Brazilian music. The universe of Brazilian music is far broader than simply bossa nova (which I really like) and samba; we’re additionally discovering our music.

How did the thought for this album venture come about?

  • Alexandre: In my tutorial profession (as a professor on the College of São Paulo), I’ve at all times researched Brazilian music. By means of this analysis, I got here throughout some oboe and cello duos that I discovered very fascinating. I invited my pal Raïff to play them, and that was the start of this venture. We performed chamber music collectively, however by no means earlier than as a duo.

  • Raïff: It was an invite from Alexandre that I accepted instantly! We have performed in the identical orchestra for a few years.

What was the method like for researching, growing, rehearsing, and recording your album?

  • Raïff: Alexandre introduced some items, I confirmed him others, and we commissioned composers to create works for our duo.

  • Alexandre: It was an unimaginable course of, the place every of us introduced new insights to the repertoire and options to the musical issues. Recording was a nice expertise; points had been simply solved, and Adonijas Jr. from Arsis Studio was very competent.

Is there a selected work/motion on the album which has a particular which means to you?

  • Raiff: Two works: 1) the Sonatina for solo cello by Mário Ficarelli, which I had the chance to play within the composer’s presence in a live performance devoted to his compositions, and a pair of) the Frevo Obooecélico by Villani-Cortês, who, along with being a powerful composer, is a superb pal.

  • Alexandre: Recording my father’s (Mario Ficarelli) solo piece introduced a combination of emotions (he handed away 7 years in the past). On one hand, I inspired him to write down a solo work for oboe, and it was devoted to me. Then again, it’s at all times a duty to file a chunk for the primary time.

What do you hope listeners will acquire from listening to your album?

  • Raïff: Nice moments turning into accustomed to just a little Brazilian music and these two fantastic devices.

  • Alexandre: I hope everybody has enjoyable listening to Brazilian music, particularly via the weird mixture that’s oboe and cello. Moreover, these songs are not often carried out, even in Brazil!

Do you’ve gotten future tasks deliberate collectively? Do you’ve gotten future plans for persevering with to advance and promote Brazilian music?

  • Raïff: We’ve got many concert events forward as colleagues of the Municipal Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo and as members of our duo. I intend to file the whole work of Villani-Cortês for cello and piano quickly.

  • Alexandre: As Raïff stated, we have now plans to file different duos. I additionally have already got recording classes scheduled for the following album, which is able to contain Brazilian Music for oboe and piano.

What would you say to somebody who shouldn’t be accustomed to classical music however want to get began?

  • Alexandre: Each human being has been uncovered to classical music; they simply do not know how you can classify it. Whether or not in cartoons, motion pictures, or tv, classical music is at all times current. There isn’t a proper or unsuitable in classical music, simply give it an opportunity and check out it out!

  • Raïff: Get began, you will not remorse it!

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Brazilian Music for Oboe & Cello: Monitor-by-track

The artists’ ideas on every of the works from the album:

Raïff: José Guerra Vicente was an important Brazilian composer, and it’s unlucky that the piece shouldn’t be performed extra usually.

Raïff: This work was composed particularly for the duo. It’s a brief piece that requires a variety of talent.

Alexandre: This piece explores totally different traits of the oboe sound masking your complete vary of the instrument.

Alexandre: Modinha is a people music initially from the 18th century. On this model, it receives a contemporary contact. This piece was devoted to our duo.

Alexandre: Baião is a North-eastern Brazilian fashion of music and dance with very uncommon rhythms.

Raïff: This can be a lovely work that enriches the Brazilian solo cello repertoire.

Alexandre: Seresta was a brand new title that emerged in twentieth century Brazil for the oldest custom of common singing in cities: the serenade. Any such music could be very melodious.

Alexandre: This motion relies on a typical Brazilian singing improvisation by two alternating singers (repentistas).

The album is out there on all main streaming platforms.

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