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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67163
Recording details: July 1999
Grande Auditório, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
Release date: October 2000
Total duration: 9 minutes 18 seconds

'A marvellously recorded programme … a joy to listen to' (Gramophone)

'To hear Pizarro is always a pleasure … lyrical phrasing wrapped in one of the most entrancing and expressive pianissimos of any pianist' (International Record Review)

'Pizarro gives the music exactly the full-bodied treatment [the piece] requires. A fine, satisfying disc, well worth exploring' (Fanfare, USA)

'Pizarro performs prodigies in getting around these unfamiliar scores with hair-raising aplomb and the utmost conviction' (International Piano)

'Goza, además, de una toma sonora espléndida' (Scherzo, Spain)

Ballada, Op 16

Ballada Op 16  [9'18]

Vianna da Motta's Ballada Op 16—composed in 1905 and based on two popular Portuguese songs, ‘Tricana da Aldeia’ and an ‘Ave Maria’—is undoubtedly his most mature piano work. The first song is treated in variation form and the second serves as a peaceful coda to a dramatic and virtuosic work. This work is similar in form to Grieg’s Ballade in G minor, and it is interesting to note that in his book Meister des Klaviers Walter Niemann referred to Vianna da Motta as ‘the Portuguese Grieg’.

from notes by Artur Pizarro © 2000

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