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Wolf’s Head engraved on glass by Helen Millard (b?)
Photography by Simon Bruntnell
Track(s) taken from CDA67176
Recording details: October 1999
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 2000
Total duration: 3 minutes 16 seconds

'Marc-André Hamelin’s transcendental sheen and facility bless everything he plays. He makes As três Marias wink and scintillate with an inimitable verve … leaves all others standing' (Gramophone)

'An impressive disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Magnificent. Easily the most sophisticated Villa-Lobos piano disc currently in the catalogue' (International Record Review)

'Hamelin presents another hour of hair-raising (not to say spine-tingling) music in performances few could match … awesome' (Classic CD)

‘Enough technical dazzle to satisfy even the most virtuoso-hungry listeners … revelatory. In short, this is a must-buy release. It’s thrillingly exciting. Recommended with all possible enthusiasm' (Fanfare, USA)

'Hamelin grasps [the music’s] sprawl clearly and delivers it with unrivalled perfection of pianistic mechanism. He relishes the delights of the lighter pieces with equal virtuosity' (The Irish Times)

‘Marvellously iridescent in these magnificent interpretations … a fantastically varied succession of miniatures that will hardly fail to please’ (The Magic Flute, USA)

As três Marias
composer
1939

Alnitah  [0'53]
Alnilam  [1'29]
Mintika  [0'54]

Other recordings available for download
Guiomar Novaes (piano)   November 2014 Release
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The little suite As Três Marias was composed at the suggestion of Edgar Varèse, whom Villa-Lobos had met in New York in 1939. At the time, Villa-Lobos had composed New York Skyline for orchestra, which arose from a suggestion from a journalist that Villa-Lobos project a photograph onto manuscript paper and use the outline of the image as a melodic line, which he then harmonised and later orchestrated. The resultant score fascinated Varèse, who asked for a similar experiment with regard to the night sky. ‘The Three Marys’ (Três Marias) is the name sometimes given to the three Belt stars (Alnilam, Alnitak and Mintaka—though the spellings vary) in the constellation Orion. In terms of texture and tessitura, the Três Marias are heard at their best when played consecutively, and when their additional pulse connections can be better appreciated. It should come as no surprise to learn that this little suite soon became one of the most frequently played solo piano works of this composer.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2000


Other albums featuring this work
'Guiomar Novaes – The complete published 78-rpm recordings' (APR6015)
Guiomar Novaes – The complete published 78-rpm recordings
APR6015  for the price of 1 — Download only 3 November 2014 Release  

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