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Mignone - Maracatu de Chico Rei

Composer Francisco Mignone
Performer São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
John Neschling, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-1420 CD
EAN 7318590014202
Format CD
Release date Dec 2004
Total time 72'40

10/10 and Disc of the Month and
Choc du Mois Le Monde de la Musique Fono Forum April 2005
Stern des Monats
5 Stelle Musica Sept. 2005

The colourful and evocative works of Brazilian composer Francisco Mignone (1897-1986) provides many interesting insights into the cultural currents in Brazil during the 20th century. The son of Italian immigrants and raised in a musical environment dominated by Italian influences, Mignone also studied in Milan, and his first works were conducted by European ‘icons’ such as Respighi (a source of inspiration) and Richard Strauss. But the Italian traits in his early production was condemned by the author and important cultural theoretician Mario de Andrade, who convinced Mignone of the need for the arts to contribute to the building of a national identity – brasilidade. The composer, who had already shown an interest in the musical traditions of the former slaves in Brazil, thus began to write music in a ‘nationalistic’ vein. The ballet Maracatu de Chico Rei, written in 1933 in collaboration with Andrade, might be considered the first of these works. But soon Andrade was thinking that Mignone placed too much emphasis on the African heritage, and the composer again ‘repented’. Though 18 years apart, Festa das Igrejas (a suite of symphonic portraits of four Brazilian churches which some regard as Mignone’s finest work) and Sinfonia Tropical (imbued with the spirit of the north-east of Brazil and containing certain Amazonian sonorities) are both from a sort of ‘middle period’ in the composer’s development. In fact it was just a couple of years after the composition (in 1958) of the later piece, that Mignone began exploring new roads of atonality, polytonality and serialism, returning to his Brazilian roots in the 1970s. But to the composer himself, these various paths were all one, for as he himself said: ‘Everything can be realized in art, provided that the work brings a message of beauty and makes the listener wish to listen to the music many times.’ The present disc contains many such ‘messages of beauty’, and what’s more: the entertainment value is certainly high enough to merit repeated hearings!

Some press voices:
"You're going to love this fabulous new disc … offering the most vibrant, colorful, rhythmically vital and virtuosic performances imaginable … supported at every point by state-of-the-art engineering." Classics

“Un plaisir immense. Un très grand disque spectaculaire et exaltant, servi par des interprètes exemplaires.” Classics Today
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  Francisco Mignone
  Festa das Igrejas 24'29
01 I. Sao Francisco da Bahia 6'39
02 II. Rosario de Ouro Preto - Minas 5'15
03 III. O Outerinho da Gloria - Rio de Janeiro 7'51
04 IV. Nossa Senhora do Brasil - Aparecida 4'44
05 Sinfonia Tropical 19'22
  Francisco Mignone
  Maracatu de Chico Rei, ballet 27'53
06 I. Introduction 2'46
07 II. Arrival of the Maracatu 2'20
08 III. Dance of the Mucambas 2'48
09 IV. Dance of the Three Macatos 2'47
10 V. Dance of the King Chico and Queen N´Ginga 3'06
11 VI. Dance of Prince Samba-Eb 1'55
12 VII. Dance of the Six Slaves 5'43
13 VIII. Dance of the White Princes 2'56
14 IX. The Liberation of the Slaves - Final Dance 3'32
  Album total 72'40
ComposerMignone, Francisco
ConductorNeschling, John
OrchestraSão Paulo Symphony Orchestra

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