Marlos Nobre´s piano concerto played in London

The critic Ray Picot wrote: ‘London welcomed Daniel Mazza to St. John´s Smith Square (a quiet oasis in the centre of London) to conduct a multi-facetted programme. The London Schubert Players have been garnering critical praise since their founding in 1989. Add the renowed pianist Alberto Portugheis, and you have the recipe for a fascinating and absorbing evening.
The first part of the program concluded with another great living composer, the Brazilian Marlos Nobre. Written in 1989 the Concertante do Imaginário for Piano & Orchestra contrasts quite sharply old and new styles in a testing work for pianist and orchestra. Alberto Portugheis responded to the drama and passion of the first movement with utter authority, partnered equally by Daniel Mazza who whipped up a breathtaking performance from the orchestra. The lyrical second movement was a joy, with the ghost Villa-Lobos flitting thought the assured writing. The virtuoso finale is of more modern character and once more soloist, conductor and ensemble responded as one. This was a barnstorming performance that really captured the audience´s imagination! (Ray Picot, London, November 2006).

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