Brazil - Full Moon 51 - 12/11/00
Maria do Céu
Choros do Ceará
Until now, the work of Francisco Soares de Souza (1905-1986) had been more admired
outside of Brazil, particularly in Europe, where an album with some of his choros,
waltzes and preludes was released in 1996. Thanks to his nephew's efforts and a Brazilian
virtuoso guitarist, Souza's music is beginning to receive well-deserved attention in
Francisco Soares de Souza was born in the Brazilian northeastern state of Ceará. An
excellent self-taught guitarist and composer, Soares music follows the outstanding guitar
tradition in Brazilian music. With almost fifty compositions written especially for
acoustic guitar, Soares choros are particularly enchanting. These masterpieces have been
hidden for too long. Now, thanks to Maria do Céu's brand new album, Choros do
Ceará, we can experience the magic of Soares music.
Maria do Céu worked with Brazilian renowned guitarist Turíbio Santos in Rio de
Janeiro. Since beginning her professional career in 1984, she has played with a variety of
groups, including the Orchestra of Acoustic Guitars of Rio de Janeiro and the Quinteto
Clássico. She has performed throughout Brazil as well as abroad. Together with Rodrigo
Sebastian (bass) and Di Lutgardes (percussion), she dedicated this entire album to the
choros of Francisco Soares de Souza.
The simplicity and musical richness of these twelve pieces are alluring from beginning
to end. Maria do Céu's artistry enhances the quality of this music with unequaled
sensitivity. These choros are a perfect hybrid of classic and folkloric styles in Maria do
Céu's expert performance. Sometimes playful, sometimes contemplative, Choros do
Ceará evokes a world of emotions. Some pieces performed here can be thought of
as different movements of a larger classical work, such as Caboré 1 and
Caboré 2 and Clipe 1 and Clipe 2. They are not just mere
variations on a similar theme, though. They show just how expressive and intriguing the
musical world of Soares was. Although most pieces display the vivacity so typical in choros,
in the slow pieces you will also find that mesmerizing element of Soares compositions. The
frolicsome tone of Samburá, for example, is masterfully contrasted with the
meditative mood of Jane, one of the album's waltzes.
What makes this album so captivating is not only the entrancing quality of Francisco
Soares de Souza's music. An artist of the caliber of Maria do Céu transforms these
choros into timeless masterpieces. Her ease, expertise and skills shine brightly.
For more information on how to purchase this album, you can contact Maria do Céu
directly via e-mail.
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