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NEW RELEASE – NUM 1200 Chopin | 19 Waltzes

NUM 1200
CHOPIN – 19 WALTZES
António Victorino D’Almeida – piano

This present record, with the integral 19 Chopin Waltzes is, with no doubt, a great surprise and the pianist Hans Graf – Professor at the Superior Music School of Vienna – considered “unbelievable” the way Victorino D’Almeida got the time to combine his other multiple activities (…“in which the originality of his literary works are comparable to the phantasy of his movies and his compositions, which show his extraordinary personality”) with such a big pianistic work, remarkable for the “perfect grasp” of the instrument and the stilistic knowledge, both of the author (Chopin) and of each piece, always marked by the energy and the joy of life of this exceptional artist”.
A similar remark was made by the famous pianist Alfred Brendel in a letter written to Victorino D’Almeida.
Victorino D’Almeida gives us his own “reasons” for the issue of this record:
In the first place I wanted to homage my Portuguese piano Professor, Campos Coelho, whose teachings are always present and never forgoten, even during the years I’ve paused my pianist career. In the second place, I intended to give a response to the old fascination that I had for the “prodigious” world of the Chopin Waltzes, so often misunderstood.
As a matter of fact, I consider Chopin as a half-polish and half-french composer, but I think that the waltzes reveal much more his French heritage, and when I viewed “The Ball”, this remarkable picture by Ettore Scola, I decided to go to the “studio” to revive it in a certain way, through the interpretation of the 19 waltzes (which
I dedicated to Ettore Scola, “a certain Paris story…”).
In the third place, thanks to the great sound technician – José Manuel Fortes – who with his deep cultural skill and conscience produced this wonderfull work, that may never have existed otherwise.
Finally, I also dedicate this work to the Austrian Firm E.T.E., this to remember that due to the incentive of Erika Pluhar and the “Trio”, with herself and Peter Marinoff, I have returned to the piano concerts, though with a very different style of the repertory.

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Best Classical Music CD 2009

SPA AUTHORS AWARD

All Nominees Published By Numérica!!!

WINNER Portuguese Music For a Quartet – NUM 1182

NOMINEE Missa Grande – NUM 1189

NOMINEE contemporary portuguese music for piano – NUM 1181

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NUM 1104

Title: Estudos e Tocatas

Artist: Sofia Lourenço

Composers: Domingos Bontempo, Carlos Seixas

Sofia Lourenço
Born in Porto, belongs to the new Portuguese Pianist generation. She links her intense performance activity, as soloist and chamber music musician to the pedagogy of piano at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo / Instituto Politécnico do Porto. This vivid experience has given her determination concerning  the art of piano performance  and  research of tradition and  innovation in piano playing.
She oftens performs recitals, in artistic projects, as soloist  or in a partnership, in the domain of Literature, such as in the short film Eça de Queiroz: Reality and Fiction (Ed. Instituto Camões, 2000) where she recorded the sound tracking (C. Seixas, J. S. Bach, F, Chopin, F. Schubert); she collaborated with the writers Mário Cláudio, 30 years of Literary Work, Letras em Trânsito –  Porto 2001 European Capital of Culture – Vasco Graça Moura, 35 years of Literary Work and with  the actor António Durães The piano in the poetry of Jorge de Sena, in several Portuguese concert halls, like Gulbenkian Museum, Europarque, Teatro Rivoli, Eng. António de Almeida Foundation, Salão Árabe do Palácio da Bolsa e no Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, in Paris. She was recently soloist with Orquestra Nacional do Porto, under the direction of José Luís Rodilla, and with Orquestra do Norte, under the direction of Ferreira Lobo.
She obtained the highest Degree of Porto’s Music Conservatory, and has equally a Master Degree in German and English Literature by the University of Porto. She also got at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, the Superior Artistic Diploma of Piano Soloist (Künstlerische Abschluprüfung Klavier), and during 4 years at this academy, she has been rewarded with a scholarship by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation(1987-1991).
In Portugal during 10 years she was a pupil of the great Portuguese Pianist Helena Costa and in Germany of the  pianists Georg Sava e Laszlo Simon.
Besides several prizes, recordings for Portuguese Television and Radio, she studied further under very important masters, in different countries of Europe like Sequeira Costa, Carlos Cebro, Alicia de Larrocha, Gyorgy Sebok and also Vitaly Margulis, whose pedagogy influenced her a lot and with whom she mantains frequent contacts.
She recorded in 1999  the  CD “CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE COMPOSERS- piano solo” (Label Numérica), with works by Vianna da Motta, Luiz Costa, Berta Alves de Souza, Maria Teresa Macedo, F. Lopes-Graça, Filipe Pires, Álvaro Salazar e Carlos Azevedo.
She actually attends PhD studies at the University of Évora under Professor Rui Vieira Nery and Professor Ulrich Mahlert (Universität der Künste Berlin).

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