Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence

Treasures from the New World, Volume Three


Catalogue No: SOMMCD 0669
Release Date: 2023-06-16
Number of Discs: 1
EAN/UPC: 748871066922
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Liner Notes

SOMM RECORDINGS announces the eagerly anticipated Volume 3 of Treasures from the New World throwing revealing new light on music from the Americas.

Pianist Clélia Iruzun returns, accompanied by feted guitarist and Royal Academy of Music Professor Fabio Zanon (who provides informative booklet notes) and celebrated flautist Marcelo Barboza, both making their label debuts.

Works by six Brazilian composers for permutations of guitar, flute and piano are featured, three of which – by Marlos Nobre, Ronaldo Miranda and João Luiz – are First Recordings. Also included is American composer Jennifer Higdon, whose questing flute and piano duet, Legacy, is a rhetorical meditation on suffering and loss.

Composed for Iruzun in 2011, Nobre’s Desafio No.37 pits guitar and piano against each other echoing Brazil’s jousting troubadour tradition; Miranda’s single-movement Alumbramentos for flute and piano fuses the traditional and the new; Luiz’s Três na Pipa an animated depiction of three duelling kites; Paulo Porto Alegre’s Choro Suite for guitar and flute blending dance forms with improvisatory-like brilliance.

Radamés Gnattali’s Sonatina No.2 is a charming guitar and piano dialogue, Roberto Sierra’s Crónicas del Descubrimiento (Chronicles of Discovery) a major addition to the flute and guitar repertoire.

Volume 1 of Treasures from the New World (SOMMCD 0609), saw International Piano praise Iruzun as “a sterling advocate with impeccable phrasing, tone and timing”, Fanfare hailing it “a first-class release”. BBC Music Magazine lauded Volume 2 (SOMMCD 0632) “a delightful programme… every bit as vibrant as the previous volume”.

Clélia Iruzun’s SOMM recordings include two volumes of music by Federico Mompou (SOMMCD 0121, 0155). Her recording of Piano Concertos by Albeniz & Mignone (SOMMCD 265) was nominated for an International Classical Music Award in 2019. International Piano said: “Clélia comes into her vivid own, playing with a superb mastery and empathy; it is difficult to imagine… greater skill and affection”.

On This Recording

    Radamés Gnattali: Sonatina No.2

  1. I. Allegro moderato
  2. II. Saudoso (Longing)
  3. III. Ritmado (Rhythmic)
  4. Roberto Sierra: 3 Crónicas del Descubrimiento (Chronicles of Discovery)

    Primera Crónica del Descubrimiento (First Chronicle)

  5. Leyenda Taína (Taíno Indian Legend)
  6. Danza (Dance)
  7. Segunda Crónica del Descubrimiento (Second Chronicle)

  8. Noche (Night)
  9. En busca del oro (In search of gold)
  10. Tercera Crónica (Third Chronicle)

  11. Canción (Song)
  12. Batalla (Battle)
  13. Jennifer Higdon

  14. Legacy
  15. Marlos Nobre

  16. Desafio No. 37 (Challenge)*
  17. Paulo Porto Alegre: Choro Suite

  18. I. Introdução (Introduction)
  19. II. Xaxado-Choro (Brazilian Folkdance)
  20. III. Valsa-Choro (Waltz)
  21. IV. Tocata-Choro (Toccata)
  22. Ronaldo Miranda

  23. Alumbramentos (Echantments)*
  24. João Luiz

  25. Três na Pipa (Three flying a Kite)*

* First Recordings