Henrique Annes

Violão Pernambucano

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Violão Pernambucano is dedicated to Henrique Annes' interpretations of his own works. Since long a respected classical guitarist and choro player, Annes' harmonic/melodic conception is traditional, and his personal compositional take is the fusion of the vocabularies of the two idioms. Though no revolutionary originality should be looked for in this release, it certainly appeals to lovers of the choro genre, especially those who appreciate the distinctive accent contributed by the state of Pernambuco. Diverse influences permeate the compositions. "Caribeana No. 1" evokes the Southern border of Brazil with echoes of Argentinean milongas and chamamés; "Caribeana No. 2" brings in the reminiscent Renaissance lute, played in minor key. All of the four "Caribeanas" are decidedly marked by a fluent, evenly distributed stream of notes, while the vivid rhythm accompaniment pushes the movement forwards. "Choro Para Maurício Carrilho" has a different, pre-bossa nova character, with overtones that suggest Garoto's compositions and harmony. The three prelúdios (preludes), on the other hand, are infused with a melancholic, doleful feel. Annes is joined on some tracks by an impressive array of some of the best Brazilian choro musicians. "Angelical" is played solo by Joel do Nascimento, "Mesclado" by Altamiro Carrilho, and "Lembranças de Gravatá" by Paulo Sérgio Santos, while the regional choro accompanying group is provided by Maurício Carrilho (guitar), Luciana Rabelo (cavaquinho), and Jorginho do Pandeiro (pandeiro).

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