A rare example of excellent erudite music that made it to the records in Brazil, Trilhas (nominated twice for the Prêmio Sharp 1994) has four different groups: Oficina de Cordas, Trem de Corda, Trio Bem Temperado, and Anima. The Oficina de Cordas, a 20-piece string section with a clavichord, interprets Ernâni Aguiar, Leopoldo Miguez, Tom Jobim, and Chico Buarque. Trem de Corda is a curious formation of violin, Brazilian ten-string caipira (redneck) viola, and violoncello. They play Caetano Veloso, the trio's originals, and Villa-Lobos. The Trio Bem Temperado is violin/fiddle, voice, and clavichord, and interprets Caetano Veloso and José Eduardo Gramani (who plays in all groups). Anima is viola caipira, fiddle, recorder, clavichord, percussion, and voice, and they interpret Brazilian folklore, Tom Jobim, and Gramani. All the music is straightforward, quickly understandable, and communicative; even if not simplistic or compromising, they don't have the impenetrable hermeticism of regular erudite releases. Wonderful album for Brazilian music lovers.
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