One of the most grown-up review sites around

54,514 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

Founder: Len Mullenger                                     Editor in Chief: John Quinn              

Some items
to consider


paid for


100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas

Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets

Deaconoff; Stockhausen

Live at the Clifton Festival

Choir at Clifton Cathedral


New Releases

Naxos Classical

Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


REVIEW Plain text for smartphones & printers

Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat



Recordings of the Month


Conner Riddle Songs

Rodzinski Sibelius

Of Innocence and Experience


Symphonies 1, 2, 3



Aho Symphony 5

Dowland - A Fancy


Rachmaninov_ Babayan


Support us financially by purchasing this from

Support us financially by purchasing this from
Leopoldo Américo MIGUÉZ (1850-1902)
Souvenirs, op.20 [14:11]
Scènes Intimes, op.24 (1894) [13:00]
Faceira (Valse-Impromptu), op.28 (?1897) [4:46]
Morceaux Lyriques, op.34 [15:07]
Nocturne, op.10 [4:55]
Allegro Appassionato, op.11 (1883) [5:47]
Braz Velloso (piano)
rec. Eglise Evangélique, Saint Marcel, Paris, 1-2 November 2011.
NAXOS 9.70199 Download [62:36] 

Henrique OSWALD (1852-1931)
Six Morceaux, op.4 (c.1887) [19:33]
Trois Romances, op.7 [9:27]
Il Neige (1902) [3:13]
Six Pièces, op.14 [21:09]
Feuilles d'Album, op.20 [8:03]
Braz Velloso (piano)
rec. Eglise Evangélique, Saint Marcel, Paris, 11-12 June 2012.
NAXOS 9.70200 Download [61:51] 

Naxos release such vast quantities of high-quality recordings that it is the easiest thing for relatively low-key CDs like this pair to come and go all but unnoticed, especially when, as here, they are issued purely as downloads or for streaming purposes. Even the work titles suggest a strong element of take-it-or-leave-it: who really needs more morceaux, feuilles or souvenirs?
What a pity, though, to miss these two albums of bewitching lyrical gems performed so ambrosially by Braz Velloso, a pianist whose very name suggests smooth satin textures.
Beside the fact that Oswald and Miguéz were almost exact contemporaries, there are other similarities that tie these two discs together into a kind of super-recital. Both composers originate from Rio de Janeiro, with either one parent or both a European immigrant. Both spent many years in Europe where they absorbed the musical influences that minimise the Brazilian colour in their piano works. Above all, both wrote music that can be placed in a cosmopolitan triangle whose corners are Schumann, Chopin and Saint-Saëns, with Miguéz more romantically, Oswald more impressionistically, inclined.
In other words, Oswald and Miguéz are likely to have wide appeal. Theirs are works of a highly melodic, generally mellow nature, short character pieces of varied mood and colour - humorous, nostalgic, bold, relaxed - threaded into longer suites to create satisfying wholes. In the sensitive hands of their compatriot Velloso they have a worthy champion - he is sunny, subtle and sympathetic.
Sound quality is the same for both discs, good, without being spectacular: a trifle close and not entirely without background noise. Velloso can sometimes be heard exhaling, sighing or fidgeting, chiefly at either end of a work, but also in quieter passages. Whether or not the producer noticed this, track-ends are sharply faded to digital silence in a hardly subtle way. However, these distractions are fairly minimal and unlikely to spoil anyone's enjoyment of the music. The booklet notes in both cases are by the evocatively named Sergio Bittencourt Sampaio, highly informative and well translated.
Contact at