JOSÉ ANTÔNIO REZENDE DE ALMEIDA PRADO (1943-2010): Complete Cartas Celestes, Vol. 2 - Cartas Celestes Nos. 4, 5 and 6.
Catalogue Number: 02S082
Label: Grand Piano
Description: These 'Star Maps' began in 1974 as music for an exhibition at a São Paulo planetarium, and ended the year before the composer's death with the completion of the fifteenth. Each is a self-contained suite of multiple short sections depicting astronomical phenomena linked by their visibility in the night sky of the composer's native Brazil at certain times of year or by other associations. Prado studied with Messiaen, and the influence is not infrequently audible, not least in the composer's harmonic language in which tonal harmony is used in a coloristic, non-functional manner, and pianistic gestures, textures and rhythmic devices characteristic of the older composer. Aleyson Scopel (piano).