Plinio Fernandes – Bacheando (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:13 minutes | 743 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca Records US
Guitarist from São Paulo, born 29 years ago in the city of itanhaém (SP) and living in London for almost a decade, Plínio Fernandes is already recognized in the world of classical music as a Brazilian virtuoso of the classical guitar.
It is with such status and prestige that, ten years after being selected in 2013 to enter the Royal Academy of Music, a prestigious institution in the capital of England, Fernandes announces the second album, Bacheando. The successor to the album Saudade (2022) is scheduled for release on September 22 on the Decca Gold Label.
As the title Bacheando already signals, the guitarist travels in the album through the universe of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750). But, in Bacheando, Fernandes harmonizes works by the German genius with themes by Brazilian composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 – 1959), Mário Albanese (whose guitarist plays Jequi-Bach), Paulinho Nogueira (1927 – 2003) and Sérgio Assad.
Guitarist of Duo Assad, Sérgio has presented in bacheando original work composed in three movements, Prelude, Fugue and Vivace, Brazilian response of paulista Assad to the theme Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in e-flat major, BWV 998, Bach.
The influence of Bach in Brazilian music may have begun with the Bachianas Brasileiras of Heitor Villa-Lobos, but they were not the end of the story. The art of the great guitarist Sergio Assad (and his brother Odair) was deeply rooted in Bachian counterpoint, and now, another generation carries the tradition forward. Sergio Assad is a major influence here, fully credited by guitarist Plínio Fernandes; he is present as an arranger of much of the music and as the composer of a full-of-surprises Preludio, Fuga, e Vivace that hits all the Baroque notes but keeps turning harmonic corners as it proceeds. Yet the young Fernandes, here on his sophomore release, is not a knock-off of Assad; a player of undeniable charisma, he has a livelier, lighter style, and he plays some newer pieces in Assad arrangements by Paulinho Nogueira and Mario Albanese. No recording location is given in the rather sparse booklet, but the work of producer Jonathan Allen is exemplary; he puts the listener up close to Fernandes’ nimble fingers without drowning that listener in extraneous noise. In all, this is a hugely enjoyable album that helps build Fernandes as an emerging star of his instrument. – James Manheim
1-1. Plinio Fernandes – P. Nogueira: Bachianinha No. 1 (Arr. for Guitar by Sérgio Assad) (03:20)
1-2. Plinio Fernandes – P. Nogueira: Bachianinha No. 2 / Araponga (Arr. for Guitar by Sérgio Assad) (02:36)
1-3. Plinio Fernandes – I. Prelude (03:14)
1-4. Plinio Fernandes – II. Fugue (06:54)
1-5. Plinio Fernandes – III. Allegro (03:37)
1-6. Plinio Fernandes – I. Preludio (02:30)
1-7. Plinio Fernandes – II. Fuga (01:32)
1-8. Plinio Fernandes – III. Vivace (02:56)
1-9. Plinio Fernandes – M. Albanese: Jequibach (Arr. for Guitar by Sérgio Assad) (02:38)
1-10. Plinio Fernandes – J.S. Bach: Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974: II. Adagio (Transc. for Guitar by Sérgio Assad) (04:26)
1-11. Plinio Fernandes – Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: I. Prelúdio (Introdução) (Arr. for Guitar by Sérgio Assad) (03:23)