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The Ovalle Project

by Andree-Ann Deschenes

The complete recording of Brazilian composer Jayme Ovalle's 24 opuses for piano.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Aboio, Op. 8
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2. Preludio, Op. 12
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3. Romança, Op. 29
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4. Nininha, Op. 15
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5. Devaneio, Op. 24
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6. Lamuria, Op. 26
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7. I. Legenda, Op. 19
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8. Dois Retratos, Op. 14: I. Manuel Bandeira
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9. Dois Retratos, Op. 14: II. Maria do Carmo
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10. Op. 9: I. Estudo
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11. Op. 9: II. Scherzo
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12. Improviso I, Op. 27
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13. Improviso II, Op. 30
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14. II. Legenda, Op. 22
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15. Ninanatatana, Op. 18
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16. Op. 6: I. Martello
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17. Op. 6: II. Desafio
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18. Op. 6: III. Xangô
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19. Noturno, Op. 25
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20. Lembranças de São Leopoldo, Op. 11: I. Curiatã de Coqueiro
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21. Lembranças de São Leopoldo, Op. 11: II. Paquetá
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22. Cantos Romeiros, Op. 13
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23. Valsa, Op. 32
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24. Dois Tangos, Op. 20: I. Tango I
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25. Dois Tangos, Op. 20: II. Tango II
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26. Habanera, Op. 28
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27. Album de Isolda, Op. 27: I. Allegretto
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28. Album de Isolda, Op. 27: II. Allegretto
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29. Album de Isolda, Op. 27: III. Allegretto
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30. Album de Isolda, Op. 27: IV. Andante cantabile
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31. Album de Isolda, Op. 27: V. Moderato
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32. Album de Isolda, Op. 27: VI. Moderato
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33. Cantilena, Op. 7
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34. Madrigal, Op. 31
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35. III. Legenda, Op. 23
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Ovalle Project aims to revive composer Jayme Ovalle's compositional output for the piano – a collection of 24 opuses ranging from short and melancholic (Dois Retratos, Preludio, Lamuria, etc.) to lengthy show pieces (Legendas).

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Jayme Ovalle
(1894 – 1955)

Born in Belem (Brazil), Jayme Ovalle was an enigmatic artistic figure of the first half of the 20th century. A self-taught composer, he is mostly remembered today for his song Azulão, co-written with poet Manuel Bandeira. In addition to songs and a few miscellaneous instrumental works, Ovalle composed 24 opuses for piano.

Described by Vicente Salles as an “excellent improviser, a spontaneous creator of melodies”, Jayme Ovalle’s small musical output was mostly composed during the second half of the 1920s, but did not get written down and published until the mid-1930s.

Manuel Antonio Braune, a young pianist living in London, helped Ovalle translate his ideas to the piano for publication. In a 1934 London recital, Braune performed Ovalle’s third Legenda, Op. 23. A local critic wrote that it was deserving to figure alongside some of the best-known modern compositions.

I was mesmerized with this music from the moment I started plunking out some of those notes on the piano. Ovalle’s harmonies are rich, dense, and incredibly evocative. The chromaticism that permeates much of his music creates an uneasy motion often resolving on the very last chord with much satisfaction. The emotionally charged, yet delicate melodies, offer the perfect complement to the often muddy lower parts.

I think of Ovalle’s music as a perfect representation of the time he lived in, but also of his incredibly rich spiritual and artistic life.

- Andree-Ann Deschenes

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Kathy Parsons

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"The Ovalle Project" is a two-disc collection of the complete solo piano works of Brazilian composer Jayme Ovalle (1894-1955) performed by Andree-Ann Deschenes. The first disc contains fourteen pieces that range in duration from 42 seconds to more than 13 minutes. Disc 2 contains twenty-one pieces that range from 31 seconds to just under 12 minutes. Deschenes refers to the shorter works as “character pieces” and the three “Legendas” as Ovalle’s bigger, showier compositions. In all, Ovalle composed 24 opuses for piano plus songs and a few miscellaneous instrumental works. Most of his music was composed during the second half of the 1920’s, but it was not written down or published until the mid-1930’s. I really like Deschenes’ vivid description of Ovalle’s music: “Ovalle’s harmonies are rich, dense, and incredibly evocative. The chromaticism that permeates much of his music creates an uneasy motion often resolving on the very last chord with much satisfaction. The emotionally charged, yet delicate melodies, offer the perfect complement to the often muddy lower parts.” A self-taught composer, Ovalle was also a poet. His best-known piece is “Azulao” (“Bluebird”), a vocal work with lyrics by Manuel Bandeira.


With 35 tracks, there are far too many to review individually. The variety in the moods, intensity and tonal colors is vast, and Ms Deschenes has taken the time and attention as well as research to get inside the of music in order to gain a thorough understanding of the intentions of the composer and to absorb and apply them to her interpretations. Even with her very impressive virtuosity, Deschenes calls the longer pieces “difficult and virtuosic” with many octave runs, unusual harmonies and unpredictable chord changes. With this release, Andree-Ann Deschenes has become a very effective means to revive this fascinating composer’s work. As she mentioned above, much of Ovalle’s music is very dense and often discordant - not new age or easy-listening for sure - but if you are looking for some 20th century classical music to really sink your musical teeth into, "The Ovalle Project" is an excellent choice.

Andree-Ann Deschenes is a French-Canadian pianist who currently resides in Southern California. She specializes in traditionally-influenced classical music from Latin America and has released four full-length albums and one EP to date. She earned a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin music from California State University Los Angeles and is currently working on her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Claremont Graduate University. She performs and lectures regularly in the Los Angeles area.

Brava, Andree-Ann Deschenes!
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