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ALMEIDA PRADO, José Antônio Resende de 1943 - 2010


  • Aleyson Scopel, piano

José Antônio Rezende de Almeida Prado referred to his vast set of 18 Cartas Celestes as an “incredible journey”, and the final three were completed just months before his death. Following the luminous Brazilian night skies of No. 13, the poetic references of the final trilogy refer to constellations named after animals, Grecian and Egyptian mythology, and one last homage to a pivotal figure in Brazilian literature. The is the final volume of Aleyson Scopel’s world première recording of the 15 Cartas Celestes for solo piano.


Cartas Celestes No. 13 (2001) * (00:22:09)
Cartas Celestes No. 16, "Magical Animals" (2010) * (00:14:47)
Cartas Celestes No. 17, "Celestial Egypt and Greece" (2010) * (00:11:14)
Cartas Celestes No. 18, "The Sky of Macunaíma" (2010) * (00:13:43)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:01:53

The Artist

Brazilian pianist Aleyson Scopel is a recipient of the Nelson Freire and Magda Tagliaferro awards, and has also won numerous prizes in international competitions such as the William Kapell, Villa-Lobos, Corpus Christi, Kingsville and Southern Highland International Piano Competitions. Aleyson Scopel graduated with distinction in performance and academic honours from the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston. During his years at the conservatory he studied with Patricia Zander and was also awarded the Blüthner prize. He then furthered his studies in Brazil with Celia Ottoni and Myrian Dauelsberg.



“Pianist Scopel understands this very well, and indeed it takes a performer of imagination to play this music with convincing authority.” – The Art Music Lounge