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Marcia Dipold (now a Swiss citizen) has made two solo recordings, both featuring the music of her native Brazil. The second was issued in 2008 by Gallo and the present disc is the first, recorded ten years earlier and now re-released by Doron.

The opening suite by Ronaldo Miranda (born 1948), published in 1979, is pithy and appealing, its four simple and folksy movements following a fast/not-so-fast/ slow/fast arc. Osvaldo Lacerda’s Brasileira No 9 (1984) is more variable, only really coming to life in the third (Bendito) of its four movements.

The musical quality leaps up in the central section of the disc with Mozart Camargo Guarnieri’s three dances, written independently between 1928 and 1946 but later orchestrated and usually played together. The high quality is sustained by a finely wrought rendition of ‘Alma Brasileira’, the fifth of Villa-Lobos’ Chôros (1926). Dipold’s account is middling in length, slower than many of the best-known interpretations but by no means the slowest (Nohema Fernandez on Centaur has that dubious honour). It is followed by a brilliant account of the first A Prole do Bebê Suite and a delightful group of miniatures by Ernesto Nazareth.

The recorded sound is a touch flat and two-dimensional, although clear enough to reveal the superb dexterity and expressiveness of Dipold’s playing. Her pleasure in these works is audible and communicates itself to the listener throughout.

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