The Piano Music
Although Mignone wrote a large number of pieces for piano solo, his preference had always been for the
orchestra, and for solo song. In his works for the piano the search for orchestral colour and texture is clearly
evident in his use of ornamentation, spaced chords and explorations at the extreme ends of the keyboard.
His works for piano solo fall into some natural groupings, the four sonatinas and four sonatas, more than thirty waltzes, and the nine Lendas sertanejas. Of the remaining pieces two-thirds are written in a predominantly 19th century European language, and the remainder reflect the influence of Brazilian folklore, in rhythm and form.
© Adrian Farmer
Martin Jones has been one of Britain’s most highly regarded solo pianists since first coming to international attention in 1968 when he received the Dame Myra Hess Award.
He has made over 90 recordings with Nimbus Records exploring music that is not often played including the complete works of 18 composers.
Martin Jones will continue his exploration of Brazilian Piano Music with future recordings planned featuring the works of Radamés Gnatali and Oscar Fernández