Various – Mec ’70 – Musica do Brasil

Various - Mec '70 - Musica do Brasil LP front cover
Various - Mec '70 - Musica do Brasil LP back cover
Various - Mec '70 - Musica do Brasil LP side A

Composers Marlos Nobre and Almeida Prado were instrumental in the development of contemporary music in Brazil during the 1960s. The former only is featured on this LP, released in 1970 by national program Radio MEC and founded by Ministério da Educação e Cultura. It was obviously meant to increase the visibility of Brazilian contemporary composers outside the country, thanks to liner notes translation in various languages and to contemporary music on a par with European standard of the time. Conductor and composer Rinaldo Rossi conducted the most important Brazilian contemporary pieces of the 1960s and ’70s. Here, particularly in Nobre’s Mosaico, Rossi raises extraordinary sounds from the Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional do S.R.E.’s horn and percussion sections.

01 Marlos Nobre – Mosaico (14:12)
02 Rinaldo Rossi – Requiem Para O Velho Mundo (10:08)
03 Nicolau Kokron – Maré Em Estrutura De Contôrnos (11:46)

Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional do S.R.E.
Rinaldo Rossi, conductor

Total time 36:06
LP released by Ministério da Educação e Cultura, Brazil, [1970?]


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Below, stalwarts of the Brazilian avantgarde (source)

The Brazilian avantgarde
Above, from l. to r.: Nikolau Kokron, Rinaldo Rossi, Marlos Nobre,
Edino Krieger, Jacequay Lins & Ernst Widmer

The Brazilian avantgarde
Above, from l. to r.: Ernst Widmer, Lindembergue Cardoso,
Rufo Herrera, Milton Gomes, Jamary Oliveira & Walter Smetak

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01 Mosaico

10 Responses to “Various – Mec ’70 – Musica do Brasil”

  1. 1 s. borges April 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Man, this is REALLY under the radar!!! An early Radio MEC LP, with all these guys together! If you don’t mind me asking Continuo, where did you unbury this? I’m seriously thinking of going to France just to purchase rare Brazilian avant garde stuff – maybe, if I have a great deal of luck, I may find this hidden away in a corner of some dark, forboding store in the City of São Paulo and it will cost me a small fortune – but, aside from that, I have no idea where to get this. I’m stunned! My humble compliments to your vast expertise on the subject. Great photos! Impressive release!

  2. 2 continuo April 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Hi, Sergio. As it were, this specific LP was an eBay find. As much as I love record stores, I can’t rely on them alone to source unusual discs. While quite vinyl-friendly, Paris can’t be expected to be an abundance of weird, experimental music. Besides, it takes years to befriend a vinyl dealer who will put records aside for you and handle them to you at your next visit, because he knows your tastes and considers you as a loyal customer. Not that I’d want to detract you from a trip to Paris, especially in Spring, which shall be a wonderful experience in itself. Drop me a line whenever you eventually visit France, I’d like to meet you. Thanks for your comment, once again, Sergio.
    PS: tomorrow is Record Store Day and, guess what? I guess I’ll buy some records.

  3. 3 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián April 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Love the cover!…downloading…the next week i’ll be free from I will listen in depth to the last three records you’ve posted.

    Merci beaucoup


  4. 4 continuo April 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hope you’ll find some time for next week’s posts as well.
    Felices fiestas, Joaquín.

  5. 5 s. borges April 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Unfortunately, here, in Rio, a very provincial backwater, I have no such luck. In some poverty-stricken places in the suburbs, you may still find a few record stores, but they are hard to get to and located in areas of considerable risk (you most likely have heard of the now-legendary urban violence that has taken over Rio, so its not advisable to stray too much from your path here). Near to where I work, in Downtown Rio, there is only one record store which sells quality vinyl, where you may find something of interest – but that’s about it. As said, São Paulo and, to an extent, Curitiba (capital of the State of Paraná) and Porto Alegre (capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul) you are way more in luck. I normally travel to the South somewhat and know São Paulo quite well – there are still some very good vinyl stores, where you can find some very rare avant garde stuff – though the price is quite steep. Of course, none of these city, even by far, are compared to Paris, the cultural epicenter of the planet, rivaling NYC, San Francisco, Berlin & London, and beating all of them. Its another ball game, another dimension.

    Thanks for the kind invitation! Lived in France and the UK when I was a kid – I have a deep passion for Europe and hope to hop on a plane one of these days and spend sometime on the other side of the Atlantic. Hopefully, one fine day….

    cheers, s.

  6. 6 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián April 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

    =) Gracias! I’ll be waiting for the posts!

    Great photos indeed..the second one reminds me of pictures of Italy’s Nuova Consonanza….those times were amazing…

  7. 7 Mäster Oecanthus April 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    This one looks great Continuo! I can not resist!
    Thank you for telling me again and again that there are so many things I know squeek nothing about!

    Have to hear this one! It looks wonderful!

  8. 8 continuo April 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    It might be this blog’s motto: good music can come from any direction. Thanks for your comment.

  9. 9 Riccardo July 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Hello, It’s possible a re-up please?
    Thank you Riccardo

  10. 10 continuo July 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    See the 2012 Re-ups page.

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