Diana Botelho Vieira piano
“Imaginary Folklore” is an expression midway between musicological rigor and poetic freedom. It names the creation of original music, but so imbued with popular spirit that it seems to come directly from anonymous rural or urban sources. In this field, it is Fernando Lopes-Graça who dominates the entire Portuguese 20th century, having collected thousands of melodies and used many of them – or his spirit – in countless works. Sérgio Azevedo received from this great master an interest in traditional music and its potential as a basis for some of his concert pieces. It is this imaginary folklore, also present in the work of Czech Janáček, that unites the works of this recital.