I can tell it's summertime there!
And you're using a tablet for your music! Wow!! I'm seeing more and more of that lately. Was it hard to get used to?
Well, the score is somewhat smaller in the tablet than on a printed page. It was the first piece that I could study entirely through the tablet. Hopefully Nazareth's manuscript (it seems to be a manuscript score) is very clear.
Anyway, I don't know what the tempo marking is on this piece, but the opening seems a little slow to me; also when it repeats near the end. But then the middle parts sound okay. Maybe there are different tempo markings on the sections?
I'm glad you pointed that.
There's no tempo indication. It's only written "gingando". The tempo fluctuation among those sections are very subtle in my opinion. The greater difference is in character.
But yes, it's supposed to be played slowly, according to historical information.
In the video below, the great composer Francisco Mignone tells about Nazareth's style of playing, when he met him personally.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cwwzKHfOC0
Mignone says Nazareth played everything slowly, with a very precise rhythm and a cantabile voicing.
When he met Nazareth, he told Nazareth he plays some pieces of him. Then he started playing Brejeiro very enthusiastically, very fast.
Nazareth said: "Oh, no, this piece is not mine. Mine is much slower."
Then Nazareth played how it was supposed to be. And he said that most people play his music extremely fast. He says "Apanhei-te cavaquinho is a disaster! It must be played slowly, so that the arpeggios are clear, and the piano really sounds as a cavaco."
It's interesting, because I always thought that "Apanhei-te cavaquinho" is one of the few Nazareth pieces that should be played fast (!).
In this other video, one of the guitar players says Nazareth wanted his music to be listened to, not to be danced. They start playing this same choro, Odeon, in the tempo Nazareth used to play on piano, but immediately afterwards they rush and play like it's commonly played. The tempo they play in the beginning is very similar to the tempo I chose.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVqfN92CShs
You know, we are classical pianists, and we learn to play as faithful to the composer's intentions as possible, so I get really upset when an uninformed practice becomes the standard (like in Bach, for example
). Since Nazareth music was not designed to sound fast, I find no reason to play like that. It's more important to play "gingando".
One thing though - your tags are fine, but your kbps is not. We need under 220 kbps.
Sorry, I just uploaded a version in 192 kbps.