Rabello plays Pixinguinha

Ainda Me Recordo
composed by Pixinguinha (1897-1973)
performed by Raphael Rabello (1962-1995)

While this is not a classical guitar recording per se, it is truly a remarkable one nonetheless. Considering the vast influence of Brazilian music on our repertoire (remember that guy named Villa-Lobos?), a classical guitarist can surely take away much from this recording. The artistry of Rabello (Wikipedia), the fallen genius of the seven string Brazilian guitar, is epitomized in this opening track from his posthumously released album Cry, My Guitar (Amazon and GSP). As a classical guitarist, the raw intensity of his tone combined with the unrelenting sense of groove he projects is admirable.

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7 Comments on “Rabello plays Pixinguinha”

  1. Edo says:


    The classical guitar is very popular in Brazil, particularly for the very interesting musical styles that Brazilian’s play.

    A very good resource about the Guitar in Brazil is Fabio Zanon’s website:

    There are also fantastic historical recordings of legendary Brazilian guitarists:

    * “Anibal Augusto Sardinha – Historical Guitar Recordings – Garoto” on the Chanterelle label.
    * Canhoto Américo Jacomino – Violão Imortal on the “Revivendo Musicas” label.

    Unfortunately there is a tendency for some North-American, European and Asian guitarists who like the sound of listening to Latin-American music, to play this music; even though they have no idea how to interpret it and don’t FEEL it themselves.

    As a result a lot of this repertoire is being effectively commercialised into conservatory-sounding playing.
    Truly disappointing.

    • Great! Thanks for those links! I do agree with your comment, but at the same time, I feel like the issue of ‘authenticity’ (in any musical genre that is!) is something that can’t be trivialized into a few sentences. On the brighter side of life at least those non-Latin Americans are trying to embrace and appreciate something that is not of their own culture. That is surely respectable and if their efforts are not too successful, it is merely an unfortunate byproduct of the process. Hopefully they don’t pitch their interpretations as being authentic as that would not be so respectable.

    • Gustavo says:

      I understand what Edo’s saying.

      The most controversial example is that of David Russell winning a Grammy for his recording of Latin American music (CD: Aire Latino)

      Now my issue is not actually with David Russell himself. He’s a good player and welcome to play Latinamerican music – even if I think that he’s not really a good interpreter of that repertoire. ( -> Look at his typical academic boring interpretation of Villa-Lobos’ Choros No. 1, and then compare it with Villa-Lobos own recording of the work on the SanCtuS Recordings label. Listen to Villa-Lobos here).

      My real issue is with the people of the Grammy selection who actually decided to give him this reward. In my eyes its hugely disrespectful of the large number of top Latinamerican guitarists.
      Instead of awarding any one of a number of worthy Latinamericans, the Grammy instead goes to… a Scotsman who lives in Spain, and who – in my opinion – is not even a good interpreter or “ambassador” of that repertoire.


      Don’t get me wrong, David Russell is a tremendous guitarist and a good allround guitar-“ambassador” and supports charities etc.! He’s guitar tone is second to none! I would not miss one of his concerts.

      So ultimately one needs to understand what the Grammy’s really are…
      Awards given by non-experts to well-known Western Artists WITH GOOD RECORD-CONTRACTS.

      • Gustavo says:

        While I think it’s great that David Russell’s talent and achievements get honoured, I can think of numerous of his other recordings (non Latinamerican repertoire) that would have been more “appropriate”…

        These are of course only my opinions.

      • Very good point indeed…

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