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João Carlos Martins

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A kid prodigy, Brazilian pianist João Carlos Martins began monitoring the piano with José Kliass at age eight. The next year, he received a competition sponsored from the Bach Culture of Brazil. Quickly thereafter, the famous Alfred Cortot proclaimed: “With this sort of tone, with the power of his fingertips, he could become essential for the annals of piano playing.” At age 18, he was one of the primary Latin Americans to become invited to take part in the exclusive Casals Music Event in Puerto Rico. International interest grew in 1961 when, at 20, he offered a performance from the 48 Preludes and Fugues from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (a function that later on became one of is own specialties) in his debut concert in Washington, D.C., Through the 1960s, he performed like a soloist with main orchestras through the entire USA and Europe. Following a soccer damage in 1969, Martins quit the piano for quite some time. Throughout that period, he attempted a great many other professions, including banking, controlling prizefighters, and building. He eventually came back towards the piano, however, not towards the exclusion of alternative activities. In 1981, he was called Brazil’s secretary of tradition. Between 1979 and 1998, he dedicated himself to documenting Bach’s complete functions for keyboard in the Concord Concerto and Labor Information labels. For the time being, while going to Bulgaria, Martins was the victim of a bad random strike by thugs, getting accidents to his skull and human brain, causing the lack of usage of his best arm. Therapy within the next couple of years brought back very much movement, but a surgical procedure in early 2000 rendered his hands essentially useless. Rather than retiring completely in the piano, Martin considered recording the entire repertoire for the still left hands. The series started with a disk of Ravel’s concerto, Saint-Saëns’ Etudes, and Brahms’ transcription from the Bach Chaconne in June 2001.

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Full Name João Carlos Martins
Profession Conductor, Film Score Composer
Nationality Brazilian
Parents Alay Gandra Martins, José da Silva Martins
Siblings Ives Gandra Martins, José Eduardo Martins, José Paulo Martins
Music Songs Céu de Santo Amaro, Trio in G Minor, BWV 929, Organ Prelude in G Minor, Jesus Alegria dos Homens - BWV 147, Organ Prelude in E Minor, Hino Nascional Brasileiro, Vinte Peças do Livro de Anna Magdalena Bach, Brandenburg Concerto # 3 In G Major - Allegro, I Call on Thee, Lord, Awake, the Voice Commands, Brandenburg Concerto # 4 In G Major - Allegro, Fugue In C Major, BWV 952, Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Fantasia In C Minor, BWV 919, Quinta Variação, Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535: Prelude, Prelude No. 8 in F sharp minor, Op. 28, No. 8 - Prelude No. 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 859, Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4 - Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855, Prelude No. 9 in E major, BWV 854 - Prelude No. 9 in E major, Op. 28, No. 9, Prelude No. 19 in A major, BWV 864 - Prelude No. 7 in A major, Op. 28, No. 7, Concerto in the Italian Style in F major, BWV 971, "Italian Concerto": I. Allegro animato, Keyboard Concerto in E major, BWV 1053: II. Siciliano, English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807: I. Prelude - II. Allemande - III. Courante - IV. Sarabande, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 870, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846, Toccata In F Minor, BWV 910, Fugue in C minor, BWV 961, 6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645, Prelude And Fugue No.2 In C Minor, Clavier-Büchlein vor W.F. Bach: Prelude in F Major, BWV 927, 5 Little Preludes: Prelude No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 940, Clavier-Büchlein vor W.F. Bach: Prelude in F Major, BWV 928
Albums BACH, J.S.: Preludes / Chopin, F.: Preludes, Op. 28, Suítes Inglesas 4-5 (Toccata Em Dó Menor / Fantasia Em Dó Menor), Bach: The 6 Partitas - BWV 825-830, Bach, J.S.: Goldberg Variations, Concertos for Piano and Orchestra (6 & 7), Concertos for Two Pianos and Orchestra (C major & C minor), The French Suites; Overture in the French Style, The English Suites (4 & 5), Toccata In C Minor, Fantasia In C Minor, Variações Goldberg, Toccata In F Minor, Toccata In D Major, Ouverture In F Major, Aria Variata In A Minor, Adagio In G Major, 4 Duetti / Capriccio, Bach, J.S.: Toccatas / Overture, BWV 820 / Aria variata, BWV 989 / 4 Duets / Capriccio, Concertos For Piano And Orchestra (1,5,3), Brandenburg Concertos, Bach, J.S.: English Suites Nos. 4 and 5 / Toccata, BWV 911 / Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 906, Paixões, Joao Carlos Martins for the left hand, The Four Seasons (The Transcription For Two Pianos By Almeida Prado), Bach, J.S.: Toccatas, BWV 913-916 / English Suite No. 6, Bach, J.S.: 2-3 Part Inventions, Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons (arr. A. Prado for 2 pianos), Interprete Haydn E Mozart, Bach, J.S.: Fantasias / Preludes / Fugues / Fughettas, Concertos em Ré Menor, J.S. Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Bach, J.S.: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, The Complete Keyboard Works of J. S. Bach on Labor Records: The Two and Three Part Inventions, Bach, J.S.: English Suites Nos. 1-3 / Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903, Quatro Toccatas - BWV 913-916 (Suíte Inglesa 6), Bach, J.S.: Anna Magdalena Notebook / Little Preludes / Italian Concerto, Essential Bach, Orchestral Suites 1 - 4, Bach For Christmas (Joao Carlos Martins), Vinte Peças Do Livro De Anna Magdalena Bach, The Complete Keyboard Works Of J.S. Bach On Concord Concerto, Volume 4: The Goldberg Variations (Joao Carlos Martins), Ouverture Em Estilo Francês, Vol. 2 (Suítes Francesas), The Complete Keyboard Works Of J.S. Bach On Concord Concerto, Volume 14 (Joao Carlos Martins), The Complete Keyboard Works Of J.S. Bach On Concord Concerto, Volume 15: Fantasias, Preludes, Fugues and Fughettas (Joao Carlos Martins), The Complete Keyboard Works Of J.S. Bach On Concord Concerto: The Essential Bach, Selections From The Complete Edition Volumes 1-15 (Joao Carlos Martins), The Complete Keyboard Works Of J.S. Bach On Concord Concerto, 4 Toccatas BWV 913-916; English Suite No.6 (Joao Carlos Martins), Concerto Para Mão Esquerda, Concertos Em Re Menor, Martins, Joao Carlos: The Complete Bach Collection, Bach, J.S.: Keyboard Concertos - BWV 1053, 1055 / Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Bach, J.S.: French Suites Nos. 1-6 / Overture (Partita) in the French Style
Movies A Grande Vitória


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