5 Encores for Beethoven (2020)
The project 5 Encores for Beethoven was created to celebrate the composer's 250th birthday, establishing a bridge with our days and with music by Portuguese composers.
In 2020 and 2021, Marta Menezes performed the 5 Piano concertos by Beethoven and did the world premiere of 5 Encores (one for each concerto) commissioned to Nuno da Rocha, Tiago Cabrita, Luís Soldado, Gonçalo Gato, and Tiago Derriça, specifically for this celebration.
The concerts took place in Viana do Castelo, Lisboa, Torres Novas, Tomar, Coimbra, Caldas da Rainha, Arganil, Mealhada, Alcanena and Palmela.
The scores are available here.
(Endorsed by radio Antena 2. Funded by a crowdfunding campaign)
Tribute to Vianna da Motta (2018)
On the occasion of Vianna da Motta’s 150th birthday, Marta Menezes presents a recital as a tribute to one of the figures that most influenced pianism in Portugal. As one of Franz Liszt’s last pupils, Vianna da Motta had contact with the great artists of his time during the years he spent living in Germany. Throughout his life, he performed extensively around the world. Apart from being a great pianist, he was also a composer, a pedagogue, a music critic and the author of several articles about piano technique and musical interpretation.
On this recital, Marta Menezes will perform works by composers that frequently appeared on his recital programs and with which he was associated as being a great interpreter: Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. The program also includes 2 works by Vianna da Motta.
Das Terras d'Além-mar (english soon)
"A minha pátria é a língua portuguesa", escreve Fernando Pessoa. É esse o ponto de partida deste recital, que nos transporta numa viagem entre poetas e músicos de Portugal e do Brasil, de diferentes épocas, de diferentes cidades, de diferentes culturas, mas que partilham a riqueza que é a nossa língua.
O barítono brasileiro Bruno Sandes e a pianista portuguesa Marta Menezes, apresentam este projecto numa tournée em Portugal em 2017, partilhando a herança que lhes é comum, e levando além-mar a arte, a história e a tradição dos dois países irmãos.
O programa inclui obras de compositores Portugueses e Brasileiros, e um ciclo inédito do compositor português Tiago Derriça, encomendado pelo duo.
(Photo Jorge Carmona - Antena 2)
Duo Pianíssimo - Portuguese Music for
Two Pianos and Four-hands
This project was created by Inês Andrade and Marta Menezes to promote Portuguese chamber music written for this kind of ensemble.
Through a thorough and very productive research they discovered a huge quality and rich variety of material.
Duo Pianíssimo is innovative through its singularity. Its importance lies in the fact that it re-discovers works that were just played at their première and of which no records of performance exist. Others were just recently edited.
On the other hand, their duo has already captured the attention of some contemporary composers, that have dedicated works to Duo Pianíssimo: the Sonatina for two pianos, by Sérgio Azevedo, and Do outro lado do espelho by Tiago Cabrita.