The composer at the piano or by conducting: here are some musical performances by Flo Menezes, which can reveal some interest. These are not accomplished recordings (sometimes Flo Menezes is just "reading" a masterpiece at his piano), but rather musical attestations of the aesthetical approaches of Flo Menezes when affronting some of his favorites.
First performance of Flo Menezes as a conductor, conducting the pre-première of his youth piece Batagela Expressiva on 24 June 1982 at the Music Departament of the University of São Paulo (USP), with Marcelo Império Grillo (flute), Newton Carneiro (viola), Robert de Oliveira (percussion) and Hermes Jacchieri (piano) (8,4 MB)
A historical document: the first Brazilian performance of the Konzert Op 24 by Anton Webern conducted by Flo Menezes at the age of 21, on April 13, 1984, during the "II Semana da Composição" at the Anfiteatro da USP, University of São Paulo. The concert was broadcasted by the Rádio Cultura FM of São Paulo on May 31, 1984.
All the musicians were students at that time:
Piano: Paulo Álvares;
Flute: Mikhail Malt;
Oboe: Daniel Leicand;
Clarinet: Luiz Raele;
Trumpet: Luiz Macedo;
Trombone: Donizetti Fonseca;
French horn: Michael Alpert;
Violin: Mayra de Oliveira;
Viola: João Maurício Galindo;
Conductor: Flo Menezes.
Listen to this performance (30.8 MB)
(and also to the public analysis of Flo Menezes of this piece under >lectures & (audio-)documents)
Flo Menezes conducting live (after more than 25 years without conducting) his work Contesture IV – Monteverdi altrimenti on 5 September 2012 at the SESC Vila Nova, São Paulo, during the IX Bimesp 2012: see on > works > Contesture IV – Monteverdi altrimenti.
Flo Menezes interpreting his piano transcription of the Renaissance masterpiece Mille regretz of Josquin Desprez at his piano at home in April 2013, based on which he wrote in the same year his piece Contrafacta for brass quintet and electronics
Flo Menezes reading at his piano in April 2013 two of his most beloved Sonata movements by Beethoven: Op 101, n. 1 and Op 110, n. 1; he played the first one at the age of 17 at his admission examination for the Composition Course at the University of São Paulo (USP) at the end of 1979:
Flo Menezes interpreting three of his Brahms favorites in July 2013:
Flo Menezes interpreting his piano transcription, made on February 27, 2014, of Brahms' Lied Wohl schön bewandt, from Liebeslieder Walzer Op 52, n. 7, in October 2014 (see the manuscript under >works>transcriptions):
Flo Menezes interpreting on July 21, 2017, his piano transcription, made in 2004, of the Adagietto of the Fifth Symphony by Gustav Mahler (see the score under >works>transcriptions):