Not all the celebrated names in popular music can see their works withstanding unscathed upon their being adapted to erudite musical forms. Masters like Jobim, Pixinguinha, and Luis Gonzaga, for example, have had their compositions often performed under erudite forms due to their combining refined music with the easiness of dialoguing with several layers of population, something that that great concert music composers would never dream of. What can we say about Sivuca, born Severino Dias de Oliveira, in 1930, in Itabaiana, Paraíba State, whose work either as instrumentalist or as composer has helped to bring “nordestina ” music into the interior of concert rooms with the same spontaneity as it is taking root in the brush and in the “mangaio” fairs spread throughout the several regions of Brazil? The new album from this maestro, arranger and accordionist, “Sivuca Sinfônico”, (launched by Biscoito Fino), heading the Orquestra Sinfônica de Recife, under the conduction of maestro Osman Giuseppe Gioia, contains seven tracks which truly express that link. Starting with “Rapsódia Gonzaguiana”, and continuing exclusively with themes written by the “King of Baião” – “Juazeiro”, “Boiadeiro”, “Assum preto”, “A volta da Asa Branca” – until closing this album with “Concerto Sinfônico para Asa Branca”, Sivuca confirms his filial dedication to the work and influence of Luiz Gonzaga. This instrumentalist, defined by the writer Nelida Piñon as an ambiguous being, possessing multiple natures (realities), interprets Paganini's intricate “Moto Perpétuo”, with the same facility as he revisits a choro composed by the virtuoso mandolinist Luperce Miranda – “Quando me lembro” (When I remember) – as well as his own creations, such as the semi-erudite “Aquariana” or the very popular ones “João e Maria” (waltz written by him together with Chico Buarque), and “Feira de Mangaio ”, in partnership with Glorinha Gadelha. Founded in 1930, under the name of “Orquestra Sinfônica da Sociedade de Concertos Populares”, the “Orquestra Sinfônica de Recife” has become one of the Brazil’s most important ones during the last few decades. Conductor of the OSR since 2001, Osman Giuseppe Gioia has imparted an intense visibility to that orchestra, particularly through popular concerts, the number of which has been intensified since Gioia has been in charge of its artistic direction. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Gioia was director of Orquestra Sinfônica da Paraíba from 1996 until 2.000.