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Villa-lobos: Chamber Music / Mobius


Release Date: 08/15/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557765   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Lorna McGheeMichael StirlingPhilippe HonoréAlison Nicholls,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobius
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Running from the 1917 Song of the Black Swan to the Quintette, written two years before his death, this is an engaging selection of Villa-Lobos’s chamber music. It’s selected with care and ensures there is plenty of variety. And it’s played – no less – with understanding of the idiom.

The Jet Whistle is cast for flute and cello and makes for a mellifluous and delightful entrée. With its baroque-evoking patterns and with the flute pirouetting over the cello line, this is a life-enhancing piece. The warm lyricism of the central movement is decidedly Francophile and the finale an exciting terpsichorean one, tinged with jazz. The Quintette instrumental was one of his very last completed works; you’d never know. The
Read more harmonies are deft and the whiff of Paris is never far away. As a composition it’s full of generous ardour – nothing is solemn or unnecessarily reticent. There’s a Nocturne complete with birdcalls and a ruminative “Cello and the Nightingales” aura – the beautiful harp patterns presage the chiming of the clock. The finale even indulges some Middle Eastern moments – terrifically verdant and fulsome writing and nothing is overstated or unwelcome.

The 1946 Duo for violin and viola is a work that has remained rather too well hidden. That’s a real shame as it has plenty to offer the inquisitive player – it would do excellently in a quartet evening for example where a little imaginative programming could yield great rewards. Counterpoint is the obvious feature but so too a real and yearning lyricism – reminiscent of Vaughan Williams in modal mood. The interweaving of lines is accomplished with the utmost skill and balance and this performance is thoroughly successful in exploring its lyric heartland.

The songs are heard in the arrangements by two members of Mobius, flautist Lorna McGhee and harpist Alison Nicholls. They range from melancholy to sultry to warm and lulling - and back to the delights of tristesse. Naturally they’re played by their arrangers with artful sensitivity. Song of the Black Swan is an early work and tenderly lyric, though played here with too intense a vibrato.

Recording and programming values are high here – a splendid recital of some hard-to-resist Villa-Lobos.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Assobio a Jato, W 493 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Lorna McGhee (Flute), Michael Stirling (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Brazil 
Venue:  Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (05/31/2003 - 06/01/2003) 
2. O canto do cisne negro, W 123 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Philippe Honoré (Violin), Alison Nicholls (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (05/31/2003 - 06/01/2003) 
3. Duo for Violin and Cello by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Ashan Pillai (Viola), Philippe Honoré (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Brazil 
Venue:  Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (05/31/2003 - 06/01/2003) 
4. Modinhas e cançoes, Album 2, W 441: no 2, Vida formosa by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Alison Nicholls (Harp), Lorna McGhee (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Brazil 
Venue:  Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Lorna McGhee; Alison Nicholls.
Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (05/31/2003 - 06/01/2003) 
5. Modinhas e cançoes, Album 2, W 441: no 3, Nésta rua by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Lorna McGhee (Flute), Alison Nicholls (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Brazil 
Venue:  Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Lorna McGhee; Alison Nicholls.
Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (05/31/2003 - 06/01/2003) 
6. Modinha, W 534 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Lorna McGhee (Flute), Alison Nicholls (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Brazil 
Venue:  Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Lorna McGhee; Alison Nicholls.
Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (05/31/2003 - 06/01/2003) 
7. Cançao de cristal, W 494 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Lorna McGhee (Flute), Alison Nicholls (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Brazil 
Venue:  Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Lorna McGhee; Alison Nicholls.
Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (05/31/2003 - 06/01/2003) 
8. Modinhas e cançoes, Album 1, W 365: no 1, Cançao do marinheiro by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Alison Nicholls (Harp), Lorna McGhee (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Brazil 
Venue:  Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Lorna McGhee; Alison Nicholls.
Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (05/31/2003 - 06/01/2003) 
9. Quintet for Harp, Strings Trio and Flute, W 538 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Lorna McGhee (Flute), Philippe Honoré (Violin), Alison Nicholls (Harp),
Ashan Pillai (Viola), Michael Stirling (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Brazil 
Venue:  Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (05/31/2003 - 06/01/2003) 

Sound Samples

Assobio a Jato: I. Allegro non troppo
Assobio a Jato: II. Adagio
Assobio a Jato: III. Vivo
Quintet: I. Allegro non troppo
Quintet: II. Lento
Quintet: III. Allegro poco moderato
O Canto do Cisne Negro: O canto do cysne negro (Song of the Black Swan)
Duo (arr. for violin and viola): I. Allegro
Duo (arr. for violin and viola): II. Adagio
Duo (arr. for violin and viola): III. Allegro agitato
Modinhas e cancoes, series 1: No. 2. Vida formosa (Beautiful Life)
Modinhas e cancoes, series 1: No. 3. Nesta rua (On this Street)
Cancoes tipicas brasileiras (arr. flute and harp): 13 Cancoes tipicas brasileiras: No. 12. Modinha (Modinha) (arr. flute and harp)
Chanson de cristal (arr. flute and harp): Chanson de cristal (Song of Crystal) (arr. flute and harp)
Modinhas e cancoes, series 1: Modinhas e cancoes, series I: No. 1. Cancao do Marinheiro (arr. flute and harp)

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