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Sao Paulo Samba - New Year's Concert From Brazil

Ginastera / Piazzolla / Neschling / Mantiquera
Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2057348  
Composer:  Alberto GinasteraAstor PiazzollaHeitor Villa-LobosVarious
Performer:  Claudio CruzMonica Salmaso
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony OrchestraSao Paulo State Symphony ChorusBanda Mantiqueira
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SÃO PAULO SAMBA John Neschling, cond; Monica Salmaso (voc); 1 Cláudio Cruz (vn); 2 Banda Mantiqueira; São Paulo St Ch; 3 São Paulo SO MEDICI ARTS 2057348 (DVD: 112:00) Live: São Paulo 12/31/2008

GINASTERA Estancia Suite: Malambo. Read more class="COMPOSER12">PIAZZOLLA Las estaciones porteñas: Invierno porteño. 2 VILLA-LOBOS Choros No. 10, “Rasga o Coração.” 3 GORDURINHA/CASTILHO Chiclete com banana. 1 GUARNIERI Encantamento. MIGNONE Maracatu de chico rei: Excerpts. FERNÂNDEZ Reisado do pastoreio: Batuque. GUERRA-PEIXE Mourão

This DVD records the 2008 New Year’s concert from the São Paulo Orchestra under their then chief conductor and artistic director, John Neschling. A month later, Neschling’s contract (which had a further 12 months to run) was abruptly terminated by the orchestra’s governing board. Neschling has since been replaced by Yan Pascal Tortelier on a three-year contract. Whether the cracks were showing on this gala night is a matter of conjecture. In any case, the orchestra plays with the same tightness of ensemble and drive that distinguishes their CD recordings of Villa-Lobos, Guarnieri, and Mignone on the BIS label. (Indeed, their recording of the complete Villa-Lobos Choros made my 2009 Want List.)

Their “Malambo” is fun, but, as always, comparisons are odious. The Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela under Dudamel easily trumps them for excitement in this piece (see my review in Fanfare 32:4). The Venezuelans even execute a “Mexican Wave” at the close, and smile more readily than the São Paulo musicians do. (The Venezuelans were about to lose their conductor as well, to Los Angeles.)

The São Paulo program is a mixture of short orchestral works and songs in popular Latin styles. Of the latter, the quirkiest is “Chiclete com banana,” a satire on the Latin influence in American popular music, referencing West Side Story , Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade and so on. The quotations are heavy handed at times, but it’s cute nevertheless, and well sung by Monica Salmaso. The most substantial piece is the Choros No. 10 for choir and orchestra, and this also gets the most dynamic performance.

Filming is detailed, with rather too much extreme close-up work on individual musicians in the orchestra. (At least they zoom in on the person who is actually playing the important line: not always the case with this technique.) Sound is clear and present, although I would have liked Salmaso’s voice more forward in the mix. The audience has a great time, clapping and whistling their approval of the Piazzolla, for example. The DVD contains a bonus interview with the conductor.

An unusual program makes this more than just your average New Year’s concert souvenir.

FANFARE: Phillip Scott


Mônica Salmaso, vocals
Cláudio Cruz, violin
Banda Mantiqueira
São Paulo Symphony Chorus
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
John Neschling, conductor

Recorded live at the Sala São Paulo, 31 December 2008

- Interview with John Neschling

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 112 mins (concert) + 13 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)

Programme includes:

Ginastera: Malambo
Piazzolla: Invierno Porteño
Villa-Lobos: Choros no 10 “Rasga o Coração”
Gordurinha / Castilho: Chiclete com Banana
Rosa / Vadico: Conversa de Botequim
Guarnieri: Encantamento
Bosco / Blanc: Linha de Passe
Guinga / Blanc: Baião de Lacan
Mignone: Maracatu de Chico Rei (excerpts)
Fernândez: Batuque
Guerra-Peixe: Mourão
Barroso: Aquarela do Brasil
Zé / Perna: Menina, amanhã de manhã
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Works on This Recording

Malambo, Op. 7 by Alberto Ginastera
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Argentina 
Las estaciones porteñas (4): Invierno porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Argentina 
Chôros no 10 for Chorus and Orchestra "Rasga o coracao" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra,  Sao Paulo State Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Paris, France 
Work(s) by Various
Performer:  Claudio Cruz (Violin), Monica Salmaso (Voice)
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra,  Sao Paulo State Symphony Chorus,  Banda Mantiqueira

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