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Villa-lobos: Piano Music Vol 5 / Sonia Rubinsky


Release Date: 06/20/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570008   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Villa-Lobos compiled 137 traditional Brazilian songs into an anthology entitled Guia Prático that later served as the basis for 11 short volumes of piano miniatures under the same title. A pedagogic agenda governs these piano pieces, but not to the rigorous, progressive specifications of, say, Bartók's Mikrokosmos. In fact, the churning rhythms and chordal complexities of Villa-Lobos' piano textures are anything but child's play; yet no matter how sophisticated the pianism, the infectious spirit of the original tunes always remains fresh and vibrant.


Almost every one of the 48 selections included here (books Ten and Eleven are slated for a future release) is a
Read more delightful, unpretentious bauble. Sample Espanha, the third piece from Book Two, and you'll get generous helpings of upbeat white-key Petrouchka harmonies, while Book Three No. 5 (Oh, Whirligig!) is pure South American Schumann. Book Five No. 4 (The Stick or Cat Miaow) makes its succinct, lyrical point with simple chromatic chords that remind me of Duke Ellington's intimate keyboard noodling. Either listen in order, or give your random play function a workout, and you'll marvel at Villa-Lobos' unflagging invention from one number to another. It helps, of course, that Sonia Rubinsky's colorful and technically shipshape interpretations are as lovingly nuanced and thoroughly idiomatic as we can desire, and they're beautifully recorded as well. In sum, this valuable addition to the Villa-Lobos discography deserves no less than the highest rating and warmest recommendation. [8/7/2006]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Guia prático, Album 1, W 277 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1949; Brazil 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (01/02/2006 - 01/05/2006) 
2.
Guia prático, Album 2, W 278 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1949; Brazil 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (01/02/2006 - 01/05/2006) 
3.
Guia prático, Album 3, W 279 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1949; Brazil 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (01/02/2006 - 01/05/2006) 
4.
Guia prático, Album 4, W 280 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1949; Brazil 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (01/02/2006 - 01/05/2006) 
5.
Guia prático, Album 5, W 281 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1949; Brazil 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (01/02/2006 - 01/05/2006) 
6.
Guia prático, Album 6, W 282 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1949; Brazil 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (01/02/2006 - 01/05/2006) 
7.
Guia prático, Album 7, W 283 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Brazil 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (01/02/2006 - 01/05/2006) 
8.
Guia prático, Album 8, W 358 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Brazil 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (01/02/2006 - 01/05/2006) 
9.
Guia prático, Album 9, W 359 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (01/02/2006 - 01/05/2006)
Composition written: Brazil (1932 - 1949). 

Sound Samples

Guia pratico, Book 1: No. 1. Acordei de madrugada (I Woke up Very Early)
Guia pratico, Book 1: No. 2. A mare encheu (The Tide Flowed)
Guia pratico, Book 1: No. 3. A roseira (The Rosebush)
Guia pratico, Book 1: No. 4. Manquinha (The Little Limping Girl)
Guia pratico, Book 1: No. 5. Na corda da viola (On the String of the Guitar)
Guia pratico, Book 2: No. 1. Brinquedo (Play)
Guia pratico, Book 2: No. 2. Machadinha (Little Axe)
Guia pratico, Book 2: No. 3. Espanha (Spain)
Guia pratico, Book 2: No. 4. Samba-Lele
Guia pratico, Book 2: No. 5. Senhora Dona Viuva (Mrs. Widow)
Guia pratico, Book 3: No. 1. O pastorzinho (The Little Shepherd)
Guia pratico, Book 3: No. 2. Joao Cambuete
Guia pratico, Book 3: No. 3. A freira (The Nun)
Guia pratico, Book 3: No. 4. Garibaldi foi a Missa (Garibaldi went to Mass)
Guia pratico, Book 3: No. 5. O piao (Oh Whirligig)
Guia pratico, Book 4: No. 1. O pobre e o rico (The Pauper and the Rich)
Guia pratico, Book 4: No. 2. Rosa amarela (Yellow Rose)
Guia pratico, Book 4: No. 3. Olha o passarinho, domine! (Look at the Little Bird, Domine!)
Guia pratico, Book 4: No. 4. O gato (The Cat)
Guia pratico, Book 4: No. 5. O sim! (Oh Yes!)
Guia pratico, Book 5: No. 1. Os pombinhos (The Little Doves)
Guia pratico, Book 5: No. 2. Voce diz que sabe tudo (You Say You Know Everything)
Guia pratico, Book 5: No. 3. Co, Co, Co!
Guia pratico, Book 5: No. 4. O bastao ou mia gato (The Stick or Cat Miaow)
Guia pratico, Book 5: No. 5. A condessa (The Countess)
Guia pratico, Book 6: No. 1. Sonho de uma creanca (A Child's Dream)
Guia pratico, Book 6: No. 2. O corcunda (The Hunchback)
Guia pratico, Book 6: No. 3. Caranguejo (Crab)
Guia pratico, Book 6: No. 4. A pombinha voou (The Little Dove Flew Away)
Guia pratico, Book 6: No. 5. Vamos atraz da serra, oh! Calunga! (Let's Go Behind the Mountain, Oh! Calunga!)
Guia pratico, Book 7: No. 1. No fundo do meu quintal (In My Backyard)
Guia pratico, Book 7: No. 2. Vai abobora! (Some Pumpkin!)
Guia pratico, Book 7: No. 3. Vamos, Maruca (Let's Go, Maruca)
Guia pratico, Book 7: No. 4. Os pombinhos (The Little Doves)
Guia pratico, Book 7: No. 5. Anda a roda (Round the Circle)
Guia pratico, Book 8: No. 1. O limao (Oh Lemon)
Guia pratico, Book 8: No. 2. Carambola
Guia pratico, Book 8: No. 3. Pobre cega (Poor Blind One)
Guia pratico, Book 8: No. 4. Pai Francisco (Father Francisco)
Guia pratico, Book 8: No. 5. Xo! passarinho (Shoo! Little Bird)
Guia pratico, Book 8: No. 6. Sinh'Aninha (Miss Aninha)
Guia pratico, Book 8: No. 7. Vestidinho branco (Little White Dress)
Guia pratico, Book 9: No. 1. Laranjeira pequenina (Small Orange Tree)
Guia pratico, Book 9: No. 2. Pombinha, rolinha – brinquedo de roda (Little Dove, Little Pigeon – round song)
Guia pratico, Book 9: No. 3. O ciranda, o cirandinha – round song
Guia pratico, Book 9: No. 4. A velha que tinha nove filhas (The Old Woman Who Had Nine Daughters)
Guia pratico, Book 9: No. 5. Constante (Faithful)
Guia pratico, Book 9: No. 6. O castelo (The Castle)

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