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Villa-lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No 7-9 / Minczuk, Et Al


Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1400   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony OrchestraSao Paulo State Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new installment of what looks to be the complete orchestral Bachianas Brasileiras is as fine as the previous one. Lest this be taken for granted, bear in mind that the worst complete set of the "BB" came from Brazil. The music needs more than just a feel for the idiom: it needs to be splendidly played and recorded, which fortunately is the case here. Both Nos. 7 and 8 take a four-movement form best summed up as "prelude, aria/dance, toccata, and fugue". Under Robert Minczuk, the orchestra plays with real panache in the toccatas, but also with powerful lyrical impetus in No. 7's opening movement, which rises to a climax of positively Tchaikovskian emotion. BIS also offers a special bonus in letting us hear both versions of BB No. 9, for Read more wordless chorus and for string orchestra. The former is all but unknown, and if the choral singing is sometimes a bit rough and ready (the parts are atrociously difficult), just having the vocal version readily available at last represents a unique treat. The engineering is typically excellent. For fans of the composer, this is self-recommending.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Bachianas brasileiras no 7 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Brazil 
2.
Bachianas brasileiras no 9 for String Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Brazil 
3.
Bachianas brasileiras no 9 for Chorus by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Brazil 
4.
Bachianas brasileiras no 8 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Brazil 

Sound Samples

Bachianas brasileiras No. 7: I. Preludio: Ponteio
Bachianas brasileiras No. 7: II. Giga: Quadrilha Caipira (Country Quadrille)
Bachianas brasileiras No. 7: III. Toccata: Desafio (Joust)
Bachianas brasileiras No. 7: IV. Fuga: Conversa (Conversation)
Bachianas brasileiras No. 9: I. Prelude: Vagaroso e mistico
Bachianas brasileiras No. 9: II. Fugue: Poco apressado
Bachianas brasileiras No. 9 (version for chorus): I. Prelude: Vagaroso e mistico
Bachianas brasileiras No. 9 (version for chorus): II. Fugue: Poco apressado
Bachianas brasileiras No. 8: I. Preludio
Bachianas brasileiras No. 8: II. Aria: Modinha
Bachianas brasileiras No. 8: III. Toccata: Catira batida
Bachianas brasileiras No. 8: IV. Fuga

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