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Villa-lobos: Bachiana Brasilieras No 1, 4, 5 & 6 / Brown, Minczuk

Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1410   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Donna BrownJean Louis SteuermanSato MoughalianAlexandre Silvério,   ... 
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The primary novelty here is the piano-solo original version of Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, an interesting alternative to the more familiar setting for orchestra. There seems little question that the latter is preferable on purely coloristic grounds, particularly in the second-movement chorale and the dance-finale. Jean-Louis Steuerman plays very well, however, and it's only in that energetic last movement that he sometimes gives too much emphasis to the left-hand accompaniment (at a tempo perhaps a touch too frantic). But then if you have the orchestral version in your ears, as I do, your expectations in terms of textural balance naturally will be different from what can be achieved on solo keyboard. It's a fine performance.
Read more /> Both wind players sound terrific in the brief and quirky Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6, and soprano Donna Brown sings (and hums) really beautifully in the popular No. 5. I was particularly taken with her clarity of diction and accuracy of intonation in the rapid-fire second movement. Here, and in Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, the cello section of the São Paulo Symphony plays magnificently, with incisive rhythms (check out the first movement of No. 1) and a big, rich tone. As usual, BIS's engineering is excellent. I look forward to the conclusion of this first rate series. It looks to be the Bachianas Brasileiras cycle of choice, assuming standards remain this high.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Donna Brown (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
Bachianas brasileiras no 4 for Piano by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1936; Brazil 
Bachianas brasileiras no 6 for Flute and Bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sato Moughalian (Flute), Alexandre Silvério (Bassoon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Brazil 
Bachianas brasileiras no 1 for 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Donna Brown (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 

Sound Samples

Bachianas brasileiras No. 5: I. Aria (Cantilena): Adagio
Bachianas brasileiras No. 5: II. Dance (Martelo): Allegretto
Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 (version for piano): I. Prelude (Introduction): Lento
Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 (version for piano): II. Chorale (Canto do Sertao): Largo)
Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 (version for piano): III. Aria (Cantiga): Moderato
Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 (version for piano): IV. Dance (Miudinho): Miuto ritmado e animado
Bachianas brasileiras No. 6: I. Aria (Choro): Largo
Bachianas brasileiras No. 6: II. Fantasia: Allegro
Bachianas brasileiras No. 1: I. Introduction (Embolada): Animato
Bachianas brasileiras No. 1: II. Prelude (Modinha): Andante
Bachianas brasileiras No. 1: III. Fugue (Conversa): Un poco animato

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