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Villa-lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras, Guitar Concerto, Etc


Release Date: 10/02/2007 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 843   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Angel RomeroCristina OrtizBarbara Hendricks
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-CobosVladimir AshkenazyEnrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraNew Philharmonia OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


For decades this was the prime recommendation for the complete Bachianas brasilieras, the composer’s own set being in mono, and nothing else remotely competitive coming along. Since then, we have had a superb set on BIS and a very good one on Naxos, the BIS now becoming the reference recording. Rehearing this effort, however, has been instructive, because the performances are really very good, and very well recorded. In the popular No. 5, Barbara Hendricks is pretty tough to beat, her sexy, kittenish timbre just right for the music.


The big orchestral works, Nos. 2, 3, 4, 7, and 8, for all their local color and immediate appeal, are not all that easy to play. Trust me, I’ve done some of this music with
Read more Villa-Lobos expert Alfred Heller conducting, and it can be tricky. Batiz makes a very good impression—consider, for example, his vivacious attack on the finale of No. 4 (sound clip), one of the most beautiful and neglected works in the set. A little bit of scruffiness here and there just doesn’t matter.


Having Christina Ortiz in Mômoprecóce (with Ashkenazy and the New Philharmonia), as well as the Guitar Concerto with Angel Romero (Lopéz-Coboz and the London Philharmonic), rounds out the collection in high style. It’s good to have this still very competitive set back.
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Guitar, W 501 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Angel Romero (Guitar)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Brazil 
2.
Momoprecoce, W 240 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Brazil 
3.
Bachianas brasileiras no 1 for 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 
4.
Bachianas brasileiras no 2 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 
5.
Bachianas brasileiras no 3 for Piano and Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Brazil 
6.
Bachianas brasileiras no 4 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1936; Brazil 
7.
Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
8.
Bachianas brasileiras no 6 for Flute and Bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Brazil 
9.
Bachianas brasileiras no 7 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Brazil 
10.
Bachianas brasileiras no 8 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Brazil 

Sound Samples

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1: I. Introdução (Embolada): Animato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1: I. Introdução (Embolada): Animato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1: II. Prelúdio (Midinha): Andante
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1: II. Prelúdio (Midinha): Andante
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1: III. Fuge (Conversa): Un poco animato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1: III. Fuge (Conversa): Un poco animato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2: I. Prelúdio ( Canto do Capadocio): Adagio - Andantino mosso
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2: I. Prelúdio ( Canto do Capadocio): Adagio - Andantino mosso
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2: II. Ária (Canto da Nossa Terra): Largo
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2: II. Ária (Canto da Nossa Terra): Largo
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2: III. Dança (Lembrança do Sertão): Andantino moderato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2: III. Dança (Lembrança do Sertão): Andantino moderato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2: IV. Tocata (O Trezinho do Caipira): Un poco moderato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2: IV. Tocata (O Trezinho do Caipira): Un poco moderato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3: I. Prelúdio (Ponteio): Adagio
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3: I. Prelúdio (Ponteio): Adagio
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3: II. Fantasia (Devaneio): Allegro moderato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3: II. Fantasia (Devaneio): Allegro moderato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3: III. Ária (Modinha): Largo - Grandioso - Quasi allegro - Largo
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3: III. Ária (Modinha): Largo - Grandioso - Quasi allegro - Largo
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3: IV. Tocata (Picapau): Allegro
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3: IV. Tocata (Picapau): Allegro
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: I. Prelúdio (Introdução): Lento
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: I. Prelúdio (Introdução): Lento
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: II. Coral (Canto de Sertão): Largo
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: II. Coral (Canto de Sertão): Largo
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: III. Ária (Cantiga): Moderato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: III. Ária (Cantiga): Moderato
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: IV. Dança (Miudinho): Muito animado
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: IV. Dança (Miudinho): Muito animado
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (for soprano and 8 cellos): I. Aria (Cantilena): Adagio
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (for soprano and 8 cellos): I. Aria (Cantilena): Adagio
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (for soprano and 8 cellos): II. Dança (Martelo): Allegretto
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (for soprano and 8 cellos): II. Dança (Martelo): Allegretto
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6: I. Ária (Chóro): Largo
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6: I. Ária (Chóro): Largo
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6: II. Fantasia: Allegro
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6: II. Fantasia: Allegro
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: I. Prelúdio (Ponteio): Adagio
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: I. Prelúdio (Ponteio): Adagio
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: II. Giga (Quadrilha Caipira): Allegretto scherzando
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: II. Giga (Quadrilha Caipira): Allegretto scherzando
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: III. Tocata (Desafio): Andantino quasi allegretto
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: III. Tocata (Desafio): Andantino quasi allegretto
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: IV. Fuga (Conversa): Andante
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: IV. Fuga (Conversa): Andante

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