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Villa-Lobos: The Complete String Quartets / Cuarteto Latinoamericano


Release Date: 05/27/2016 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 90921   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Review of an edition previously available of this same release:


These fine performances constitute the only complete cycle currently available of the 17 string quartets that pepper Villa-Lobos' entire career. The suite-like, five-movement No. 1, with its adorable "like a jumping bean" finale, is deceptive. Most of these are resoundingly neo-classical works full of acerbic harmonies and typically busy counterpoint, with few overtly nationalistic elements. Of course they sound just like Villa-Lobos, who was himself something of a "nationalistic element" when you come right down to it. The series reaches its culmination in the large works composed around the time of
Read more the Second World War, Nos. 7-11, which really do constitute landmark 20th century contributions to the form on a par with those of Shostakovich and Bartók.

For the most part, this is tough and serious music, and it receives tough and serious performances from the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, whose rhythmic verve and slightly astringent timbre works beautifully in clarifying the dense thicket of the composer's effusive counterpoint. Occasionally the very intensity of both music and performance becomes a bit overbearing, but then no one is suggesting that you listen to 17 quartets in a row. Overall, both the works themselves and these performances remain astonishingly consistent in quality. Sonically you couldn't ask for better. At a bargain price, this is a very attractive proposition for anyone who fancies either the composer or chamber music in general.

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

1.
Quartet for Strings no 6, W 399 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Brazil 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 1, W 99 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Brazil 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 17, W 537 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Brazil 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 3, W 112 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Brazil 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 8, W 446 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Brazil 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 14, W 519 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Brazil 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 7, W 435 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Brazil 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 15, W 523 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Brazil 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 2, W 100 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Brazil 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 12, W 496 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Brazil 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 16, W 526 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Brazil 
12.
Quartet for Strings no 5, W 263 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Brazil 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 10, W 468 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Brazil 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 13, W 503 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Brazil 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 4, W 124 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Brazil 
16.
Quartet for Strings no 9, W 457 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Rio de Janeiro, Braz 
17.
Quartet for Strings no 11, W 481 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Brazil 

Customer Reviews

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 Accessible and Beautifully Recorded September 13, 2016 By W. Wilborn (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "I find this 6-CD album of the 17 string quartets of Villa-Lobos to be very satisfying: the compositions are accessible and beautifully recorded. Each CD contains string quartets of the composer's early, middle, and late composition periods, so that any CD you listen to is representative of Villa-Lobos' life's works of the genre. I was not familiar with these works, but have now listened to them many times with great pleasure. The booklet is informative. A great price for this collection. Recommended without reservations." Report Abuse
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