Here's an easy call: these are the finest recordings of these works currently available. In reviewing the individual releases, I had perhaps one small reservation concerning the disc containing Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, but this evaporates in the face of the achievement as a whole. Both cycles, the Bachianas Brasileiras and the Choros, constitute two of the most original, colorful, and enjoyable collections of works by any 20th-century composer. They belong in every serious record collection, and they have never been so consistently well performed and recorded. At last, Villa-Lobos' compatriots have managed to do his quirky genius full justice. The excellent disc of solo guitar music makes a fineRead more and thoughtful bonus, and at seven discs for the price of three, you'd have to be insane not to grab this set immediately.
Chôros no 11 for Piano and Orchestraby Heitor Villa-Lobos Performer:
Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1928; Paris, France
Chôros no 11 for Piano & Orchestra: I. Allegro preciso ma non troppo
Chôros no 5 for Piano "Alma brasileira"
Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos: I. Aria "Cantilena"
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A Brazilian delightDecember 20, 2012By Dr. Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ)See All My Reviews"Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the most important classical composers of the modern era. He was one of Brazil's leading classical composers. His output of works is immense. It is a delight to listen to them. The Complete Choros and Bachianas Braileiras provides hour after hour of wonderful music with all sorts of textures and rhythms and instrumentation. A most varied musical tapestry! This is not Haydn or Mozart but it should not be! Here is a distinctive cultural achievement in which Villa-Lobos makes splendid use of the musical traditions of his native land. The irony is that by listening to his music there is greater appreciation of a Mozart or of a Haydn and in turn by listening to them there is a greater appreciation of Villa-Lobos. Globalism and multi-culturalism are well served by this album of music. All seven CDs. The performances recorded here are excellent. Even the cover of the album is a work of art worth many a glance."Report Abuse