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Villa-Lobos: Complete Choros & Bachianas Brasileiras


Release Date: 07/28/2009 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1830/2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Cristina OrtizFabio ZanonClaudio CruzJohannes Gramsch,   ... 
Conductor:  John NeschlingRoberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony OrchestraSao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra MembersSao Paulo State Symphony Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


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 fine
Read 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.

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

1. Chôros no 11 for Piano and Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Paris, France 
2. Chôros no 5 for Piano "Alma brasileira" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Conductor:  John Neschling
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Paris, France 
3. Chôros no 7 for Chamber Ensemble by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra Members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Paris, France 
4. Chôros no 1 for Guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Brazil 
Length: 5 Minutes 09 Secs. 
5. Chôros no 4 for Brass by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6. Chôros no 6 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Paris, France 
Length: 24 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7. Chôros no 8 for 2 Pianos and Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 00 Secs. 
8. Chôros no 9 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
Length: 24 Minutes 19 Secs. 
9. Introduction to Chôros, W 239 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Fabio Zanon (Guitar)
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Brazil 
10. Chôros bis (2) for Violin and Cello by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Claudio Cruz (Violin), Johannes Gramsch (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 
11. Chôros no 2 for Flute and Clarinet by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Paris, France 
12. Chôros no 3 for Male Chorus and Winds by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Paris, France 
13. Chôros no 10 for Chorus and Orchestra "Rasga o coracao" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Chorus,  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Paris, France 
14. Chôros no 12 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
15. 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 
16. Bachianas brasileiras no 4 for Piano by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1936; Brazil 
17. Bachianas brasileiras no 6 for Flute and Bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Alexandre Silvério (Bassoon), Sato Moughalian (Flute)
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Brazil 
18. Bachianas brasileiras no 1 for 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 
19. Bachianas brasileiras no 7 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Brazil 
20. 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 
21. 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 
22. Bachianas brasileiras no 8 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Brazil 
23. Bachianas brasileiras no 2 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 
Length: 21 Minutes 57 Secs. 
24. Bachianas brasileiras no 3 for Piano and Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Brazil 
Length: 27 Minutes 28 Secs. 
25. Bachianas brasileiras no 4 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1936; Brazil 
Length: 18 Minutes 19 Secs. 
26. Bachianas brasileiras no 2 for Cello and Piano, W 568 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 

Featured Sound Samples

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"

Sound Samples

Introduction to Choros
2 Choros bis: I. Modere
2 Choros bis: II. Lent - Moins - Lent
Choros No. 2
Choros No. 3, "Pica-Pau"
Choros No. 10, "Rasga o Coracao"
Choros No. 12
Choros No. 6
Choros No. 1
Choros No. 8
Choros No. 4
Choros No. 9

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Brazilian delight December 20, 2012 By 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
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