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Villa-Lobos: Piano Music Vol 1 / Sonia Rubinsky


Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554489   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Is Heitor Villa-Lobos the last great 20th century composer to be rediscovered? Because he wrote so much, it's easier to sidestep rather than face his overwhelming catalog point by point. The folks at Naxos, though, are tackling his Amazonian output, starting with the piano music. Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky controls the undulating chordal syncopations in the wonderful Book One of A Prole do Bebê with a left hand propelled by an imaginary, rock-steady rhythm section, and never lets the pungent dissonances overshadow the melodies. Rarely heard, the delightful Cirandas are virtually the Brazilian equivalant of Bartok's folk-inspired character pieces. The improvisatory Hommage à Chopin
Read more evokes the Polish master's decorative syntax, filtered through Villa-Lobos' more lush keyboard deployment. Rubinsky is both on top and inside of the Brazilian composer's idiom, and her vivid playing is beautifully reproduced. As they say in Portuguese: "um CD sensacional."

– Jed Distler Read less

Works on This Recording

1. A prole do bebê, Book 1, W 140 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 15 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2. Cirandas (16) for Piano, W 220 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 41 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3. Hommage à Chopin by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Prole do bebe No. 1: Branquinha (A boneca de louca)
Prole do bebe No. 1: Morenhina (A boneca de massa)
Prole do bebe No. 1: Caboclinha (A boneca de barro)
Prole do bebe No. 1: Mulatinha (A boneca de borracha)
Prole do bebe No. 1: Negrinha (A boneca de pau)
Prole do bebe No. 1: A pobrezinha (A boneca de trapo)
Prole do bebe No. 1: O polichinelo
Prole do bebe No. 1: A bruxa (A boneca de pano)
Cirandas: Terezinha de Jesus
Cirandas: A Condessa
Cirandas: Senhora Dona Sancha
Cirandas: O cravo brigou com a rosa
Cirandas: Pobre cega
Cirandas: Passa, passa gaviao
Cirandas: Xo, xo, passarinho
Cirandas: Vamos atras de Serra, Calunga
Cirandas: Fui no tororo
Cirandas: O pintor de Cannahy
Cirandas: Nesta rua, nesta rua
Cirandas: Olha o passarinho, Domine
Cirandas: A procura de uma agulha
Cirandas: A canoa virou
Cirandas: Que lindos olhos!
Cirandas: Co, co, co
Hommage a Chopin: Noturno
Hommage a Chopin: A la balada

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