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Villa-lobos: Piano Music Vol 2 / Sonia Rubinsky


Release Date: 02/12/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554827   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Sonia Rubinsky's highly anticipated follow-up to her acclaimed first volume in Naxos' projected Villa-Lobos piano music cycle was worth the wait. The pianist's lyrical temperament taps into the heart and soul of the composer's fecund melodicism. Compare, for instance, her caressing, curvaceous rendition of Ondulando to Deborah Halasz's more urgent, Scriabinesque outlook. While Marc-André Hamelin makes more of the purely virtuosic moments throughout the 12 pieces in A Prole do Bebé No. 2 (like the spiraling scales and almost Ivesian octaves of O Camundongo de massa), Rubinsky's more idiomatic phrasing better captures the music's wide-eyed, folkloric syntax, as in the gentle samba rhythm of A Baratinha de
Read more papel. She shapes each of the 1925 Cirandinhas (Little Round Songs) with the kind of playful vigor and accentuation that comes from having sung the originals as a child. I only hope that Rubinsky won't take another two years to give us Volume 3. An ingratiating release.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Lenda do Caboclo, W 188 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Ondulando, W 82 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1911; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Valsa da dor, W 316 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
A prole do bebê, Book 2, W 180 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto 
Length: 32 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Cirandinhas (12) for Piano, W 210 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto 
Length: 22 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Lenda do Caboclo: A
Ondulano: Ondulando
Valsa da dor: Valsa da Dor
Prole do bebe No. 2: A Baratinha de papel
Prole do bebe No. 2: O Gatinho de papelao
Prole do bebe No. 2: O Camundongo de massa
Prole do bebe No. 2: O Cachorrinho de borracha
Prole do bebe No. 2: O Cavalinho de pau
Prole do bebe No. 2: O Boisinho de chumbo
Prole do bebe No. 2: O Passarinho de panno
Prole do bebe No. 2: O Ursozinho de algodao
Prole do bebe No. 2: O Lobosinho de vidro
Cirandinhas: Zangou-se o Cravo com a Rosa
Cirandinhas: Adeus, Bela Morena
Cirandinhas: Vamos, maninha
Cirandinhas: Olha aquela menina
Cirandinhas: Senhora pastora
Cirandinhas: Cae, cae, balao
Cirandinhas: Todo o mundo passa
Cirandinhas: Vamos ver a mulatinha
Cirandinhas: Carneirinho, carneirao
Cirandinhas: A canoa virou
Cirandinhas: Nesta rua tem um bosque
Cirandinhas: Lindos olhos que ela tem

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 wonderful variety April 12, 2012 By Louis  Countryman (Oakland, CA) See All My Reviews "Since these piece are mostly quite short (most less than five minutes long) and early in Villa-Lobos's career, I didn't expect them to have so much variety of style and interest. They range from the reflective to the very energetic. Some of them have a very specifically Brazilian feel, while others fit comfortably in to the broader European stream of early twentieth-century composition. I already had the first volume of this series and am equally enthusiastic about this one. Rubinsky's playing has all the breadth and energy of the music itself. " Report Abuse
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