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Villa-lobos: Chôros No 8 & 9 / Schermerhorn, Hong Kong Po


Release Date: 10/16/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555241   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 42 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Originally issued on Marco Polo, these performances make a welcome reappearance on the Naxos label. Villa-Lobos used the "Chôro", a popular type of urban street music found in Rio de Janeiro, as the basis for a new and vibrant type of orchestral composition. Chôros No. 8 evokes a primeval Amazonian jungle with its wonderfully vivid sound-imagery. By making extensive use of Brazilian rhythms and percussion, particularly the caracaxa, which sounds like a huge set of maracas, Villa-Lobos gives the music an impetuous, even sinister feel. This powerful rhythmic thrust pervades throughout, taking a strangely Coplandesque turn for a brief mid-point sequence that brings to mind El salon Mexico.

Read more /> Chôros No. 9 opens in a brightly festive atmosphere, punctuated by kinetic bass drum thuds. In its colorful character, varied moods, and scenes that segue one into another, the piece is reminiscent of Respighi's Feste Romane (though there's nothing Italianate about Villa-Lobos' language). This is fun stuff--mysterious, exciting, and sensuous--and it's all done with astonishingly authentic flair by the Hong Kong Philharmonic (they really whack the percussion!) under conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn. The 1985 recordings retain their clarity, but also their tendency to brightness. At the Naxos price, this is an irresistible invitation to sample the music of this Brazilian master.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Chôros no 8 for 2 Pianos and Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong 
Length: 18 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Chôros no 9 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong 
Length: 23 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Choros No. 8
Choros No. 9

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