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Dancas Brasileiras / Roberto Minczuk , São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Levy / Nepomuceno / Villa-lobos / Spso / Minczuk
Release Date: 11/22/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1430  
Composer:  Alberto NepomucenoAlexandre LevyHeitor Villa-LobosFrancisco Mignone,   ... 
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

"Many of these colorfully orchestrated Latin American pieces have served as surprise encores in the repertoire of touring orchestras. Now is you're chance to hear them together from Roberto Minczuk and the Sao Paulo Orchestra on one album that you'll want to surprise your friends with. Don't miss the delightful Batuque by Fernandez, the Three Dances by Guarnieri or A Chegada dos Candangos by Antonio Carlos Jobim. In fact, all the pieces are imaginative and fun." - Greg La Traille, ArkivMusic.com

This almost perfect collection follows a roughly chronological progression from the late 19th century (Nepomuceno and
Read more Levy, whose Samba is a highlight of the disc), to the 21st century (Edino Kreiger's somewhat glum Passacaglia for the New Millennium). As the foregoing description suggests, the only problem is that the newer pieces are less interesting than the older ones, although Antonio Carlos Jobim's A Chegada dos Candangos is delightful even if it does end in mid-stride. Along the way you'll surely enjoy Villa-Lobos' magical Dança Frenética, while Mignone's Congada is equally clever and evocative (BIS has one disc of his orchestral music, and we surely would enjoy another).

Fernández's famous Batuque receives its best performance here since Bernstein's, though it would be great to hear the entire suite from which it derives. Camargo Guarniere's Three Dances are also beautiful pieces. Only the third of them is at all familiar, but the lyrical central dance is memorably atmospheric. You could be forgiven for thinking it comes out of a film score for an American Western. As already hinted, the performances are about as good as it gets, and the SACD sonics offer the last word in natural brilliance and impact. Slightly uneven compositionally, but strongly recommended nonetheless.

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

1.
Garatuja: Prelude by Alberto Nepomuceno
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
2.
Batuque by Alberto Nepomuceno
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
3.
Samba by Alexandre Levy
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
4.
Dança frenètica, W 144 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Brazil 
5.
Congada by Francisco Mignone
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Brazil 
6.
Batuque by Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1930 
7.
Dances (3) for Orchestra by Camargo Mozart Guarnieri
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
8.
Passacalha para o Novo Milênio by Edino Krieger
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
9.
A Chegada dos Candangos by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
10.
Mourão by Cesar Guerra-Peixe
Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Sound Samples

O Garatuja
Serie brasileira: IV. Batuque
Suite Bresilienne: IV. Samba
Danca frenetica
Congada
Reisado do pastoreio: III. Batuque
Dansa selvagem
Dansa negra (version for orchestra)
Dansa brasileira
Passacalha para o Novo Milenio
A Chegada dos Candangos
Mourao

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Outstanding!! July 21, 2012 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This incredible recording is a hybrid SACD,and for those who are fortunate enough to have a multi-channel SACD system, let me assure you that you are in for a real treat. Although I have a decent conventional stereo system, I first listened to this disk on a small portable, battery-operated CD player and was blown away. I asked myself is it possible that a recording could sound this good on a $20 CD player? Yes, it is possible! Nine Brazilian composers are represented here through short (3-9 minutes) dance compositions using Brazilian melodies, all of which are full of rhythmic vitality and constantly shifting tempos in a whirlwind of orchestral color. Most of the composers will probably be unfamiliar to North American listeners, with the possible exception of Heiter Villa-Lobos and Camargo Guarnieri. No matter- this brilliantly recorded disk is sure to please any lover of good music. The excellent Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra must have had a lot of fun with this material. I would not be surprised if these infectious tunes have you out of your seat and either dancing or cheering as the program develops- it's that good! Hats off to BIS for a spectacular musical experience. Absolutely recommended without reservations!" Report Abuse
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