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Villa-lobos: Symphonies No 6 & 8, Etc / St. Clair, Swr Rso


Release Date: 08/21/2001 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999517   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Sixth Symphony was one of the composer's favorites. Its first movement contains thematic material derived from a topographical map of Brazil, the rise and fall of its mountains dictating the range of its principal melodies. The result, not surprisingly, sounds just like Villa-Lobos; it also recalls the composer's days in Paris, and particularly the elegantly sculpted symphonies of Roussel. It's common to point to the lush colors and extravagant orchestral sonorities that make Villa-Lobos' music so distinctive, but it's also worth noting these works' neat proportions and formal concision, something for which he rarely receives the credit he deserves.


At 25 minutes each, neither symphony makes outrageous demands on
Read more the listener's attention, and both feature enticingly evocative slow movements (that of Symphony No. 6 is particularly appealing) surrounded by three short, rhythmically dense, eventful quick ones. The Eighth Symphony, dating from 1950, shows the composer paring down his polyrhythmic orchestral thickets with no loss of imagination or excitement. If anything, it's even more obviously tuneful than the Sixth. Both works are beautiful, engaging, and very well performed and conducted, as with previous discs in this series.


The Suite for Strings is an early work, typically luxuriant and attractive, not especially "Brazilian" melodically, and a bit long for its material, a problem perhaps emphasized by its "slow, less slow, moderate" three-movement structure. Still, it's well worth having, especially in such a lovely performance. Symphony No. 6 also is available in a fine performance on Marco Polo, not quite as well recorded or incisively played as this one, but with highly desirable couplings in its own right. Fans of the composer will want both versions, for sure. CPO's Villa-Lobos symphony cycle is one of the great "happenings" in classical music today. Don't miss it. [6/23/2002]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6, W 447 "Sobre a linha das montanhas do Brasil" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  State Hall, Sindelfingen, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 8 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  State Hall, Sindelfingen, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Strings by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 04/18/2000 
Venue:  State Hall, Sindelfingen, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 41 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 6, "On the Outline of the Mountains of Brazil": I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 6, "On the Outline of the Mountains of Brazil": II. Lento
Symphony No. 6, "On the Outline of the Mountains of Brazil": III. Allegretto quasi animato
Symphony No. 6, "On the Outline of the Mountains of Brazil": IV. Allegro
Symphony No. 8: I. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I
Symphony No. 8: II. Lento assai
Symphony No. 8: III. Allegro giusto
Symphony No. 8: IV. Molto allegro
Suite: I. Timide: Poco andante
Suite: II. Mysterieuse: Andantino
Suite: III. Inquiete [Air de ballet]: Poco allegretto

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