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Bach Bachianas / The Yale Cellos Of Aldo Parisot


Release Date: 12/11/1992 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3041   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachHeitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Arleen Augér
Conductor:  Aldo Parisot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Cellos
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle: Parisot, the brilliant Brazilian cellist, knew Villa-Lobos, and premiered several of his works. (Villa-Lobos' Second Cello Concerto is dedicated to Parisot.) Parisot has the advantage of a mass of cellos - 20 or so - all from the Yale Music department, and hence, his students. (The jacket lists 34 names.) And what a sound they make - organ-like in resonance and sensational in intonation. Add to this the fact that he has the dulcet voice of soprano Auger for the famous fifth Bachianas, plus Delos' brilliantly lively sonics, and you have a very major release. Highly recommended. Opus: This is a most unusual and enjoyable release. First of all, at long last, recordings of Villa-Lobos' Bachiana brasileiras Nos. 1 and 5 Read more that really do justice to these irresistible scores. Here the works are played by the sort of ensemble Villa-Lobos had in mind: not the usual eight cellos, but an 'orchestra of violoncellos' - the Yale Cellos, twenty in member, conducted by their mentor Aldo Parisot. The gain in tonal richness is immeasurable. And what tremendous vigor and elan they display! I don't mean to imply any degree of roughness or vehemence, however, for this is some of the suavest playing imaginable by such an ensemble. Rather, the rhythms, inflections, and articulations are executed in such an inimitably idiomatic manner as to simply sweep the listener along. In the haunting Aria ('Cantilena') of No. 5, Arleen Auger enters as if another instrument, a soprano cello perhaps. As much as I enjoyed Hendricks' performance, Auger gives the most exquisite rendition I've heard since Bidu Sayao (who recorded only this movement). The aria's central section is treated more expansively than usual, but with a wonderfully apt sensitivity. Auger and the cellists deliver the concluding Dansa ('Martelo') brilliantly, not so fast as to turn it into a meaningless display piece, but at a tempo that allows the infectious dance rhythms to tell. WG, High Performance Review: This recording is an interesting novelty: an orchestra made up entirely of violoncelli! The Villa-Lobos works are placed first and last, in between are arrangements of various compositions by J.S. Bach, including the much arranged 'Chaconne in D-Minor' for solo violin. Aldo Parisot and his student cellists give wonderfully rich, vital and colorful performances. In the famous 'Bachiana Brasileiras No. 5,' we're fortunate to have Arleen Auger. Everything this splendid American soprano does is touched with her intelligence and the beauty of her voice. The Bach pieces are all well-played, and the sound of massed 'celli, at least under Parisot's direction, is not at all as dark, opaque or lush as one might expect. There's light, almost transparent, yet rich, sound, and throughout the compact disc, it is music that's given to us, not a slick demonstration of novel sound. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Aldo Parisot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Cellos
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Sprague Hall, Yale Univ, New Haven, Conn 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Aldo Parisot 
2.
Bachianas brasileiras no 1 for 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Aldo Parisot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Cellos
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 
Venue:  Sprague Hall, Yale Univ, New Haven, Conn 
Length: 19 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Parisot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Cellos
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
Venue:  Sprague Hall, Yale Univ, New Haven, Conn 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Aldo Parisot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Cellos
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Sprague Hall, Yale Univ, New Haven, Conn 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: H Villa-Lobos 
5.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 8 in E flat minor, BWV 853 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Aldo Parisot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Cellos
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Sprague Hall, Yale Univ, New Haven, Conn 
Length: 9 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Laszlo Varga 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012: 4th movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Aldo Parisot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Cellos
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Sprague Hall, Yale Univ, New Haven, Conn 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Colin Hampton 
7.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Aldo Parisot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Cellos
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Sprague Hall, Yale Univ, New Haven, Conn 
Length: 14 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Laszlo Varga 

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