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Guarnieri: Symphony No 5, Etc./ Neschling, Sao Paulo So


Release Date: 05/25/2004 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1320   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camargo Mozart Guarnieri
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony OrchestraSao Paulo State Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the last disc in the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra's survey of Guarnieri Symphonies under John Neschling for BIS. Let's hope that it doesn't mean the end to its exploration of Guarnieri's music, for this latest release only confirms the impressive talent evident on previous issues. The Fifth Symphony has an interesting first movement comprised of alternating sections of slow and fast music. Guarnieri's late style is lean, not especially tonal, and highly contrapuntal--but so communicative and emotionally straightforward is his expression that the idiom never becomes a barrier to enjoyment. Like Bartók, he found a way to be at once modern and a man of the people, though the finale of this very symphony includes a chorus Read more based on a silly poem about a river (written by the composer's brother) that maybe carries the populist element a bit too far.


The Suite Villa Rica was assembled from a film score, and as such it features more relaxed, atmospheric writing with plenty of dance elements. The work's 10 short movements breeze by in 20 minutes of pure delight. Symphony No. 6, also in three short movements totalling only about 20 minutes, strikes me as a masterpiece. Its orchestration, muscular and utterly transparent with nary a note out of place, beguiles the ear, and the Triste (Sad) slow movement has a haunting beauty that will stay with you long after the work ends. The finale's concision and directness (it lasts just slightly more than four minutes) reveal the hand of a master. As with previous releases in this series, Neschling and his orchestra sound terrific, and the strings show a bit less strain than the last time around. Terrific sonics, terrific music--Guarnieri merits very serious attention, no doubt about it. More, please. [4/23/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 by Camargo Mozart Guarnieri
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra,  Sao Paulo State Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Brazil 
Language: Portuguese 
2.
Vila Rica Suite by Camargo Mozart Guarnieri
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Brazil 
3.
Symphony no 6 by Camargo Mozart Guarnieri
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Brazil 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 5: I. Lento - Allegro impetuouso
Symphony No. 5: II. Lento nostalgico
Symphony No. 5: III. Allegro
Suite vila rica: I. Maestoso
Suite vila rica: II. Andantino
Suite vila rica: III. Misterioso
Suite vila rica: IV. Scherzando
Suite vila rica: V. Agitado
Suite vila rica: VI. Alegre
Suite vila rica: VII. Valsa
Suite vila rica: VIII. Saudoso
Suite vila rica: IX. Humoristico
Suite vila rica: X. Gingando
Symphony No. 6: I. Energico e ritmado
Symphony No. 6: II. Triste
Symphony No. 6: III. -

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