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Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras 1-2, 5 & 9 / Villa-Lobos, De los Angeles


Release Date: 01/28/2010 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 61015   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles
Conductor:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"In 1958, when three of these works were issued here, there had been no previous complete recordings of Nos. 2 and 9—respectively the least and most 'Bachian' of Villa-Lobos's so-disant fusions of Brazilian folk idiom with the spirit of his revered Bach—but No. 5 was already on its way to becoming a popular favourite. (No. I had appeared six years earlier in the memorable Capitol version conducted by Werner Janssen.) The presence of the composer as conductor lends these performances some authority as regards character, tempo, correct notes (never very easy to establish in his chaotic scores). The most appealing of these, because of the seductive singing of Victoria de los Angeles in her prime, is No. 5...her cantilena in the first Read more movement and, in the second, her rapid articulation and bird-like darting are delightful.

In this performance of No. 2...the famous "Little train" which forms its last movement is still irresistible (the composer dwelling lovingly on that last impracticable harmonic which so vividly suggests the dying wheeze of the battered old locomotive)."

-- Gramophone [9/1988]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 1958 
2.
Bachianas brasileiras no 2 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 1958 
3.
Bachianas brasileiras no 1 for 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 1958 
4.
Bachianas brasileiras no 9 for String Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 1958 

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