Villa-Lobos: Choral Transcriptions / Peleggi, Sao Paulo Symphony Choir

Release Date: 1/29/2021
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8574286
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 57 Minutes

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Choral music holds a central position in Villa-Lobos’s catalogue of works, but among these famous pieces is a series of little-known transcriptions for a cappella choir taken from the standard classical repertoire. They were intended for a teachers’ chorus and for use in schools, and through astonishing alchemy they achieve a true ‘orchestration’ of largely piano originals, adding a fresh new repertoire for vocal ensembles. This album also includes the first ever recording of Villa-Lobos’s complete set of a cappella transcriptions from Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier.

 

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These transcriptions for unaccompanied choir of keyboard music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schumann, Massenet, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Villa-Lobos himself have to be heard to be believed. They are extraordinary.

 

– ClassicsToday.com (David Hurwitz)

Works on This Recording
1. Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30: No. 9 in E Major, Op. 30, No. 3, MWV U104 (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1834 ;
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Germany
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1722 ;
4. Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15: No. 7. Träumerei (Dreaming) (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Robert Schumann
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1838 ;
5. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869: Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846 (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1722 ;
6. Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 4. Ständchen (Serenade) (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Franz Schubert
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1828 ;
7. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869: Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866 (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1722 ;
8. Waltz No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Fryderyk Chopin
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1847 ;
9. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869: Prelude No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867 (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1722 ;
10. Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2. Prélude in C-Sharp Minor (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Sergey Rachmaninov
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1892 ;
11. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893: Prelude No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 883 (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: c1740 ;
12. Elégie (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: c1872 ;
13. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893: Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874 (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: c1740 ;
14. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) (excerpts) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1798 ;
15. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9 (version for choir) by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor: Valentina Peleggi
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Choir
Written: 1945 ;
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