While Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras series may be better known or more popular (at least in part), his Choros pieces are just as fine--and perhaps richer in content even if looser in structure. Indeed, Nos. 6, 8, and 9 rank among his largest and most extravagant orchestral works, and their neglect on concert programs really is astonishing. No. 1 is a lovely guitar solo, while No. 4 is scored for the unusual combination of three horns and trombone. It's high time that a label decided to record the entire sequence, and if you've been following these releases you already know just how exceptional the results are likely to be.
This newcomer certainly doesn't disappoint. John Neschling leads his São Paulo forces in performances that offer the last word in glittering color and rhythmic exuberance, engineered with maximum realism and impact. The shorter, more intimate pieces are strategically placed in between the big orchestral works, making the entire disc a fabulously varied program that offers eloquent proof of Villa-Lobos' range and originality. Kudos also go to guitarist Fabio Zanon for his soulful reading of Choros No. 1, and to the various brass players for their vibrant reading of the quirkily scored No. 4. You're going to love this!
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com