Villa-Lobos: Choros Vol 2 / Neschling, São Paulo State SO

Release Date: 6/24/2008
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-CD-1450
Conductor: John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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$19.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

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
Works on This Recording
1. Chôros no 1 for Guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer: Fabio Zanon (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920 ; Brazil
2. Chôros no 4 for Brass by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer: Samuel Hamzem (French Horn), Darrin Coleman Milling (Bass Trombone), Ozeas Arantes (French Horn), Dante Yenque (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; Paris, France
3. Chôros no 6 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor: John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; Paris, France
4. Chôros no 8 for 2 Pianos and Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer: Ilan Rechtman (Piano), Linda Bustani (Piano)
Conductor: John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; Paris, France
5. Chôros no 9 for Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor: John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929 ; Paris, France
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