Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras (Complete)

Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras (Complete)

by Kenneth Schermerhorn


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Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras (Complete)

Many music lovers know that Heitor Villa-Lobos composed a set of works entitled Bachianas Brasileiras, if only because the seductive melody from the fifth work in the set, scored for soprano and eight cellos, is one of classical music's all-time favorites. For those wanting to dig deeper into his music, there's no better place to start than this budget-priced collection of all nine of the Bachianas Brasileiras -- works dating from 1930 to 1945, in which Villa-Lobos brought together the Baroque forms and counterpoint of J. S. Bach with the rhythmic and melodic verve of his native Brazil's folk and popular music. It's often hard to tell where one influence leaves off and the other begins: A Bach-like aria might be tinged with Brazilian harmonies, or a folk dance might be transformed into a fugue subject. These recordings by the Nashville Symphony, conducted by Kenneth Schermerhorn -- among the final recording sessions he led before his death in 2005 -- are delightful through and through. Villa-Lobos's genius for translucent orchestration is revealed in Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 -- one of the more familiar of these works, thanks to its picturesque toccata, "The Little Train of the Caipira." But some of the weightier numbers of the bunch are the real beneficiaries of the serious attention they're given here: the stately Sinfonia Concertante for piano and orchestra of the Third; the expansive orchestral landscapes of the Seventh and Eighth; and the grand conclusion of the Ninth, a prelude and fugue for string orchestra. As for the immortal strains of No. 5, soprano Rosana Lamosa's performance is full of evocative charm, and heard amid all its fellow Bachianas Brasileiras, the inspired simplicity and beauty of Villa-Lobos's art seems more magical than ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2005
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313246021
catalogNumber: 8557460-62
Rank: 127216


  1. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, for 8 cellos, A. 246
  2. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2, for orchestra, A. 247
  3. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3, for piano & orchestra, A. 388
  4. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, for piano, A. 264
  5. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, for voice & 8 cellos, A. 389
  6. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6, for flute & bassoon, A. 392
  7. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7, for orchestra, A. 247
  8. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 8, for orchestra, A. 444
  9. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9, for chorus (or string orchestra), A. 449

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