Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras Nos. 2, 4 & 8
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Heitor Villa-Lobos played cello in the opera and other symphony orchestras in Rio de Janeiro, where he was born and where he died in 1959. These pieces, taken from the set of nine Bachianas Brasileiras, are therefore 20th century compositions, but are among the century's more accessible compositions. All of the set are intended to reflect something of the baroque style in their structure but the rhythms and colour of Brazil in their orchestration.
The three Bachianas Brasileiras recorded here by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos are all pieces for orchestra. The first, No. 2, includes one of the composer's better-known pieces, `The Little Train of the Caipira', as its fourth movement. No. 4 is another four-movement work and this is again the orchestral version - there is another arrangement for piano. Finally the disc features Bachianas Brasileiras No.8, a very atmospheric piece comprising a Prelude, Aria, Toccata and Fugue. All these works are very accessible to anyone not familiar with Villa-Lobos' style and sonorities. I hear more of Brazil than Bach in these pieces but I find them quite lovely.
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras Nos. 1, 2, 5 & 9 / ORTF National Orchestra, De Los Angeles
Unfortunately, this was not done in the case of this recording. Mistakes abound, not the fault of the performers, including wrong notes, and even a wrong instrument playing in one instance. (Horn players playing what is supposed to be a trumpet line.) Certainly someone should have caught these (especially Lopez-Cobos, who should be the last line of defensive against this).
Having said that however, the pieces themselves are wonderfully evocative, and full of terrific Brazilian rhythms. The orchestra is playing terrific, but the Telarc sound robs some of the excitement out of the music.
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Was recommended by a friend. NOT my kind of music.
Difficult to listen to carefully.
Donated to charity....... maybe someone will like it.
I would have to agree with the reviewer below that this disc suffers from a lack of compositional ingenuity rather than sound quality or orchestral integrity. Read morePublished on February 5, 2002 by D. Seymour