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Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras Nos. 2, 4 & 8

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Villa-Lobos's Bachiana Brasileira No. 2 remains his most popular orchestral composition, despite an oeuvre that numbers more than 1,000 pieces! It's a charming work, no doubt about it, particularly the little choo-choo train finale. The others in the set, however, are equally worth hearing; there is, in fact, some very substantial and sophisticated music in this series of nine compositions, three of which are included on this disc. If you like No. 2, you'll have no problem at all with the rest. They are, one and all, full of exotic textures, gorgeous Brazilian melodies, and the rhythms of folk dances. Both performance and sound meet the highest standards. --David Hurwitz

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Preludio (O Canto Do Capadocio)
  2. Aria (O Canto Da Nosso Terra)
  3. Dansa (Lembranca Do Sertao)
  4. Toccata (O Tremzinho Do Calpira)
  5. Preludio (Introducao)
  6. Coral (Canto Do Sertao)
  7. Aria (Cantiga)
  8. Danso (Miudinho)
  9. Preludio
  10. Aira (Modinha)
  11. Tocata (Catira Batida)
  12. Fuga


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony
  • Conductor: Jesus Lopez-Cobos
  • Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003D0W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Villa-Lobos _ Bachianas Brasileiras Nos. 2, 4, and 8

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
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By A Customer on March 2, 2004
The music of Villa Lobos is plagued with mistakes in the printed scores and orchestral parts, perhaps one of the reasons it is not programmed more often. Great care has to be taken, when performing (and certainly when recording) this music to make sure to correct these for the best result.
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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...music-seeker be dissuaded by the "reviews" below, I would like to contribute my experience of this album, which I've had and heard for a number of years. Apart from the fine performance, which all concede, I have found this to be enchanting music, music of great imaginativeness. The glib dismissal for lack of substance or depth is yet another instance of those myriad "reviews" by people who love to see their names and ill-considered opinions in print - an opportunity so amply provided by Amazon.com. There is no accounting for taste, and we are each entitled to our own; but to inflate that taste into a pontification masked as sound musical judgment makes only mischief. Personally, I find much of this music indispensable to my music-appreciative life. Do hear it for yourself [sample the first movement of Bachianas Brasileiras 4] before turning away.
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