Here's the second new Guitar Concerto CD of 2014: Pablo Sainz Villegas plays guitar & James Judd conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. This concert performance is now available for streaming at The Naxos Music Library; I'm not sure when it will be available for sale. Here is the information on the November 2013 concert, which includes music by Mendelssohn, Elgar & Dyens.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
This December 2013 concert from the Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional includes the Florestas do Amazonas suite of Villa-Lobos.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Here's a nice present for Heitor Villa-Lobos's birthday: the new version of the Heitor Villa-Lobos Website is now officially up on the web, at http://www.villalobos.iu.edu. Thanks to Erick Carballo and everyone at the Latin American Music Centre at Indiana University for all their work in making the move from Red Deer to Bloomington.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Sinfonietta #1, from 1916, is rarely performed, so it's nice to see this excellent video of Gil Jardim conducting the Orquestra de Câmara da USP. This is from the 4th Leo Brouwer Guitar Festival. Also on the video is Brouwer's Concierto Elegiaco, plus an Albeniz encore.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
My last post was about the Columbia Masterworks LP that included 6 Villa-Lobos songs, 5 from the Serestas cycle. Here is the original 78rpm album, an important part of my Villa-Lobos music library.
The five Serestas are Modinha (#5), Abril (#9), Na Paz do Outono (#6), Cancao do Carreiro (#8) and Desejo (#10). These are important compositions, written by Villa-Lobos in Paris in 1925-26. The sixth song, Sino de Aldeia, is the sixth song from the Miniaturas cycle of 1916-17.
Here is the back cover. Unfortunately, there's no date on this album, but I believe this was recorded (and released on 78?) in 1945. The songs made it to LP in 1950.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
In 1950 Columbia released this Songs of Rachmaninoff LP by soprano Jennie Tourel, which included six songs accompanied by an orchestra conducted by the composer. Since this has never been released on CD, and the LP shows up on eBay only very rarely, it's nice that the Brazilian Concert Music blog has posted the songs.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Later this month pianist Clara Rodriguez will be playing a couple of pieces by Villa-Lobos, Beethoven's Appassionata sonata, plus such interesting composers as Teresa Carreño, Luiza Elena Paesano, and Luis Zea, all in one of my favourite London venues: St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. Wish I could be there!
Here she is playing Impressoes Seresteiras, from an earlier London concert: