Monday, April 14, 2014

New guitar concerto CD

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

Rio Paris

The new Erato CD Rio Paris, with Natalie Dessay, Agnes Jaoui, Helena Noguerra & Liat Cohen, will be released early in May 2014. You can pre-order it here. Here's a video preview; I'm looking forward to this!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Quatour Symbolique

This modernist piece from 1921, also called the Quatour Symbolique or Quarteto Simbolico, is one of my favourite chamber works. The optional female choir is rarely included in performance.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Villa-Lobos Website moves to Indiana

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 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

Gil Jardim conducts the 1st Sinfonietta

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

Jennie Tourel's Serestas on 78

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

Jennie Tourel sings Villa-Lobos

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

Total Immersion: Villa-Lobos

Tom Service introduces Total Immersion: Villa-Lobos, presented in London in March 2014 by the BBC Symphony and Sakari Oramo. "Be prepared to be totally immersed in the sound world of Villa-Lobos."

Villa-Lobos conducts

I haven't seen this picture before. It's from the Viva Villa! exhibition at Shopping Villa-Lobos.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Clara Rodriguez at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

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: