Friday, December 19, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Verde Velhice is short piece written in 1922, called 'Divertimento' in the unpublished score (held by the Museu Villa-Lobos). This performance at the 2014 Festival Villa-Lobos is by the Orquestra Sinfônica da UFRJ conducted by Marcelo Ramos. This music was last heard when the composer presented it in Sao Paulo in 1926.
Here is more information on the piece, from Villa-Lobos: Sua Obra, 1.0 (2009):
VERDE VELHICE (1922, SP)
2fl, 2ob, 2cl(Bb), cl baixo, 2fg, 4cor, 2trp, 3trb, tuba, tímp, tam-tam, hp, pf e cordas
AUTÓGRAFO (MVL): 34 x 27 - 10 p.
PUBLICAÇÕES: não publicada
COPYRIGHT: © 1922 by HVL
EXECUÇÕES: 1a 1926, São Paulo. Heitor Villa-Lobos, regente
OBSERVAÇÕES: • Com a indicação: "Divertimento"; • dedicada ao Conselheiro Antonio Prado.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The 5th Piano Concerto is still not programmed very often. Here's an exceptional recent performance, though, from pianist Fabio Martino and OSESP under Celso Antunes (September 2014). This may not be profound music, but it sounds completely Villa-Lobosian to me. OSESP is nailing obscure Villa-Lobos lately, with this plus their new Symphony series on Naxos. The newly edited scores are probably a factor, since so many Villa-Lobos scores have been plagued with many many inaccuracies. But I'm completely convinced by Martino, OSESP and Antunes (plus Karabtchevsky in the Symphonies); this music is in their blood.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
- Brinquedo de roda
- Primeira suíte infantil
- Segunda suíte infantil
- Histórias da carochinha
Monday, September 29, 2014
I've finally had a chance to listen to the Erato CD Rio Paris, a project by guitarist Liat Cohen, with the involvement of three special singers: Natalie Dessay, Agnes Jaoui and Helena Noguerra. Seven of the 17 tracks are by Villa-Lobos, but I also really enjoyed Cohen's choice by more recent composers, beginning with my favourite Tom Jobim song, Waters of March.
The centre-piece of the disc is the Aria of Bachianas Brasileiras #5, presented in Villa-Lobos's own arrangement for guitar and voice, and performed by Liat Cohen and Natalie Dessay. Two little-known early songs by Villa-Lobos with Cohen and Dessay are also included: Les Meres, op.45, and L'oiseau besse d'une fleche, op. 10 (most VL pieces with opus numbers are from the beginning of his career: these are from 1913 and 1914).
There are plenty of other delights included. I especially appreciated three spare arrangements for guitar and voice by Rafi Kadishson:
- Agua e vinho by Egberto Gismondi, sung by Helena Noguerra
- the Baden Powell/Vinicius de Moraes Samba em preludio, sung by Agnes Jaoui and Helena Noguerra
- the Jobim standard Desafinado sung by Helena Noguerra
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Villa-Lobos A New Way is a project begun by pianist, composer & arranger Alberto Conde and poet, playwright, novelist & musicologist JR Bustamante. The musicians in Conde's version of Choros #10 are:
- Alberto Conde, piano
- Carmen Durán, soprano
- Nirankar Khalsa, percussion
- Kin Garcia, bass
- Miguel Cabana, drums
Friday, August 29, 2014
- A mão direita tem uma roseira (The right hand holds a rosebush)
- Assim ninava mamã (Mummy’s Lullaby)
- A pobrezinha sertaneja (The Poor Girl from the Hinterlands)
- Vestidinho branco (Little White Dress)
- A História da caipirinha (The Story of the Little Peasant Girl)
Friday, August 1, 2014
For those who are willing to follow difficult but glorious work like that you learn and practice at your house but again we can say, since this work is have the purest and most beautiful of all philosophies. But never be repeated too often, as I do now, citing this small piece of the Proverbs of Solomon: "Guard your heart more than all things, for it come the fruits of life."
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
This performance is available on a CD that also includes the Firebird Suite and Berlioz's Carnaval Overture.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
David E. Vassberg, "Villa-Lobos as Pedagogue: Music in the Service of the State," Journal of Research in Music Education, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Autumn, 1975), p. 165
No matter what Villa-Lobos thought about the game, I'm cheering big for A Seleçao!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The new Azica CD From This Point Forward featuring the Spektral Quartet and accordionist Julien Labro will be released on June 24. The repertoire includes Labro's arrangement of Villa-Lobos's Sentimental Melody and Veleiros (from Forest of the Amazon), along with pieces by Piazzolla, Barrios, Pascoal, Saluzzi, Zenon, Schissi, Otero and Grenet. Labro and the Quartet were featured on the NPR station WBEZ's Morning Shift, which you can listen to here. They play Sentimental Melody at 11:35.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
This episode of A Grande Música from TV Brasil includes the following Villa-Lobos performances:
- Introduction: José Schiller
- 3:20 Bachianas Brasileiras #6, with Marcelo Bonfim, flute and Elione Medeiros, bassoon
- 13:00 Bachianas Brasileiras #9, with Isaac Karabtchevsky conducting the Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica
- 21:45 Bachianas Brasileiras #5, with soprano Veruschka Mainhard, and Ricardo Rocha conducting an orchestra of cellos
- 33:45 Bachianas Brasileiras #2, with cellist Antonio Meneses and Cristina Ortiz
The Association of Classical Dominican Artists in New York City will present a musical event that brings together the Dominican and Brazilian communities of New York City: "The Villa Lobos Experience", to take place on Monday May 12 at 7 PM at the Aaron Davis Hall of The City College of New York, located at 135th Street and Covent Avenue. The event is free, but reservations are required.
For more information, please see http://www.dominicanclassical.org/. To register for "The Villa-Lobos Experience" please proceed to our Eventbrite link: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/association-of-dominican-classical-artists-inc-1270786671
Arguably the best classical composer from South America, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) wrote works that not only incorporate his native and folk Afro music, but also style elements from classicism, impressionism and the baroque. "The Villa-Lobos Experience" is a collaboration of both Dominican, Brazlian and American visual artists and classical musicians living in New York City.
Rarely heard works will performed in the program, including
- O Canto Do Cysne Negro (poem-Dance-Mime) Extract from Symphonic Poem Naufragio de Klinikos arr. For cello and harp by Dewy Owens
- Lent from Fantasia arr. for Saxophone, viola, cello and harp by Pedro Vizzarro
- Bachianas Brasileiras No 5
- Choros #2 for Flute and Clarinet
- Assobio a Jato (The Jet Whistle) for Flute and Cello (12 Minutes)
- Quartour Symbolic for Harp, Celesta, flute, et Saxophone alto in Eb with female voices
- Sexteto Mistico for Flute, Oboe, Saxophone alto in Eb, Guitar, Celesta, and Harp
General Information The Association of Dominican Classical Artists was founded in 1980 by artists and composers of Dominican descent living in New York City.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Last month's Total Immersion: Villa-Lobos concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra included performances by musicians of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Here is the Eolienne Quintet performing an excellent version of the Quintette en forme de Choros.
Monday, April 14, 2014
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
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
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
"In spite of the difficulties we experienced, Villa (so we called him) began to compose his first works, with energy, and, as he did not play the piano yet, it was I who gave the first partial performances."
Besides his excellent recordings and concerts featuring the music of Villa-Lobos and other Latin American composers, the Albuquerque-based pianist Sturm is contributing valuable source material in English for Villa-Lobos scholars. There are more interesting and useful documents here: http://fredsturm.net/villa_lobos/.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
The 17th String Quartet, the final work in one of the most important 20th Century cycles, is one of Villa-Lobos's greatest late works. Written in 1957, it was premiered by the Budapest String Quartet in Washington DC in the year of the composer's death, 1959. This excellent version of the first movement is played by the Quarteto Carlos Gomes, which seems to be a new group. The first violinist is Claudio Cruz, famous as a violin soloist and conductor.