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The present disc completes the Villa-Lobos’ Choros cycle, which consists of the 12 extant Choros (according to Villa-Lobos himself another two were completed, but the manuscripts were lost before publication), a prologue (the Introduction to the Choros, incidentally composed almost last), and the Two Choros (bis) – an ‘after-thought’ in which a violin and a cello are left to sum up the cycle
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Introduction to Choros
Introduction to the Choros
Heitor Villa-Lobos: 2 Choros bis
II. Lent - Moins - Lent
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Choros No. 2
Choros No. 2
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Choros No. 3, "Pica-Pau"
Choros No. 3, "Pica-Pau"
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Choros No. 10, "Rasga o Coracao"
Choros No. 10, "Rasga o Coracao"
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Choros No. 12
Choros No. 12
6th February 2009
“The vividness of the orchestration and the vitality of the rhythms are wonderfully conveyed by John Neschling's performances with the São Paulo Symphony, and the disc ends with a sumptuous account of the most ambitious pieces in the series, Choros No 12, which represents Villa-Lobos at his most inspiringly discursive and eclectic, as Stravinskian modernism rubs shoulders with folk-inspired melodic writing.”
“John Neschling has no equal in this repertoire… in the same piece, Villa-Lobos slides from elevated invention towards banality - Neschling makes it hang together, and the kinetic vivacity of the orchestral playing is mesmerising.”