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The recordings by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra of works by Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri and other Brazilian composers have demonstrated the variety of their national music and the multi-faceted nature of Brazilian dance.
Alexandre Levy’s Samba and Alberto Nepomuceno’s Batuque are early examples of a Brazilian art music which draws heavily on the dance rhythms of popular music.
Notable latter-day examples are Antônio ‘Tom’ Jobim with his Chegada dos Candangos from 1960 and Edino Krieger’s Passacaglia for the New Millennium.
Roberto Minczuk has previously led the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in acclaimed performances of Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras on BIS (BISCD1830/32), and here returns with this colourful collection of dances for symphony orchestra.
Alberto Nepomuceno: O Garatuja
Alberto Nepomuceno: Serie brasileira
Serie brasileira: IV. Batuque
Alexandre Levy: Suite Bresilienne
Suite Bresilienne: IV. Samba
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Danca frenetica
Francisco Mignone: Congada
Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez: Reisado do pastoreio
Reisado do pastoreio: III. Batuque
Camargo Guarnieri: Dansa selvagem
Camargo Guarnieri: Dansa negra (version for orchestra)
Dansa negra (version for orchestra)
Camargo Guarnieri: Dansa brasileira
Edino Krieger: Passacalha para o Novo Milenio
Passacalha para o Novo Milenio
Antonio Carlos Jobim: A Chegada dos Candangos
A Chegada dos Candangos
Cesar Guerra-Peixe: Mourao
“The quality is first-rate, a tribute to the musical and expressive gains Minczuk can achieve when an orchestra is with him...The real find of the disc for me was Edino Krieger's Passacalha para o Novo Milenio, a finely crafted score that slows the pace of the disc down nicely before the final pair of works...this is a winning and hugely entertaining disc. Enjoy!”