Villa-Lobos: Floresta do Amazonas, W 551

BIS: BISSACD1660

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Villa-Lobos: Floresta do Amazonas, W 551

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BISSACD1660
(BIS-SACD-1660)

Discs:

1

Release date:

26th July 2010

Barcode:

7318599916606

Length:

78 minutes

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SACD (download also available)

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Hybrid Multi-channel
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Villa-Lobos: Floresta do Amazonas, W 551


Anna Korondi (soprano)

Male voices of the Choir of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra & São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, John Neschling

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The subject of the Amazonian forests surfaces in a number of works throughout Villa – Lobos’s output. In Floresta do Amazonas, one of his very last works, Villa-Lobos again focused explicitly on the rain forest, the creatures that live in it, and the myths that have been woven around it. The work has been described as a symphonic poem for soprano, male-voice choir and large orchestra, The songs, Melodia Sentimental in particular, have also become popular as separate concert items. The suite's twenty-three movements have rousing titles such as ‘Forest Fire', ‘Head Hunters' and ‘Dance of the Indians', but also include numbers such as ‘Lullaby' and ‘Twilight'.

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Floresta do Amazonas

Overture

A Floresta (The Forest)

Danca dos Indios (Dance of the Indians)

Em Plena Floresta (In the Depths of the Forest)

Passaro da Floresta - Canto I (Bird of the Forest - First Song)

Danca da Natureza (Nature's Dance)

Passaro da Floresta - Canto II (Bird of the Forest - Second Song)

Canto na Floresta I (Song in the Forest I)

Conspiracao e Danca Guerreira (Conspiracy and War Dance)

Veleiros (Sailing Ships)

Em Caminhos para a Cacada (On the way to the Hunt)

Passaro da Floresta - Canto III (Bird of the Forest - Third Song)

Cair da Tarde (Twilight)

Os Indios em Busca da Moca (The Indians in Search of the Girl)

Passaro da Floresta - Canto IV (Bird of the Forest - Fourth Song)

Danca Guerreira - repeticao (War Dance - repeat)

Interludio e Acalanto (Interlude and Lullaby)

Canto na Floresta II (Song in the Forest II)

Cacadores de Cabeca (Head Hunters)

Cancao do Amor (Love Song)

Melodia Sentimental (Sentimental Melody)

O Fogo na Floresta (Forest Fire)

Epilogue

The Guardian

19th August 2010

****

“It's a typical Villa-Lobos patchwork, including a male chorus chanting in an Amazonian language, extravagant vocalise for the soprano solo and lushly romantic textures straight out of Hollywood...this recording...reveals the score in all its rambling magnificence.”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2010

“The music is, of course, wilful, fluid, entirely unpredictable, with moments of extreme violence and tremendous beauty...The orchestration is variegated, by turns dense and transparent, lush and spare. Hungarian soprano Anna Korondi is excellent and her Portugese perfectly acceptable...Very warmly recommended.”

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