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Villa-Lobos was one of the most prolific of all 20th-century composers. The works on this seventh volume of the complete piano works show the multilayered nature of Villa-Lobos’s idiom, which is as exuberant as the Brazilian landscape that inspired him so often.
Amazonas, subtitled ‘Brazilian Indian ballet’, is based on indigenous themes that were embedded in the texture, and innovatively varied and transformed through sophisticated harmonic and rhythmic experiments. Even today Amazonas remains startling for its adventurous musical language.
Several of the shorter pieces on this disc exist only in manuscript, and receive here their world première recording.
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Amazonas (version for piano)
Amazonas (version for piano)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: 5 Preludes (arr. J.V. Brandao for piano)
Prelude No. 1 in E minor
Prelude No. 2 in E major
Prelude No. 3 in A minor
Prelude No. 4 in E minor
Prelude No. 5 in D major
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras No. 2, "O trenzinho do Caipira": III. Dansa, "Lembrancas do Sertao" (arr. for piano)
Bachianas brasileiras No. 2, "O trenzinho do Caipira": III. Dansa, "Lembrancas do Sertao" (arr. for piano)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Valsa Scherzo
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bailado infernal
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Feijoada sem perigo
Feijoada sem perigo
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Historias da Carochinha
I. No Palacio Encantando
II. A Cortesia do Principezinho
III. E o Pastorzinho Cantava
IV. E a Princesazinha Dancava
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Cancoes de Cordialidade
I. Feliz Aniversario
III. Feliz Natal
IV. Feliz Ano Novo
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Cortejo Nupcial
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Valsa Lenta (fragment)
Valsa Lenta (fragment)
“There are four world premiere recordings on this disc, some of them still in manuscript. Naxos's sound is exemplary, James Melo's notes more than informative and, most of all, Sonia Rubinsky's playing is a marvel of power, grace and fluency.”
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