Villa-Lobos: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7

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Villa-Lobos: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7



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3rd Sept 2012




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Villa-Lobos: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7


Symphony No. 6 'Montanhas do Brasil'

Symphony No. 7

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Isaac Karabtchevsky



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Heitor Villa-Lobos is generally acknowledged as Latin America’s foremost nationalist composer and his best known works, such as the Bachianas Brasileiras (Naxos 8557460-62), have tended to overshadow the rest of his work. Symphony No. 6, which launched his mature symphonic style, derives some of its themes from the contours of Brazilian hills and mountains, in a process devised by the composer to obtain a melody from an image by means of a graphic chart. The Symphony No. 7 is scored for a huge orchestra and is one of the composer’s most ambitious and significant statements. Both works represent the composer’s powerful desire to invent a specifically Brazilian idiom. This is the first volume of a complete cycle of the Villa-Lobos Symphonies.

Since its first concert in 1954, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra – OSESP – has paved a road of conquest, which has culminated today in being an institution recognized worldwide for its excellence. Having released more than 50 CDs, OSESP has become an inseparable part of São Paulo and Brazilian culture, promoting deep cultural and social transformations.

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphony No. 6, "On the Outline of the Mountains of Brazil"

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Lento

III. Allegretto quasi animato

IV. Allegro

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphony No. 7

I. Allegro vivace

II. Lento

III. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo

IV. Allegro preciso

Gramophone Magazine

January 2013

“Karabtchevsky and the orchestra are on home terrain...Karabtchevsky makes Villa-Lobos's zig-zagging, lopsided melodic line sound as boldly and brashly scultped as Mount Rushmore...To continue the mountain-based metaphor, Karabtchevsky's performance has a sense of ascent: you can hear the different strata, feel air blowing through the structure”

MusicWeb International

December 2012

“Karabtchevsky keeps this bustling music firmly under control at all times. It’s certainly a promising start to this cycle, even if the writing is competent rather than outstanding. No quibbles about the playing or recording though; both are splendid.”

The Guardian

20th September 2012


“The language of both works is essentially neoclassical, but the shapes of the melodies and the ways in which they are coloured are entirely Villa-Lobos's own. The SPSO make a good job of them”

The Independent

10th November 2012


“Written for a huge orchestra, his "Symphony No. 7" opens in striking fashion, the Allegro vivace grabbing the narrative and dashing forward with it to its imposing climax”

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