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Heitor Villa-Lobos, perhaps the most brilliant of all South American composers, came to occupy a leading position in the musical life of his native Brazil. His varied output includes stage-works, choral and instrumental compositions, chamber music, songs and piano music.  Well-known works include Bachianas Brasileiras and Chôros, the latter called after the traditional street-music of Rio de Janeiro. The Etudes and Preludes written by Villa-Lobos for solo guitar are a familiar part of the repertoire for that instrument.

Featured below are the composer’s most representative works, performed by such celebrated artists as guitarist Norbert Kraft, pianist Sonia Rubinsky, among others. The selection includes our new release VILLA-LOBOS: Piano Music Vol. 6 (8.557735).

"Norbert Kraft is a magnificent musician. He is as comfortable with the delicacies of Villa-Lobos's Choros as when negotiating his way with skill and grace through the technical minefield of the Preludes and Etudes. Even guitar haters should hear this." BBC Music Magazine (Christopher Wood) on 8.553987 - VILLA-LOBOS: Music for Solo Guitar (Complete)

“The strengths of Villa-Lobos lie in his simplicity and childlike music. No matter how complex and noisy the music or orchestration gets, the melodies within him never cease to flow… Rubinsky is able to readily switch modes – from virtuoso, to minstrel, to child charmer. It is this versatility of composer (and pianist) that makes such complete volumes of music – however uneven or variable – such a joy to discover and behold.” Chang Tou Liang, www.inkpot.com on 8.555717 - VILLA-LOBOS: Piano Music, Vol. 4 (Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 / Children's Carnival)



Orchestral | Chamber | Vocal

Orchestral

8.555241
VILLA-LOBOS: Choros, Nos. 8 and 9
8.223551
VILLA-LOBOS: Discovery of Brazil, Suites Nos. 1 - 4
8.557460-62
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras (Complete)
 
8.223357
VILLA-LOBOS: Genesis / Erosao / Amazonas
8.223552
VILLA-LOBOS: Rudepoema / Dancas

Chamber

8.557765
VILLA-LOBOS: Chamber Music
8.223164
VILLA-LOBOS: Cello Sonata No. 2 / Piano Trio No. 2
8.223182
VILLA-LOBOS: Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 3
8.223389
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 1, 8 and 13
 
8.223390
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 11, 16 and 17
8.223394
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 2 and 7
8.223393
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 3, 10 and 15
8.223391
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 4, 6 and 14
   

Vocal

8.553987
VILLA-LOBOS: Music for Solo Guitar (Complete)
8.554489
VILLA-LOBOS: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (A Prole do Bebe, No. 1 / Cirandas)
8.554827
VILLA-LOBOS: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (A Prole do Bebe, No. 2 / Cirandinhas)
8.555286
VILLA-LOBOS: Piano Music, Vol. 3 (Circlo Brasileiro / Choros Nos. 1, 2 and 5)
 
8.555717
VILLA-LOBOS: Piano Music, Vol. 4 (Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 / Children's Carnival)
8.570008
VILLA-LOBOS: Piano Music, Vol. 5 (Guia pratico I-IX)
8.557735
VILLA-LOBOS: Piano Music Vol. 6


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