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ACCLAIM FOR VILLA-LOBOS’ BACHIANAS BRASILEIRAS ON NAXOS
Recording features Kenneth Schermerhorn and Nashville Symphony

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959): Bachianas Brasileiras (Complete)

Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Schermerhorn / Andrew Mogrelia

Rosana Lamosa (soprano), José Feghali (piano)

8.557460-62

On November 15th, Naxos released a 3-CD set of all nine of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras performed by the Nashville Symphony under the leadership of Kenneth Schermerhorn, who passed away earlier this year.  Here’s what critics have been saying:

“A terrific contribution to the world of classical recording . . . (Schermerhorn) left a wonderful final legacy.” --Jeff Simon, Buffalo News

“These performances--the only complete, modern set, not to mention at a bargain price--bring out all of the delicacies in the music.  A real find.” --Robert Levine, Amazon.com

“A fitting tribute to Schermerhorn.” --Guy Rickards, The Gramophone

“The performances, conducted by the late Kenneth Schermerhorn, are terrific.” --Tim Ashley, The Guardian (UK)

KENNETH SCHERMERHORN AND THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY ON NAXOS

KING FM (Seattle, WA)
Classical CD Pick of the Week, December 19th-23rd


The single greatest virtue in Schermerhorn's work, for me, is orchestral tone that is never self-indulgent, but is rich and elegant as chocolate mousse . . . When the Nashville Symphony's noisemakers get rolling in the livelier dance movements, surely no listener will be able to sit still. -- David Mead, Austin (Texas) American-Statesman

Fine performances . . . The late Kenneth Schermerhorn . . . has left a worthy final undertaking. -- Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

We have long needed a good modern recording of the complete Bachianas Brasileiras, and this set fills the bill nicely . . . all credit goes to Naxos, Schermerhorn, the orchestra, and conductor Andrew Mogrelia (in No. 1) for giving us a wonderful new cycle of this richly rewarding and vibrant music at a price that everyone can afford. -- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Although other recordings remain available, Bachianas Brasileiras (Naxos) is a welcome, budget-priced luxury, grouping these nine pieces, scored mainly for orchestra as well as soprano and cello ensemble, into a convenient, well-recorded three-disc set. --Chris DeLaurenti, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

(These performances) capture the music's vivacious spirit in a convincing manner. --John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Budget-priced and awfully good and the music is magnificent—important is not too strong a word. --Jeff Simon, Buffalo News

MORTON GOULD: Fall River Legend; “Jekyll and Hyde” Variations
Release Date: November 15 th, 2005 

8.559245

AMY BEACH: Piano Concerto; “Gaelic” Symphony

8.559139

BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis 

8.557060

BERNSTEIN: West Side Story 

8.559126

CARTER: Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 1; “Holiday” Overture 

8.559151

CHADWICK: Thalia; Melpomene; Euterpe 

8.559117

HANSON: Symphony No. 1 “Nordic”; Merry Mount Suite 

8.559072

IVES: Symphony No. 2; “Robert Browning” Overture 

8.559076










 
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