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HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS

Villa-Lobos came to occupy a leading position in the musical life of his native Brazil, a country the varying musical traditions of which he absorbed as a young man during extensive and adventurous travel throughout the region. After a period in Paris he returned home in 1930, eventually winning official recognition and making a significant contribution to Brazilian music education.

Stage Works

Works by Villa-Lobos for the theatre range from the early opera Izath and a later work based on Lorca’s Yerma to a number of ballets, including a work based on Eugene O’Neill’s Emperor Jones.

Orchestral and Choral Music

In a prolific if uneven career as a composer, Villa-Lobos wrote a series of works under the title Bachianas brasileiras, a cycle of nine works that combine a debt to Bach and the Baroque with the spirit of Brazil. His earlier Chôros (14 in total), the title derived from the street music of Rio de Janeiro, vary in scoring from works for a single instrument to compositions for chorus and orchestra. He also wrote symphonic poems, along with concert versions of film scores such as Descobrimento do Brasil (‘Discovery of Brazil’).

Chamber Music

Chamber music by Villa-Lobos includes some of the Bachianas brasileiras, a number of string quartets and piano trios, and works that make full use of his own instrument, the cello.

Guitar Music

Villa-Lobos wrote a guitar concerto, studies and preludes that are part of standard guitar repertoire. Chôros No. 1 is also for solo guitar, and there is Suite popular brasileira, completed in 1912.

Piano Music

Piano music by Villa-Lobos includes the well-known Prole do bebê (‘Baby’s Family’) and a number of works that continue the composer’s nationalist interests.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080
Zauber der Klassischen Gitarre Naxos 8.503060
Guitarra Latina Naxos 8.505197
VILLA-LOBOS Piano Music Naxos 8.508013

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20TH CENTURY COMPOSITIONS - ORFF, C. / RACHMANINOV, S. / RAVEL, M. / REGER, M. / STRAUSS, R. / STRAVINSKY, I. / RESPIGHI, O. / PROKOFIEV, S. Capriccio
C49007
Orchestral
40 TRACKS FOR 40 YEARS - Delos' 40th Anniversary Celebration Delos
DE3440
Orchestral, Vocal
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Vocal
AMERICA'S BAND IN BLUE: Prairie Overture Altissimo
75442271012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BACH, J.S.: Flute Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035 / DEBUSSY, C.: Rapsodie / VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Fantasia (arr. for saxophone and piano) Delos
DE1007
Chamber Music
BARBER: Summer Music / CARTER: Woodwind Quintet BIS
BIS-CD-952
Chamber Music
BARRIOS MANGORE / VILLA-LOBOS / BROUWER: Guitar Music BIS
BIS-CD-340
Instrumental
Bassoon Concertos (20th Century) - VILLA-LOBOS, H. / HINDEMITH, P. / JOLIVET, A. / GUBAIDULINA, S. (S. Azzolini, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Bourgue) Capriccio
C67139
Orchestral
BIZET / SEREBRIER: Carmen Symphony and other works Naxos
8.570727
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BLAUTH, B.: Oboe Concertino / GINASTERA, A.: Pampeana No. 1 / Concerto per corde (Spiller, Hasaj) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90249
Orchestral
BRASILIANA: Three Centuries of Brazilian Music BIS
BIS-CD-1121
Instrumental
BRAZILIAN PORTRAIT: VILLA-LOBOS AND THE GUIITAR MUSIC OF BRAZIL  Naxos
8.550226
Instrumental
Cavatina - Highlights from the Guitar Collection Naxos
8.554400
Instrumental
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Artur Rubinstein (NTSC) EuroArts
3078548
Classical Concert
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 3: The Concerto Naxos Educational
8.554486-87
Concertos
ENESCU, G.: 2 Romanian Rhapsodies / Villa-Lobos, H.: Choros No. 6 (Enescu, Villa-Lobos) (1951-1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81051
Orchestral
ENESCU, G.: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / VILLA-LOBOS: O Canto do Capadocio Marco Polo
8.223298
Chamber Music
ESTEVEZ, A.: Cantata criolla, "Florentino, el que canto con el Diablo" / VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Choros No. 10, "Rasga o Coracao" (Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
DIS-80101
Orchestral
FAVOURITE GUITAR MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-233
Instrumental
Flute and Guitar Recital: Balint, Janos / Paulikovics, Pal - PIAZZOLLA, A. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / RODRIGO, J. / MACHADO, C. / SHANKAR, R. Capriccio
C10498
Chamber Music
FRANÇAIX, J.: Divertissement for Bassoon and Strings / MOZART, W.A.: Bassoon Concerto, K. 191 (Through Time) (Lopes) Solo Musica
SM211
Orchestral
GROFE, F.: Grand Canyon Suite / VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Bachianas brasileiras No. 2 / GERSHWIN, G.: Cuban Overture (American Classics, Vol. 1) (Baum) Capriccio
C10440
Orchestral
GUITAR FAVORITES Naxos
8.553999
Instrumental
GUITAR FAVOURITES Amadis
7189
Instrumental
Guitar Music from Brazil Naxos
8.557295
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Aguirre, Rafael - SOR, F. / IBERT, F. / POULENC, F. / OHANA, M. / RAUTAVAARA, E. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / CLERCH, J. / TARREGA, F. Naxos
8.572064
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Moller, Johannes - BARRIOS MANGORE, A. / CRAEYVAGNER, K.A. / REGONDI, G. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / GOUGEON, D. / BROUWER, L. Naxos
8.572715
Instrumental, Concertos
Horn Recital: Stacy, Thomas - MYERS, S. / BORODIN, A. / FIOCCO, J. / BARLOW, W. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / RODRIGO, J. / PASCULLI, A. (Plaintive Melody) Delos
DE3318
Chamber Music
KABALEVSKY, D.B.: Comedians (The) / VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Uirapuru / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 9 (New York Philharmonic Symphony, Kurtz) (1946-1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81187
Orchestral
Latin American Classics Naxos
8.550838
Orchestral
LATIN AMERICAN GUITAR CLASSICS Naxos
8.570163-64
Instrumental, Concertos
MAGIC BOXES - Meccanismi incantati (Müller) Dynamic
CDS7684
Instrumental
MARTINEZ, Ana Maria: SOPRANO SONGS AND ARIAS Naxos
8.557827
Vocal
MODERN MUSIC FOR CHOIR BIS
BIS-CD-4
Vocal
Music for Kids CD 9: Music from Planet Earth Naxos Educational
8.558022
Music Education
Music for Saxophone and Orchestra Naxos
8.557063
Concertos
MYSTERY CLASSICS - Curl up with the Classics Delos
DE1601
Orchestral
NORREFALK, Mats / SAMUELSSON, Ulf: Incontro Naxos
8.557148
Instrumental
OPERA GALA - 35th Anniversary (A Tribute to Delos Founder Amelia S. Haygood) Delos
DE3395
Orchestral
ORBON, J.: 3 Versiones sinfonicas / VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Bachianas brasileiras No. 2 / ESTEVEZ, A.: Mediodia en el Llano (Simon Bolivar Symphony, Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90179
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - BACH, J.S. / MOZART, W.A. / BRITTEN, B. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / HONEGGER, A. / ZEISL, E. / MOSZKOWSKI, M. (The Art of Fugue) (Kovacic) CD Accord
CDAccordACD168
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - NEPOMUCENO, A. / LEVY, A. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / MIGNONE, F. / LORENZO FERNANDEZ, O. (Dancas Brasileiras) (Minczuk) BIS
BIS-SACD-1430
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - VILLA-LOBOS, H. / CHAVEZ, C. / GINASTERA, A. (Latin American Ballets) (Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90211
Orchestral
PALSSON, Hans: I Doda Mastares Sallskap, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.553934
Instrumental
PALSSON, Hans: I Doda Mastares Sallskap, Vol. 5 Naxos
8.554794
Instrumental
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos
8.503204
Instrumental
PETRI, Michala / HANNIBAL, Lars: Siesta OUR Recordings
8.226900
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
Piano Recital: Corona, Claudia - ZYMAN, S. / RUIZ ARMENGOL, M. / CHAVEZ, C. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / GINASTERA, A. (Musica Latinoamericana) Naxos
8.551282
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Feilmair, Florian - BEETHOVEN, L. van / FEILMAIR, F. / LISZT, F. / RACHMANINOV, S. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. Paladino Music
PMR0001
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Morgulis, Tali - VILLA-LOBOS, H. / GINASTERA, A. / PRADO, A. / PIAZZOLLA, A. (Archipelago of Light) Delos
DE3435
Instrumental
POPULAR GUITAR MUSIC Naxos
8.571085
Instrumental
PRIMROSE: Viola Transcriptions Naxos
8.557391
Chamber Music
PUCCINI: Manon Lescaut (Albanese, Bjorling, Perlea) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111030-31
Vocal
RODRIGO / VILLA-LOBOS / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Guitar Concertos Naxos
8.550729
Concertos
SAO PAULO SAMBA (Sao Paulo Symphony, Neschling) (NTSC) EuroArts
2057348
Classical Concert
SCHUMANN / DEBUSSY / TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Music for Children BIS
BIS-CD-158
Instrumental
SEASONS (The) (Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet) BIS
BIS-2072
Chamber Music
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1946 New York and the 1949 London Recordings (The) (Segovia, Vol. 2) Naxos Historical
8.111088
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 6 (Segovia, Vol. 8) Naxos Historical
8.111314
Instrumental
SOUNDSCAPES, Vol. 2 - A Delos Digital Compact Disc Sampler Delos
DE3501
Chamber Music
SUNSET CLASSICS Capriccio
C67107-08
Orchestral
SYMPHONIC SOUND STAGE, Vol. 2 Delos
DE3504
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Bass Tuba Concerto in F Minor / FRANCAIX, J.: Quadruple Concerto / WAXMAN, F.: Athaneal (20th Century Wind Concertos) Capriccio
C10522
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: 12 Etudes / BROUWER, L.: Estudios Sencillos (Korhonen) Ondine
ODE1028-2
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Bachianas brasileiras No. 1 / GUARNIERI, C.: Danca Negra / GOMES, C.: Sonata in D Major (Brazilian Guitar Quartet) Delos
DE3245
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Bachianas brasileiras Nos. 1 and 5 / BACH, J.S.: Air / Prelude No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867 (Yale Cellos) Delos
DE3041
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Choros / Bachianas Brasileiras / Guitar Works (Complete) BIS
BIS-CD-1830-32
Chamber Music, Orchestral, Vocal, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music, Choral - Secular, Orchestral, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral, Instrumental, Choral - Secular, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Choros No. 11 (Gothoni, Finnish Radio Symphony, Oramo) Ondine
ODE916-2
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Choros No. 8 / Fantasia / Uirapuru / NOBRE, M.: Convergencias (Brazil '88 - A Brazilian Music Extravanganza) (Carvalho) Delos
DE1017
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Choros, Vol. 1 (Neschling) - Choros Nos. 5, 7, 11 BIS
BIS-CD-1440
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Choros, Vol. 3 (Neschling) - Choros Nos. 2, 3, 10, 12 / Introduction to the Choros / 2 Choros bis BIS
BIS-CD-1520
Concertos, Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Cirandas (Battista) (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80288
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Forest of the Amazon (Heller) Delos
DE1037
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Manuscripts (The) - Masterpieces and Lost Works, Vol. 1 (Bissoli) Naxos
8.573115
Concertos, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Manuscripts (The) - Masterpieces and Lost Works, Vol. 2 (Bissoli) Naxos
8.573116
Instrumental, Vocal, Concertos, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Music (Complete), Vol. 2 Ondine
ODE838-2
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Quartets (Brazilian Guitar Quartet) Delos
DE3409
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (Rubinsky) - A Prole do Bebe, No. 1 / Cirandas Naxos
8.554489
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Rubinsky) - A Prole do Bebe, No. 2 / Cirandinhas Naxos
8.554827
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 3 (Rubinsky) - Circlo Brasileiro / Choros Nos. 1, 2 and 5 Naxos
8.555286
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 4 (Rubinsky) - Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 / Children's Carnival Naxos
8.555717
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 5 (Rubinsky) - Guia pratico I-IX Naxos
8.570008
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 6 (Rubinsky) - Rudepoema / As tres Marias / Saudades das selvas brasileiras Naxos
8.557735
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 7 (Rubinsky) - Amazonas / Historias da Carochinha / Valsa Scherzo Naxos
8.570503
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 8 (Rubinsky) - Guia pratico, Books 10, 11 / Suites infantil Nos. 1, 2 / Guia pratico, Vol. 1 (excerpts) Naxos
8.570504
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Piano Trio No. 1 / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Las 4 estaciones portenas / BRUNO-VIDELA, L.: Yumba-Verwandlung (Villa-Lobos Trio) Oehms Classics
OC776
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Sexteto mistico / Duo for Oboe and Bassoon / Fantasia / Distribuicao de flores (Heyboer, Hauser, McAllister, Roth, Gibson, Rubio) Naxos
9.70127
Instrumental, Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets (Complete) (Cuarteto Latinoamericano) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-90904
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1, 6, 17 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90205
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 3, 8, 14 (Quarteto Latinoamericano) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90220
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets, Vol. 4 - Nos. 2, 12, 16 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93179
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets, Vol. 5 - Nos. 5, 10, 13 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93211
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets, Vol. 6 - Nos. 4, 9, 11 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93229
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 3, "War" and 4, "Victory" (Sao Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky) Naxos
8.573151
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 (Sao Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky) Naxos
8.573043
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphony No. 10, "Ameríndia" (Neiva, Javan, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Karabtchevsky) Naxos
8.573243
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphony No. 4, "Victoria" / Cello Concerto No. 2 / Amazonas (Diaz, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Diemecke) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90228
Orchestral, Concertos
VILLA-LOBOS: 12 Etudes / GINASTERA: Guitar Sonata Oehms Classics
OC241
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras (Complete) Naxos
8.557460-62
Chamber Music, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras Nos. 1, 4-6 BIS
BIS-CD-1410
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Vocal
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras Nos. 2-4 BIS
BIS-CD-1250
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras Nos. 7-9 BIS
BIS-CD-1400
Choral - Secular, Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Cello Sonata No. 2 / Piano Trio No. 2 Marco Polo
8.223164
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS: Chamber Music Naxos
8.557765
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS: Choros Nos. 8 and 9 Marco Polo
8.220322
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Choros Nos. 8 and 9 Naxos
8.555241
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-812
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-712
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 3 BIS
BIS-CD-912
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4 BIS
BIS-CD-1012
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS: Complete Works for Solo Guitar BIS
BIS-CD-686
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS: Discovery of Brazil, Suites Nos. 1 - 4 Marco Polo
8.223551
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Erosao / Danses Africaines / Bachianas Brasileiras First Edition
FECD-0016
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Genesis / Erosao / Amazonas Marco Polo
8.223357
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Music for Solo Guitar (Complete) Naxos
8.553987
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS: Pequena Suite / Bachianas brasileiras Nos. 2, 5 and 6 Marco Polo
8.223527
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS: Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 3 Marco Polo
8.223182
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS: Rudepoema / Dancas Marco Polo
8.223552
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 1, 8 and 13 Marco Polo
8.223389
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 11, 16 and 17 Marco Polo
8.223390
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 2 and 7 Marco Polo
8.223394
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 3, 10 and 15 Marco Polo
8.223393
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 4, 6 and 14 Marco Polo
8.223391
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartets Nos. 5, 9 and 12 Marco Polo
8.223392
Chamber Music
VILLA-LOBOS: Symphony No. 6 / Ruda Marco Polo
8.223720
Orchestral
VIOLIN MUSIC IN BRAZIL - Villa-Lobos, Krieger, Oswaldo, Miranda Dynamic
CDS354
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Laredo, Jaime - KREISLER, F. / FAURE, G. / MASSENET, J. / DVORAK, A. / SARASATE, P. (Virtuoso - A Treasury of Favorite Violin Encores) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90153
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / BRAHMS / VIOTTI / ROSSINI / STRAUSS, R. / PAGANINI / CHOPIN (Hidden Treasures) Dynamic
CDS298
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Roncaglio, Cristiane - VILLA-LOBOS, H. / SANTORO, C. / MIRANDA, R. / JOBIM, A.C. (Brazilian Sentiments) Capriccio
C5159
Vocal
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 2 (1926-1950) Naxos Historical
8.111121
Instrumental
WORLD PREMIERE COLLECTION First Edition
FECD-0032
Orchestral

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