New colours, daring sonorities:
The Villa-Lobos palette

8.574018 | 747313401871
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The concertos and chamber works on this album show Villa-Lobos’s unceasing enthusiasm for new colours and sonorities in his music. The Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra was his last work for the instrument and written for Segovia. A cornerstone of the repertoire, it contains soaring melodies and rhythmic vitality couched in virtuosic writing. Exploring the instrument’s full harmonic and chromatic possibilities, the Concerto for Harmonica is also deftly orchestrated. New and daring sonic combinations are to be heard in the two chamber works demonstrating the composer’s extraordinary gift for seductive lyricism.
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About the Series

Music of Brazil Ministry of Foreign Affairs Brazil

The series The Music of Brazil is part of the project Brasil em Concerto, developed by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to promote music by Brazilian composers dating back to the 18th century. Around 100 orchestral works from the 19th and 20th centuries will be recorded by the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra, the Goiás Philharmonic Orchestra and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Further recordings of chamber and vocal music will gradually be added to this collection.

Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Goiás Philharmonic Orchestra

The works were selected according to their historical importance for Brazilian music and the existence of recordings. Most of the works recorded for the series have never had recordings available outside Brazil; many others will have their world premiere recordings. An important part of the project is the preparation of new or even first editions of the works to be recorded, many of which, despite their relevance, have only been available in the composer’s manuscript. This work will be carried out by the Brazilian Academy of Music and by musicologists working together with the orchestras.

Artists

Manuel Barrueco | © Stephen Spartana
Manuel Barrueco, Guitar

Manuel Barrueco, Guitar

Cuban guitarist Manuel Barrueco has performed in major concert halls such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Palau de la Música in Barcelona. He is a resident artist at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico and the University of Alicante in Spain. His recording of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Philharmonia Orchestra was voted as the best ever recording of the work by Classic CD magazine.
José Staneck | © Marcelo Rodolfo
José Staneck, Harmonica

José Staneck, Harmonica

Brazilian harmonica player José Staneck has had pieces dedicated to him by H.J. Koellreutter, Marlos Nobre, Egberto Gismonti and Edino Krieger. He has appeared as a soloist with several major orchestras such as the Brazilian and Petrobras Symphony Orchestras, the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, the National Symphony Orchestra of Lima, Peru, and I Musici de Montréal, performing works by Villa-Lobos, Radamés Gnattali and Vaughan Williams.
Giancarlo Guerrero | © Ma2la
Giancarlo Guerrero, Conductor

Giancarlo Guerrero, Conductor

Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero is the music director of the Nashville Symphony and Wrocław Philharmonic, and principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has championed contemporary American music through commissions and recordings, presenting nine world premieres with the Nashville Symphony. Recent Naxos releases include John Harbison’s Requiem (8.559841) and Jonathan Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4 (8.559809). His GRAMMY Award-winning recordings include Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway (8.559798) and Metropolis Symphony (8.559635), Jennifer Higdon’s All Things Majestic and Viola Concerto (8.559823), and Stephen Paulus’ Three Places of Enlightenment (8.559740).
OSESP Ensemble | © Mariana Garcia
OSESP Ensemble
OSESP Ensemble | Clockwise from bottom left: Cláudia Nascimento, Adrian Petrutiu, Suélem Sampaio, Ederson Fernandes, Adriana Holtz | © Mariana Garcia Clockwise from bottom left: Cláudia Nascimento, Layla Köhler, Douglas Braga, Suélem Sampaio, Rogério Zaghi, Fábio Zanon

OSESP Ensemble

Cláudia Nascimento, Flute • Layla Köhler, Oboe

Douglas Braga, Alto Saxophone • Fábio Zanon, Guitar

Rogério Zaghi, Celesta • Suélem Sampaio, Harp

Adrian Petrutiu, Violin • Horácio Schaefer, Viola • Adriana Holtz, Cello
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) | © Alessandra Fratus
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP)

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP)

Since its first concert in 1954, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo/OSESP) has become an inseparable part of São Paulo and Brazilian culture, promoting deep cultural and social transformation. The orchestra has released over 80 recordings, and its concerts are regularly broadcast on nationwide television and radio, as well as the internet. In 2012 Marin Alsop became principal conductor, and in 2013 was appointed music director. For Naxos, the OSESP has recorded the complete symphonies by Prokofiev (with Alsop) and Villa-Lobos (with Isaac Karabtchevsky).

Previous releases in the ‘Music of Brazil’ series

8.574067
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FEB 2019

Alberto Nepomuceno was a herald of Brazilian musical nationalism. He was one of the first composers in his country to employ elements of folklore in his compositions, he encouraged younger composers such as Villa-Lobos, and his music was conducted by Richard Strauss. The Prelude to O Garatuja, an incomplete opera, is one of his best-known works and an example of a truly Brazilian lyric comedy. Série Brasileira is a vivacious suite that employs maxixe rhythms and ends with the feverish batuque dance, while the Symphony in G minor is one of the earliest such examples by a Brazilian, a heroic and lyric structure revealing the influence of Brahms.

‘The entire programme is played with panache by the Minas Gerais Philharmonic… If subsequent volumes maintain the high standards heard here, we have a lot to look forward to. Urgently recommended.’Gramophone

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8.574118
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SEP 2019

Leopoldo Miguez and Glauco Velásquez were both leading figures in Brazil’s classical music scene at the turn of the 20th century, bringing back influences from Europe to a homeland in a state of enormous social upheaval. The lyrical character of Miguez’s ambitious Violin Sonata, Op. 14 is developed in a far more sophisticated and contrapuntal manner to anything previously experienced in Brazil, while Velásquez’s two sonatas are even richer in nuance. The tropical Romanticism of these three works marked an important change in Brazil’s chamber music, from pieces intended largely for domestic use to works equal to the noble expression of its new Republic.

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8.573923
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‘Rubinsky steadily traversed
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The Buffalo News ★★★★
8.503289
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‘A fascinating release... This is a valuable release and belongs in the collection of any who likes Villa-Lobos.’
American Record Guide on Vol. 1