Anyone who thinks they have the full measure of Villa-Lobos’ compositional palette will do well to refer to the two chamber works on this recording, Sextuor Mystique and Quintette Instrumental, in which new and daring sonic combinations enhance the composer’s seductive lyricism. The programme also has two concertos that feature outstanding soloists: guitarist Manuel Barrueco was hailed by American Record Guide as ‘one of the leading guitarists of his generation’; while Le Monde de la Musique considered soloist José Staneck ‘the David Oistrakh of the harmonica’. All in all, there’s never a dull moment here, either in the music’s conception or execution.
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887–1959)
Guitar Concerto 1
Harmonica Concerto 2
Sexteto Místico • Quinteto Instrumental 3
Manuel Barrueco, Guitar 1
José Staneck, Harmonica 2
OSESP Ensemble 3
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra 1,2
Giancarlo Guerrero 1,2
The concertos and chamber works on this album show Villa- Lobos’ 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.
Listen to an extract from the Harmonica Concerto:
About the Artists
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, and the the Teatro Real in Madrid. 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 the best ever recording of the work by Classic CD
Brazilian harmonica player José Staneck
has had works dedicated to him by H.J. Koellreutter, Marlos Nobre, Egberto Gismonti and Edino Krieger. He has appeared as soloist with several major orchestras, including the Brazilian and Petrobras Symphony Orchestras, the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Lima, Peru, performing works by Villa-Lobos, Radamés Gnattali and Vaughan Williams.
is the music director of the Nashville Symphony and Wrocław Philharmonic, and principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra. A champion of contemporary American music, he has presented nine world premieres with the Nashville Symphony. His GRAMMY Award-winning recordings include Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway
) and Metropolis Symphony
), Jennifer Higdon’s All Things Majestic
and Viola Concerto
), and Stephen Paulus’ Three Places of Enlightenment
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.
Cláudia Nascimento, Flute • Layla Köhler, Oboe
Douglas Braga, Alto Saxophone • Fábio Zanon, Guitar
Rogério Zaghi, Celesta • Suélem Sampaio, Harp
Adrian Petrutiu, Violin • Ederson Fernandes, Viola • Adriana Holtz, Cello
Previous releases in the Music of Brazil 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 mostly 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.
‘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.’