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Isaac Karabtchevsky

“Villa-Lobos’ earliest symphonies are a foray into the territory of great music, but only the preamble to the forms that would emerge later. There is a great distance between the works elaborated in the decade of 1910 and those that would come mid-century.

This month's release of Symphonies Nos. 8 (1950), 9 (1952) and 11 (1955) emphasises mature works that reflect a composer turning towards universality. There are even references to Classicism, as in the case of Symphony No. 8, which uses a theme from the first movement of Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. This reverence for the 19th century is a virtual link between Villa-Lobos and the components from which he tried to detach himself but to which, with the proximity of death, he would return with conviction.”

Isaac Karabtchevsky, conductor

VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 and 11
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887–1959)
Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 and 11

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Isaac Karabtchevsky

By the 1940s Heitor Villa-Lobos was widely recognised as Latin America’s greatest composer. Working in the United States gave him new perspectives, and his later symphonies move away from the folk influences and exotic effects of works written in the 1920s and 30s, such as the Bachianas Brasileiras, towards more concise, sometimes neo-classical, models. The Eighth and Ninth share a transparent lightness of touch while the Eleventh, described as a work of ‘immediate charm’, is the perfect introduction to the later work of Villa-Lobos.

Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 9:
I. Allegro

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About the Artist
Isaac Karabtchevsky
Born in São Paulo in 1934, Isaac Karabtchevsky studied conducting and composition in Germany under Wolfgang Fortner, Pierre Boulez and Carl Ueter. From 1969 to 1994 he led the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and between 1995 and 2001 he was musical director of the La Fenice Theatre in Venice. He has also served as artistic director of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo Municipal Theatre in Brazil, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire in France, and the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna.
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1954, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) has developed into one of today’s leading orchestras. An indispensable part of São Paulo and Brazilian culture that promotes deep cultural and social transformation, the orchestra has released over 60 recordings and has toured throughout Brazil, Latin America, the United States and Europe. In 2012 Marin Alsop was engaged as principal conductor, and in 2013 she was appointed music director. Recent engagements have included a 2016 tour of some of the most important summer music festivals in Europe.
Previous recordings in the Villa-Lobos symphony cycle with Isaac Karabtchevsky and the OSESP
Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Karabtchevsky
“This superb new Naxos recording has the advantage of the full-blooded performance by Brazil’s magnificent orchestra, the São Paulo Symphony conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky…throughout we have
[Villa-Lobos]’s vivid orchestral colors, and the result is a fascinating and rather exotic orchestral tapestry.”
  Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 6:
III. Allegretto quasi animato
Symphonies Nos. 3, "War" and
4, "Victory"

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Karabtchevsky
“These new performances present both symphonies in the best possible light, the playing the most refined these works have had on disc. …Karabtchevsky leads the way.”
  Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 4:
I. Allegro impetuoso
Symphony No. 12 / Uirapuru /

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Choir and Children’s Choir, Karabtchevsky
“Villa-Lobos’s Symphony No. 12 and the tone poem Uirapuru are beautifully played and recorded in the best issue so far in Naxos’s excellent São Paulo series.”
  Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 12:
II. Adagio
Symphony No. 10, "Amerindia",
"Sumé pater patrium"

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Karabtchevsky
“Massive, glittering and intricately coiled, Villa-Lobos’s 10th, “Ameríndia,” is an anaconda of a symphony. Commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of São Paulo in 1954… This fine recording makes the most of the drama and simmering energy of Villa-Lobos’s dense score.”
The New York Times
  Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 10:
Part V: Glory in Heavens, and Peace on Earth!

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