Four years ago the seed of an enormous undertaking was planted, namely to produce a new, critical edition of the 11 extant symphonies and other orchestral works by the Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos.
The ongoing project is a partnership between Naxos, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra [Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP)] and Criadores do Brasil, the orchestra’s publishing house.
This month sees the release of the third disc in this exciting series, a recording of the Symphony No. 10, Ameríndia, the composer's largest, and a synthesis of symphony and oratorio.
Heitor Villa-Lobos was instrumental in developing a national Brazilian musical culture, writing in a wide variety of forms. Composed in 1954 for the 400th anniversary of the founding of São Paulo, Ameríndia is the composer’s largest symphony. Effectively a hybrid symphony and oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra, it is memorable for its stylistic variety and breadth, drawing on many different sources of Brazilian music. This recording is based on a newly revised edition made by Editora Criadores do Brasil (the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra’s publishing house) in collaboration with the Academia Brasileira de Música.
Watch the video trailer
Listen to an extract from Villa-Lobos' Symphony No. 10: Part 4: The Voice of the Earth and the Appearance of Father Anchieta
Born in Brazil, Isaac Karabtchevsky directed the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra for 25 years (1969-1994). He has also served as music director of La Fenice in Venice, and artistic director of both the Tonkünstler in Vienna, Brazil's Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, in France. Since 2004 he has been artistic director of the Petrobras Symphony of Rio de Janeiro. In 2011, he was appointed director of the Heliopolis Symphony, an orchestra composed of young musicians, most of them from disadvantaged communities in São Paulo.
Founded in 1954, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra [OSESP] has released more than 60 recordings, which have received critical acclaim worldwide. In 2012, Marin Alsop took up the post of principal conductor. Following concerts under her direction at the BBC Proms in London and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, OSESP was singled out by foreign critics as one of the leading orchestras on today's international music circuit.