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Podcast: The Music of Brazil Vol. 3. Villa-Lobos in full colour.

November 15, 2019

VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Concerto / Harmonica Concerto / Sexteto místico
Manuel Barrueco, José Staneck, São Paulo Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero
8.574018

This latest release in Naxos’ ongoing series The Music of Brazil features chamber works and concertos by Heitor Villa-Lobos, one of Brazil’s best known and most prolific composers. He wrote more than two thousand pieces and was a major figure in the development of classical music in Brazil. Raymond Bisha introduces a colourful programme that includes two works for chamber ensemble, in which new and daring sonic combinations enhance the composer’s seductive lyricism. Two larger-scale works provide musical contrast: the Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra, premiered by the legendary soloist Segovia, was Villa-Lobos’ last work for the instrument; and the Concerto for Harmonica explores the instrument’s full harmonic and chromatic possibilities.



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