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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