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VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Manuscripts (Complete) (Bissoli, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Mechetti) (3-CD box set)


Naxos 8.503289

   Amadeus (Italy), September 2018
   dotGuitar.it, July 2017
   www.gamer.com.tw, May 2017
   Fanfare, May 2017
   Minor 7th, May 2017
   Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2017
   Musica, March 2017
   Classic Voice, March 2017
   Soundboard Magazine, March 2017
   Radio France, February 2017
   Gitarre und Laute, January 2017
   BBC Music Magazine, January 2017
   Classical Guitar, December 2016
   Diapason, December 2016
   Seicorde, December 2016
   ILAMS – The Iberian and Latin American Music Society, December 2016
   Cd Classico, November 2016
   David's Review Corner, November 2016

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Marco Riboni
Amadeus (Italy), September 2018

There emerges a previously unseen, almost magical picture of the Brazilian master which displays a vastness of artistic horizons, a poetic inspiration and a creative power we perhaps were not fully aware of before. Hearty congratulations to Andrea Bissoli, not only on his technical and interpretative qualities, of absolute excellence, but also on the effort and painstaking patience in discovering all these works as well as in bringing together a large number of passionate professionals (from choir, orchestra and various ensembles), all of them justly convinced of the merit of such an elaborate and extremely valuable project. This is a splendid example of what we should expect from an important, musically-literate programme. © 2018 Amadeus (Italy)



Piero Viti
dotGuitar.it, July 2017

Andrea Bissoli deserves particular praise for approaching highly demanding pages—both from an instrumental and a musical point of view—with great aplomb and a perfectly fitting style. © 2017 dotGuitar.it



Yau
www.gamer.com.tw, May 2017

Although I have collected several CDs featuring Villa-Lobos’s works for solo guitar, and his Guitar Concerto, Andrea Bissoli’s compilation and the research behind it have made me see Villa-Lobos’s works for guitar in a different light, and I would go so far as to say that Andrea Bissoli could be the best interpreter of Villa-Lobos’s guitar works. © 2017 www.gamer.com.tw



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, May 2017

Bissoli’s musicological research would be only of academic interest if his performances were cautious or dull. Happily, they are anything but. He is a brilliant guitarist, and plays with vitality and élan, equally determined to recreate the fire of the composer’s inspiration as he is to unearth forgotten works.

The Minas Gerais Philharmonic under its founding conductor Fabio Mechetti gives nuanced and enjoyably mellow performances of the orchestral works that are interspersed throughout these programs. The two soprano soloists shine and provide a neat timbral contrast. Lia Serafini’s warm, rich sound is beautifully captured with plenty of space around it, while Gabriella Pace, whose soprano is lighter, brings understanding and passionate expression to the luscious Canção do Amor. (Both sopranos sing this song; Pace gets an orchestral backing, whereas Serafini is accompanied by guitar.) As you would expect, Bissoli’s notes are well researched, and are packed with fascinating anecdotes, notably those concerning Villa-Lobos’s professional and personal relationship with Segovia. With transparent, warm sound to top it off, this three-volume release proves to be a great success. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Alan Fark
Minor 7th, May 2017

Villa-Lobos’ prolific nature is epitomized in this Naxos 2016 3-CD collection of his guitar compositions, The Complete Guitar Manuscripts, lovingly collated, researched and performed by Italian guitarist Andrea Bissoli.

As Bissoli explains in his excellent liner notes to this collection, many Villa-Lobos scores are “lost” (the 6th Prelude being one example)…Bissoli seems to have made it his life’s work to locate and record as many of these lost, obscure or otherwise forgotten pieces as possible. On this collection, Bissoli interprets five world premiere recordings of Villa-Lobos manuscripts, including fourteen folksong arrangements from Guia Prático. Bissoli also offers a completion of the unfinished rediscovered manuscript of “Valsa Concerto No. 2,” and his own transcription of “Dime Perché,” perhaps one of Villa-Lobos’ earliest works from 1901 for piano. Characteristic of his iconoclastic personality, Villa-Lobos responded to a commission to write a Hollywood score for the film Green Mansions in 1959, but he was unhappy with the final film version. The score was edited into a cantata, “Forest of the Amazon,” and two of its voice and guitar numbers appear on this collection. Despite Bissoli’s passion to unearth the more obscure Villa-Lobos annals, it’s his amazing interpretations of Villa-Lobos’ grand, recognizable and booming musical declarations on these discs that I find most pleasing to the ear: the Guitar Concerto commissioned by Segovia and performed with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra, Introducão aos Choros, and Choros No. 1. © 2017 Minor 7th Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2017

…this is a very rewarding anthology of works for those new to Villa-Lobos as well as the seasoned listener. Andrea Bissoli and his collaborators give us a stirring view of the considered yet spirited music of the master. There is enough here that is new or re-arranged to supply anyone interested and following the composer’s output with a fresh take.

Highly recommended! © 2017 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review




Roberto Brusotti
Musica, March 2017

The young guitarist shows he has internalised deeply the peculiarity of Villa-Lobos’s language and aesthetic, translating them into an intense phrasing, full of nuance. © 2017 Musica



Carlo Fiore
Classic Voice, March 2017

Bissoli has established himself as a mature and solid musician. © 2017 Classic Voice



Al Kunze
Soundboard Magazine, March 2017

Here is the short answer: if you love the guitar and Villa-Lobos, you need to get this invaluable set. You can stop reading now if you want; the longer version is a bit more complicated. There are works here in world-premiere recordings, which recommend themselves by their uniqueness. And there are rarely recorded works brought together here in a handy and well priced set. For all or most listeners, there will be felicitous discoveries of works that you did not know existed or had only heard of. And Andrea Bissoli is a fine player for whom this collection has obviously been a multiyear labor of love, also involving completing, elaborating, and transcribing pieces. © 2017 Soundboard Magazine



Rudolphe Bruneau-Boulmier
Radio France, February 2017

And so, here is Andrea Bissoli’s grand project! © 2017 Radio France




Peter Päffgen
Gitarre und Laute, January 2017

…a good three hours of the most challenging music… © 2017 Gitarre und Laute



BBC Music Magazine, January 2017

Recorded over the last three years, Naxos’s Villa-Lobos: Complete Guitar Manuscripts (8.503289) gives a fascinating insight into the Brazilian composer’s music for the instrument. The best-known work in the set is the 1955 Concerto, but the Italian virtuoso Andrea Bissoli also introduces us to rarities aplenty. © 2017 BBC Music Magazine



Blair Jackson
Classical Guitar, December 2016

Splendid recording and energetic playing throughout; several world premieres. © 2016 Classical Guitar



Emile Huvé
Diapason, December 2016

Andrea Bissoli devoted himself to an immense work of research, transcription (Dime perché, Tarantela, Motivos Gregos, fourteen children’s songs from Guia prático) and completion (Valsa Concerto n° 2). Following a quest for authenticity, he returned to manuscripts previously unavailable.

This anthology lets us encompass, through the view of a guitarist, the heterogeneity of Villa-Lobos’s œuvre, particularly enhanced in Volume 3, which juxtaposes the virtuoso Études, children’s songs and a symphonic episode. © 2016 Diapason




Ermanno Brignolo
Seicorde, December 2016

Bissoli surrounded himself with first-rate collaborators and has given life to a work that sparkles with excellence from every angle. Hats off! © 2016 Seicorde



Ray Picot
ILAMS – The Iberian and Latin American Music Society, December 2016

The project is the brainchild of the exceptionally-talented Italian guitarist Andrea Bissoli, who presents us with what is described as rare and recently discovered works for guitar, solo, accompanied, and ‘inspired-by’.

Bissoli, who has made Villa-Lobos something of a speciality, is the lead interpreter in this series, and is excellent throughout, having a very natural approach to these works. This project in all its variety is a success, with excellent all-round contributions from all the musicians in very well balanced recordings. © 2016 ILAMS – The Iberian and Latin American Music Society




Angelo Formenti
Cd Classico, November 2016

The recordings confirm Bissoli as one of the leading interpreters of Villa-Lobos. © 2016 Cd Classico



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2016

Over the three years beginning in 2013, Naxos have each year issued an instalment in the complete guitar manuscripts of Heitor Villa-Lobos, some thought to be lost. As I wrote at the time of issue, he was not intrinsically a guitar composer, and in his vast output of scores, those for the instrument are quite few in number and can be comfortably contained within three CDs. Indeed in the lead-up to this release, a number of scores that were thought to be lost has magically resurfaced. Yet with the affectionate relationship between the instrument and South Americans, it seems strange to relate that he was already thirty-seven when a meeting with the legendary guitarist, Andrés Segovia, awakened him to the potential of composing for the instrument. That evening in Paris resulted in a request from Segovia for works for him to perform, the twelve Etudes completed in 1928 being one of the early results, and it was to continue through to the Guitar Concerto composed towards the end of his life. It is here given a sparkling performance from Andrea Bissoli, the creator of this whole project, and Brazil’s Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra then add almost half of the second disc in a colourful performance of the Choros No. 6. There are a number of chamber music pieces, including the composer’s guitar and voice arrangement of the popular Fifth of the Bachianas Brasileiras, much of the remaining space taken by solo guitar works, the Etudes occupying some 40 minutes. They are technically demanding, and end with an outgoing display of brilliance that is the perfect vehicle to demonstrate Bissoli’s clean-cut playing. The three disc set has prompted a welcome return to the discs I reviewed when they were released, though hearing all three in succession has brought an added admiration for the music, the sound always of a pleasing quality. They come as individual discs in standard jewel cases, the three contained in a cardboard slip-case, and are at a reduced Naxos budget price. Recommended. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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