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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, March 2016

This is the third volume of Bissoli’s Villa-Lobos restoration project—neglected works, original versions, and newly discovered music.

The folksong arrangements are simple and charming.

O papagaio do moleque is a 15-minute tone poem…if you like [Villa-Lobos’s] orchestral works, you’ll enjoy this.

If you’re looking for the original version of the études, this may be your best opportunity. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Paul Fowles
Classical Guitar Magazine, January 2016

Bissoli’s inspired revisiting of the Études, together with a charming sequence of sound bite folk settings from Guia Prático (1932) and a newly minted arrangement of Tarantella (1911), which Bissoli persuasively argues was written “guitar in hand,” provides compelling evidence that the Villa-Lobos well is far from dry. © 2016 Classical Guitar Magazine Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, September 2015

Anyone with a liking or even just a curiosity about Villa-Lobos in his early- to mid-period will find this a very enjoyable go-round. Bissoli gives us finely nuanced guitar renditions that all who dwell in the land of six strings will appreciate, too.

A good listen! © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review




James Manheim
AllMusic.com, August 2015

The title The Guitar Manuscripts Vol. 3 might seem to consign this Naxos release to specialist territory, but in fact it has features of interest to anyone with the slightest liking for Villa-Lobos…the Fourteen Folksong Arrangements from Guia prático were intended for children. They were not guitar pieces, either; Villa-Lobos suggested various instrumental accompaniments, but the one here is the work of guitarist Andrea Bissoli. These virtually unknown pieces are exquisite chamber arrangements, absolutely charming, and unlike anything anyone else has done with children’s music before…Bissoli also delivers strong performances of the 12 Études, the best-known work on the album, playing a guitar similar to one owned by the work’s dedicatee, Andrés Segovia. A rousing tarantella opens the program. The engineering, from a couple of Italian venues, is very strong, with no extraneous guitar noise. Strongly recommended. © 2015 AllMusic.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2015

‘Guitar Manuscripts: Masterpieces and Lost Works’ is Naxos’s third and final volume of music by the Twentieth century Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Though coming from that part of the world linked with the guitar, Villa-Lobos had little interest in composing for the instrument until he met with the legendary guitarist, Andrés Segovia, by which time he was already thirty-seven. That evening in Paris, when both played the instrument, sparked a request from Segovia for works for him to perform, the result including the twelve Etudes completed in 1928, but unpublished until 1953. It is an extended work—some 40 minutes in length—and technically demanding, though for the listener they are pleasing diversions that end with a study of outgoing brilliance in a mood of joyous celebration. By 1932 Villa-Lobos had become the head of musical education in Rio de Janeiro, one of his contributions being the anthology of fourteen folksongs entitled Guia prático (Practical Guide) for voice and piano or instrumental group. Here the soloist, Andrea Bissoli, has arranged it for guitar and small ensemble, the flute sharing the primary solo role. Charming, but mainly intended for children. Finally an orchestral work, O papagaio do moleque (The little boy’s kite), a rather sad story of the boy’s kite being attacked by the kites of other boys, he eventually loosing his kite when the connecting string is broken. Bissoli is an outstanding guitar exponent who is unfazed by Villa-Lobos’s demands… © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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