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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphonies

Album Summary

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 1, for orchestra, "O Imprevisto", A. 114 (Op. 112)
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 11, for orchestra, A. 527
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 2, for orchestra, "Ascensao", A. 132 (Op. 160)
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : New York Skyline Melody, W 408
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 3, for orchestra & brass, "A Guerra", A. 152
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 9, for orchestra, A. 510
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Overture de l'Homme Tel
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 4, for orchestra & brass, "A Vitoria", A. 153
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 12, for orchestra, A. 539
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 6, for orchestra, "Sobre a linha das montahnas do Brasil", A. 447
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 8, for orchestra, A. 499
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Suite para quinteto dupio de cordas (3), for double string quintet (or string orchestra), A. 054
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 7, for orchestra, A. 458
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Sinfonietta no 1 (Em memoria de Mozart), for orchestra, A. 115
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 10, for orchestra (Sinfonia amerindia), for 3 soloists, chorus & orchestra, A. 511
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Notes & Reviews:

Heitor Villa-Lobos is without a doubt Brazil's most famous composer and one of the great creative personalities of the twentieth century. His oeuvre is gigantic in its dimensions can be compared only to that of Darius Milhaud, who, by the way, was a close friend of his. In any case, Villa-Lobos was the first to introduce the music of Latin America to the world's concert halls, and influences from this music do indeed abound in his oeuvre. CPO is now presenting the first complete recording of his colossal symphonic work in a boxed set of seven CDs at a special low price! The SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra under the American star conductor Carl St. Clair has taken on this enormous task, and the result can only be described as a bravura achievement. You can look forward to an orchestral tour de force operating on the highest level!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (1997-2000).



Reviews

Really interesting orchestral music at a great price
The Complete Villa-Lobos Symphonies were recorded in 1997-2000 by Carl St. Clair and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR.  This ground-breaking set included world recording premieres of Symphonies 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 11, & 12.  Not that there are that many recordings of the others, though - none of the Symphonies is as well-known as works in the great Bachianas Brasileiras or Choros series. But I would place all 11 of these recordings (the score to #5 is lost) at the top, or close to the top, of those available.  Unlike his other two series, though, Villa-Lobos's Symphonic cycle doesn't represent his best work.  It's easy to find fault with many of these works, but Villa-Lobos learned to write impressive music for large orchestras early in his career, and was highly praised over the years for his imaginative and colourful orchestration, if not for his grasp of large-scale musical architecture. Each time I listen to these still-unfamiliar works I find something new and interesting, and I'm starting to really appreciate particular symphonies. The neo-classical no. 8 and the uncharacteristically well-structured no. 4 are becoming favourites. Another stand-out is #10, written for the 400th Anniversary of the City of Sao Paulo, and based in part on the writings of the 16th century missionary Jose de Anchieta. This Symphony has significant rivals - Gisele Ben-Dor's version with the Santa Barbara Symphony on Koch, and Victor Pablo Perez's with the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife on Harmonia Mundi - but any perceived slight advantage from another version won't reduce the value of this cpo set. The Tenth Symphony has the same pull-out-all-the-stops feeling of the great Choros #10, which many commentators (and I) believe is Villa's greatest work. The missing fifth star isn't the fault of the admirable St. Clair, the Stuttgart musicians, or the cpo engineers. The music isn't top-drawer Villa-Lobos but it's always really interesting because it always sounds like Villa-Lobos. It's a golden age for beginning a Villa-Lobos music collection. The cpo Symphonies and superb complete sets of the Choros, Bachianas Brasileiras, String Quartets, and Works for Piano provide a big chunk of Villa-Lobos's legendarily large output at a pretty reasonable total cost. It couldn't happen to a more deserving composer!
Submitted on 01/22/10 by Dean Frey 
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Works Details

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 1, for orchestra, "O Imprevisto", A. 114 (Op. 112)
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (09/15/1997-09/19/1997)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1916

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 11, for orchestra, A. 527
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (09/15/1997-09/19/1997)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1955

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 2, for orchestra, "Ascensao", A. 132 (Op. 160)
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (02/16/1998-02/19/1998)
  • Running Time: 50 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : New York Skyline Melody, W 408
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (02/16/1998-02/19/1998)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 3, for orchestra & brass, "A Guerra", A. 152
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (03/19/1998-03/20/1998)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 9, for orchestra, A. 510
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (07/08/1999-07/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Overture de l'Homme Tel
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (04/17/2000-04/18/2000)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 4, for orchestra & brass, "A Vitória", A. 153
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (07/21/1997-07/25/1997)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 12, for orchestra, A. 539
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (07/21/1997-07/25/1997)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 6, for orchestra, "Sobre a linha das montahnas do Brasil", A. 447
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (02/17/1997-02/21/1997)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1944

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 8, for orchestra, A. 499
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (02/17/1997-02/21/1997)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1950

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Suite para quinteto dupio de cordas (3), for double string quintet (or string orchestra), A. 054
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Running Time: 17 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 7, for orchestra, A. 458
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (09/03/1998/09/07/1998)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Sinfonietta no 1 (Em memória de Mozart), for orchestra, A. 115
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (04/17/2000/04/18/2000)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 10, for orchestra (Sinfonia ameríndia), for 3 soloists, chorus & orchestra, A. 511
  • Performers: Henryk Böhm (Baritone); Jurgen Linn (Bass Baritone); Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Notes: Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (11/29/1999-12/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 72 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1952