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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphony No. 10 "Ameríndia" / Leonardo Neiva, baritone; Saulo Javan, bass. Sao Paul SO & Chorus, Karabtchevsky

Album Summary

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 10, for orchestra (Sinfonia amerindia), for 3 soloists, chorus & orchestra, A. 511
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
[Karabtchevsky's] feel for Villa-Lobos's idiom, orchestral sound and expressive world is near unmatched...This new Tenth is the most convincing account yet, caught splendidly by Naxos in fine sound. Recommended with enthusiasm to all those interested in Villa-Lobos - and those who aren't.

Volume 3 of this highly-acclaimed cycle of the complete Villa-Lobos Symphonies. The mammoth choral Symphony No. 10, 'Ameríndia' was written for the 400th anniversary of São Paulo, in 1954, and is the composer's largest symphony, drawing on many different sources of Brazilian music.

The Guardian, 4th December 2014
The score has its moments, particularly when the sheer exuberance of the writing and the almost naive delight in its orchestral and choral effects exert their own charm. Isaac Karabtchevsky does a good jobin keeping everything shapely and well balanced.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This time Karabtchevsky tackles the Tenth Symphony (Amerindia). As I noted in my review of the Victor Pablo Perez recording on Harmonia Mundi (March/April 2004), the Tenth is more of an oratorio than a symphony - what the composer called an "allegorical, historical, and religious account of the city of Sao Paolo". It combines influences of native singing and music from Portuguese settlers, and texts of the indigenous population with the Latin of missionaries. Where the composer's other symphonies are vigorous and neoclassical, the Tenth is a dramatic and romantic work with operatic and cinematic overtones. That makes it a better fit for Karabtchevsky's approach. His pleasant, warm reading is easy to listen to, the best so far in his series. Karabtchevsky is more coherent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (02/02/2013-02/16/2013).


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>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 10, for orchestra (Sinfonia ameríndia), for 3 soloists, chorus & orchestra, A. 511
  • Conductor: Isaac Karabtchevsky
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (02/02/2013-02/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 60 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1952