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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphony 12; Uirapuru; Mandu-Çarará / Sao Paulo SO Choir & Children's Choir and Sao Paulo SO, Karabtchevsky

Album Summary

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Uirapurú, symphonic poem & ballet for orchestra (The Enchanted Bird), A. 133
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 12, for orchestra, A. 539
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Mandu çarará, secular cantata for children's chorus & orchestra, A. 417
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Volume 4 of the acclaimed cycle of the complete Villa-Lobos Symphonies features his 12th and last. Also includes the little-known secular cantata Mandu-Çarará.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Karabtchevsky comes up a winner in both works. His expansive style is effective in Mandu- Carara, and his reading is even better than in the Tenth Symphony. Good thing, because Mandu is an exciting work, and this is the only recording I know of it. Karabtchevsky has some competition in Uirapuru. Eleazar de Carvalho takes his time to produce a lyrical reading with depth and atmosphere (Nov/Dec 1990), but Karabtchevsky moves along a little better. Slightly less good is Mata, who is faster yet, but also lighter; and his orchestra is slightly thinner. Stokowski is bold, dramatic, and brash, with audacious Everest sound. It's hard to resist for the usual Stokowski reasons (Jan/Feb 1996). I have not heard the Jan Wagner, but the Editor thinks highly of it, particularly the sound (July/Aug 2003). Of the ones I know, it's Karabtchevsky and then De Carvalho, with Stokowski a rousing supplement.

As a final thought, the Naxos sound seems better for these two works then it was for the symphonies. This newcomer is worth having for Mandu-Carara and Uirapuru, even if you have other readings of the latter. At least, the Naxos price is right. Zanon's notes are thorough and excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil.



Reviews

"The King of Love"
The bird as talisman has always figured prominently in the arts notably so in music: Swan Lake, The Firebird, The Song of the Nightingale, The White Peacock, The Lark Ascending and Uirapuru, the opening track on this new release. As you might expect, the subject matter centers on the mystical, transformative and restorative powers ascribed to this wondrous creature. Initially rejected by the celebrated Diaghilev as a suitable ballet vehicle, Uirapuru is, in essence, a vivid 19 minute tone poem awash in color and indigenous rhythms. The exotic instrumentation and extended harmonic palette create an otherworldly atmosphere. This recording of the complete score by Maestro Karabtchevsky and the Sao Paulo SO is quite good. Still, despite a minor cut, the Stokowski/NYP version from 1959 maintains its preeminent position within the important metrics of sensuality and intensity. The Symphony No. 12 dates from 1957 and is the composerís final essay in this form. Traditionally constructed and optimistic in tone, itís a concise 24:50 minutes and primarily tonal. The profound Adagio is the heart of the work. The performance is excellent yet yields first place to the Carl St. Clair version on CPO. Maestro St. Clair and the RSO Stuttgart dig a little deeper and offer up playing that is marginally tauter and more purposeful. Basically, Mandu-Carara is a secular cantata whose text is concerned with forest spirits, lost children and, yes, cannibalism. It is virtuoso in its juxtaposition of chorus, childrenís chorus and extravagant orchestral forces replete with an array of percussion instruments peculiar to the region. The wealth of ideas and effects contained within its 13 minute duration is impressive. Curiously enough, it has been virtually ignored since its premiere in 1940. Its inclusion alone is worth the price of admission. The tricky balancing of vocal and instrumental forces is exemplary as is the overall sound pickup attained by the production team.



Submitted on 06/05/15 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Uirapurú, symphonic poem & ballet for orchestra (The Enchanted Bird), A. 133
  • Conductor: Isaac Karabtchevsky
  • Ensemble: San Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (02/28/2014-03/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1917

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Symphony no 12, for orchestra, A. 539
  • Conductor: Isaac Karabtchevsky
  • Ensemble: San Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (02/28/2014-03/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Mandu çarará, secular cantata for children's chorus & orchestra, A. 417
  • Conductor: Isaac Karabtchevsky
  • Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Choir
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940