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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Choral Works

> Cor dulce, cor amabile - Cor dulce, cor amabile
> Jose - Jose
> As Costureiras - As Costureiras
> Bachianas brasileiras No. 9 (version for chorus) - I. Prelude: Vagaroso e mistico
> Bachianas brasileiras No. 9 (version for chorus) - II. Fugue: Poco apressado
> Choros No. 3, "Picapau" (version for a capella) - Choros No. 3, "Picapau" (version for a capella)
> Preces sem palavras - Preces sem palavras
> Duas lendas amerindias em nheengatu - I. O Lurupari e o Menino
> Duas lendas amerindias em nheengatu - II. O lurupari e o Cacador
> Ave Maria (version for 4 part choir) - Ave Maria (version for 4 part choir)
> Bazzum - Bazzum
> The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E flat minor / D sharp minor, BWV 853 (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) - Prelude
> The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E flat minor / D sharp minor, BWV 853 (arr. H. Villa-Lobos for choir) - Fugue
> Na Bahia tem (version for male chorus) - Na Bahia tem (version for male chorus)
> Bendita sabedoria - I. Sapientia foris praedicat
> Bendita sabedoria - II. Vas pretiosum
> Bendita sabedoria - III. Principium sapientiae
> Bendita sabedoria - IV. Vir sapiens
> Bendita sabedoria - V. Beatus homo
> Bendita sabedoria - VI. Dexteram tuam

Album Summary

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Cor dolce, cor amabile, for chorus (from Musica Sacra), A. 507
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Jose, for chorus ("Quadrilha caipira"), A. 455
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : As costureiras, embolada for female chorus, A. 329
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachianas Brasileiras no 9, for chorus (or string orchestra), A. 449
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Choros no 3, for male chorus & winds, "Picapau", A. 206
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Poema de palavras, song for voice & orchestra, A. 542
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Lendas amerindas (2), for chorus, A. 506
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Ave Maria, motet for chorus, A. 319
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bazzum, for male chorus, A. D018
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Preludio no 8, transcription for cello & piano (after J. S. Bach, BWV 853), A. 261
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Fuga no 8, transcription for chorus (after J. S. Bach
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Na Bahia tem, for band, A. 297
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bendita Sabedoria (7), biblical settings for chorus, A. 543
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Notes & Reviews:

Globally recognized as the preeminent choir for contemporary music, the SWR Vokalensemble presents a program of rarely performed choral masterworks by Villa-Lobos - including several world premiere recordings! This exciting new disc documents this largely unknown aspect of Villa-Lobos' massive choral output (more than 200 works have been catalogued). From the sublime elegance of Bachianas Brasileiras Nr. 9 to the passionate Preces Sem Palavras (Prayers without Words), Marcus Creed and the SWR Vokalensemble have not only provided an essential document to the genius of Brazil's greatest composer, but have given fans of exquisite choral music a new reason to rejoice! Villa-Lobos' modern, folkloristic works will appeal strongly to fans of contemporary music and collectors of superb choral singing.

"All of it is unaccompanied, much of it wordless, entailing a captivating virtuosity from the Stuttgart Choir...It's possible to imagine more dynamic and fiery performances, but on its own terms this is a superb survey, warmly recorded and delivered." -BBC Music Magazine

Gramophone Magazine
The late six-part cycle is the largest although not weightiest item on Hanssler's new disc...The pick of the remaining items is the arrangement of Bach's Prelude and Fugue, BWV853, sturdy music, sturdily recast and rendered...Hanssler's recording is clean and clear, and beautifully balanced.



Reviews

Songs of the South
Although he composed in every genre, I imagine only the operas of Heitor Villa-Lobos are less known than his choral music. To remedy that, a British conductor leads a German chorus in an album of short works by the Brazilian master, showcasing the styles he used through his career, going from the "Ave Maria" of 1918 (the fourth of ten times he set that text) through to the 1950s. (He died in 1959.) Three of the pieces are first recordings: the jaunty "Jose," written for the men of the Yale Glee Club, a set of decidedly unliturgical "Prayers Without Words" (also for men), and a choral transcription of a Bach prelude and fugue. Oh my, can these folks sing! The sopranos are a teeny bit edgy on some of the highest notes, but the composer doesn't give them an easy part, especially considering that some of this music was actually intended for student choruses!
Submitted on 03/27/11 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Cor dolce, cor amabile, for chorus (from Musica Sacra), A. 507
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : José, for chorus ("Quadrilha caipira"), A. 455
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : As costureiras, embolada for female chorus, A. 329
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachianas Brasileiras no 9, for chorus (or string orchestra), A. 449
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôros no 3, for male chorus & winds, "Picapau", A. 206
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Poema de palavras, song for voice & orchestra, A. 542
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Lendas amerindas (2), for chorus, A. 506
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Ave Maria, motet for chorus, A. 319
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bazzum, for male chorus, A. D018
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1936

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Prelúdio no 8, transcription for cello & piano (after J. S. Bach, BWV 853), A. 261
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Fuga no 8, transcription for chorus (after J. S. Bach :: BWv 853), A. 274
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Na Bahia tem, for band, A. 297
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bendita Sabedoria (7), biblical settings for chorus, A. 543
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 8 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958