Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Isaac Karabtchevsky (conductor)
Villa-Lobos's 'War' and 'Victory' Symphonies were commissioned by the Brazilian government following the end of the country's involvement in World War I. Using very large orchestral forces, and conveying the composer's feelings about the conflict with no sense of triumphalism, the two symphonies display a confident use of unusual and evocative effects, such as the collage of fragments of the Brazilian national anthem and La Marseillaise in the 'Battle' movement of the Third Symphony. Villa-Lobos's Symphonies Nos 6 and 7 are also available (Naxos 8573043) in 'superb...full-blooded' performances. (ClassicalCDReview.com)
Villa-Lobos Symphony No 3 'War', Symphony No 4 'Victory'
Running Time: 1 hr 3 min
Conductor Isaac Karabtchevsky has been described as one of Brazil's 'living national icons' (The Guardian)
'the Sao Paulo Symphony is a much finer ensemble [than on a competing recording], and Karabtchevsky's performances are far more persuasive here. The sonics are rich, full, and remarkably clear given the music's density.' (ClassicsToday on 8573043 Symphonies Nos 6 and 7)