Villa-Lobos Symphonies Nos 6 and 7

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01 - 09 - 2012

Villa-Lobos Symphonies Nos 6 and 7

Sao Paulo Symphony (OSESP), Isaac Karabtchevsky (conductor)

Heitor Villa-Lobos is generally acknowledged as Latin America's foremost nationalist composer and his best known works, such as the Bachianas Brasileiras, have tended to overshadow the rest of his work. Symphony No 6, which launched his mature symphonic style, derives some of its themes from the contours of Brazilian hills and mountains, in a process devised by the composer to obtain a melody from an image by means of a graphic chart. The Symphony No 7 is scored for a huge orchestra and is one of the composer's most ambitious and significant statements. Both works represent the composer's powerful desire to invent a specifically Brazilian idiom. This is the first volume of a complete cycle of the Villa-Lobos Symphonies.

Villa-Lobos Symphony No 6 'On the Outline of the Mountains of Brazil', Symphony No 7

Running Time: 1 hr 8 min

'Karabtchevsky makes Villa-Lobos's zig-zagging, lopsided melodic line sound as boldly and brashly sculpted as Mount Rushmore' (Gramophone)
'"Superior music...not a tune to be whistled." Villa-Lobos's description of a symphony's ingredients certainly matches these two colourful works.' (4 STARS BBC Music magazine)
'This superb new Naxos recording has the advantage of the full-blooded performance by Brazil's magnificent orchestra, the Sao Paulo Symphony conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky...throughout we have the [Villa-Lobos]'s vivid orchestral colors, and the result is a fascinating and rather exotic orchestral tapestry.' (Classical CD Review)
' both of the symphonies offered here feature slow movements of truly striking beauty and atmosphere. In other words, they are well worth getting to know, and ideal for concentrated attention at home.' (Classics Today)
'This is a welcome addition to the Naxos catalogue, as well as a welcome recording of these neglected symphonies, and definitely a strong start to a promising new Villa-Lobos cycle.' (Classical Music Sentinel)