Villa-Lobos - Choral Transcriptions | Naxos 8574286

Villa-Lobos - Choral Transcriptions

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574286

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th January 2021

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1, BWV846-869
» no.1 in C major, BWV846: Fugue (arr. H Villa-Lobos)
» no.8 in E flat minor, BWV853 (arr. H Villa-Lobos)
» no.21 in B flat major, BWV866: Fugue (arr. H Villa-Lobos)
» no.22 in B flat minor, BWV867: Fugue (arr. H Villa-Lobos)
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2, BWV870-893
» no.5 in D major, BWV874: Fugue (arr. H Villa-Lobos)
» no.14 in F sharp minor, BWV883: Prelude (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Sonata no.8 in C minor, op.13 'Pathetique'
» II Adagio cantabile (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Chopin, Frederic

Waltzes (19)
» no.7 in C sharp minor, op.64 no.2 (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Massenet, Jules

Elegie (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Mendelssohn, Felix

Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 2, op.30
» no.3 in E major (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Morceaux de fantasie, op.3
» no.2 Prelude in C sharp minor (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Schubert, Franz

Schwanengesang, D957
» Standchen (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Schumann, Robert

Kinderszenen, op.15
» no.7 Traumerei (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Villa-Lobos, Heitor

Bachianas Brasileiras no.9 (version for choir)

Artists

Sao Paulo Symphony Choir

Conductor

Valentina Peleggi

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1, BWV846-869
» no.1 in C major, BWV846: Fugue (arr. H Villa-Lobos)
» no.8 in E flat minor, BWV853 (arr. H Villa-Lobos)
» no.21 in B flat major, BWV866: Fugue (arr. H Villa-Lobos)
» no.22 in B flat minor, BWV867: Fugue (arr. H Villa-Lobos)
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2, BWV870-893
» no.5 in D major, BWV874: Fugue (arr. H Villa-Lobos)
» no.14 in F sharp minor, BWV883: Prelude (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Sonata no.8 in C minor, op.13 'Pathetique'
» II Adagio cantabile (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Chopin, Frederic

Waltzes (19)
» no.7 in C sharp minor, op.64 no.2 (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Massenet, Jules

Elegie (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Mendelssohn, Felix

Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 2, op.30
» no.3 in E major (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Morceaux de fantasie, op.3
» no.2 Prelude in C sharp minor (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Schubert, Franz

Schwanengesang, D957
» Standchen (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Schumann, Robert

Kinderszenen, op.15
» no.7 Traumerei (arr. H Villa-Lobos)

Villa-Lobos, Heitor

Bachianas Brasileiras no.9 (version for choir)

Artists

Sao Paulo Symphony Choir

Conductor

Valentina Peleggi

About

Choral music holds a central position in Villa-Lobos’s catalogue of works, but among these famous pieces is a series of little-known transcriptions for a cappella choir taken from the standard classical repertoire. They were intended for a teachers’ chorus and for use in schools, and through astonishing alchemy they achieve a true ‘orchestration’ of largely piano originals, adding a fresh new repertoire for vocal ensembles. This album also includes the first ever recording of Villa-Lobos’s complete set of a cappella transcriptions from Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier.

This new release is the latest in our ‘Music of Brazil’ series, co-produced with the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to promote music by Brazilian composers dating back to the 18th century. Previous releases included Villa-Lobos’s Guitar and Harmonica Concertos (8.574018).

Founded in 1994, the São Paulo Symphony Choir is now recognised as a benchmark for vocal music in Brazil. They have appeared in a recording of Villa-Lobos’s Symphony no.10 ‘Amerindia’ (8573243), praised by ClassicalCDReview.com: ‘This is a magnificent performance… The Saõ Paulo orchestra and chorus do total justice to this music, and the recording, [is] superb sonically.’

The choir also recorded Bernstein’s Missa brevis (8559742) with conductor Marin Alsop, in which Musical Toronto commented: ‘the São Paulo Symphonic Choir produces a forceful but well-blended sound.’

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