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Piano Music Vol.3

Sonia Rubinsky Audio CD
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  • Performer: Sonia Rubinsky
  • Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00009NJ1D
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen16. Dancas caracteristicas africanas: III. Kankikis 2:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Tristorosa 4:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Choros No. 1 5:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Choros No. 2 (arr. for piano): Choros No. 2 2:48£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Choros No. 5, "Alma brasileira" 4:56£0.69  Buy MP3 


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Brinquedo de Roda - Dancas Caracteristicas Africanas - Choros n° 5, "Alma Brasileira" - Tristorosa - Choros n° 1, "Tipico" - Choros n° 2 - Suite Floral - Ciclo Brasileiro / Sonia Rubinsky, piano

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How good is this! 5 Aug 2010
By Andrew C. Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
How good is this? How good is Villa-Lobos? I knew about the Choros. I knew about the cello. I knew about the guitar.
It seems to me that he is one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. And I did not know about the piano music. This CD is an amazing sample of his work for piano. There is the beautiful and sorrowful waltz, 'Tristorosa' composed by the Brazilian at the age of 23. Oh the delight and deceptive simplicity of the suite of 6 character pieces - 'Children's Round Games'. Many children must have enjoyed and struggled with these pieces in order to master technique. 'The song of the little cranky one' particularly sticks in my mind and I find myself humming it. Another suite - this time of 3 pieces is the 'Dancas Caracteristicas Africanas' - full of rhythmic interest. But I enjoy Villa-Lobos links with French impressionism, of the Floral Suite.(1. Idyll in a Hammock, 2. A singing country girl and 3. Joy in the garden.)
The last 3 tracks are magnificent Choros. No.1 originally for guitar, No.2 originally for flute and clarinet, and No. 5 'Brazilian Soul' written for piano. Sonia Rubinsky makes this track special. But the masterwork on this CD is the mighty Ciclo Brasileiro from 1936. This virtuoso set of 4 pieces reveals the pianistic musicianship of Villa Lobos.
Sonia Rubinsky's phenomenal technique makes this work a constant delight, from the mesmerising delicacy of the 1st movement through to the percussive ecstasy of the final movement. How good this is!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Although this is the third in a series of recordings of Villa Lobos's piano music played by Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky on the Naxos label, it's the first to come my way. I have little knowledge of Villa Lobos's piano music; as a youth I stumbled my way through 'O Polichinello' at the keyboard, and I've heard the visceral 'Rudepo?ma' performed in recital by Marc-Andr? Hamelin (but don't have his Villa Lobos CD). I was unprepared for the artful but unforced charm of the pieces on this disc.
'Suite Floral' (8 mins.) is a three-piece suite written in a perfumed impressionistic and somewhat derivative style not generally characteristic of the composer. The middle piece, 'Uma Camponeza Cantadeira' ('A Singing Country Girl'), is makes effective use of naive-sounding quintal harmonies and an asymmetric accompanimental figure in the bass. The suite is followed on this CD by 'Ciclo Brasileiro,' a major four-piece suite (22 mins.) whose components separately and in toto are hypnotizing. In my aural imagination, 'The Peasant's Sowing' mimics in right-hand figurations the broadcasting of seed, while a hymnlike chorale in the left hand lauds the fertility of the earth. 'Impressions of a Serenade Musician' is naive-sounding but the virtuosic piano writing, particularly in the repetitive fragmentation of the waltz tune, is artfully sophisticated. 'The F?te in the Heartlands' bustles with high energy and the rapidly alternating chords remind one of the previously mentioned 'O Polichinello' from 'A Prole do beb?.' 'Dance of the White Indian' is a virtuosic and fierce-sounding toccata with ostinato alternating chords surrounding a middle-register melody; it reportedly is a self-portrait of the composer. (I wonder if the hint of the 'Dies Irae' in the melody is intentional; I expect so.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ingratiating Brazilian Piano Music Sensitively Played 4 Jan 2004
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although this is the third in a series of recordings of Villa Lobos's piano music played by Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky on the Naxos label, it's the first to come my way. I have little knowledge of Villa Lobos's piano music; as a youth I stumbled my way through 'O Polichinello' at the keyboard, and I've heard the visceral 'Rudepoêma' performed in recital by Marc-André Hamelin (but don't have his Villa Lobos CD). I was unprepared for the artful but unforced charm of the pieces on this disc.
'Suite Floral' (8 mins.) is a three-piece suite written in a perfumed impressionistic and somewhat derivative style not generally characteristic of the composer. The middle piece, 'Uma Camponeza Cantadeira' ('A Singing Country Girl'), is makes effective use of naive-sounding quintal harmonies and an asymmetric accompanimental figure in the bass. The suite is followed on this CD by 'Ciclo Brasileiro,' a major four-piece suite (22 mins.) whose components separately and in toto are hypnotizing. In my aural imagination, 'The Peasant's Sowing' mimics in right-hand figurations the broadcasting of seed, while a hymnlike chorale in the left hand lauds the fertility of the earth. 'Impressions of a Serenade Musician' is naive-sounding but the virtuosic piano writing, particularly in the repetitive fragmentation of the waltz tune, is artfully sophisticated. 'The Fête in the Heartlands' bustles with high energy and the rapidly alternating chords remind one of the previously mentioned 'O Polichinello' from 'A Prole do bebê.' 'Dance of the White Indian' is a virtuosic and fierce-sounding toccata with ostinato alternating chords surrounding a middle-register melody; it reportedly is a self-portrait of the composer. (I wonder if the hint of the 'Dies Irae' in the melody is intentional; I expect so.)
'Brinqueda de Roda' ('Children's Round Games') is a 12-minute collection of seven simple pieces (possibly meant for children themselves to play) based on Brazilian children's singing and dancing games. The textures are simple, often with oom-pah or Alberti bass accompaniments, the melodies ingratiating and the whole thing utterly charming in its simplicity.
The three infectious 'Danças Caracteristicas Africanas' are based on some melodies Villa Lobos heard when among Mato Grosso Indians; they clearly have African antecedents (and, for that matter, syncopated proto-ragtime rhythms abound). The excellent booklet notes by James Melo tell us that an orchestral version of these dances exists.
The beguiling 5-minute 'Tristorosa,' an early piece (1910), is a gently swaying waltz written in rondo form [ABACA]; the two contrasting sections are slightly more impulsive but they return to the sultry grace of the original theme. Ms Rubinsky's Brazilian origin is in evidence here--the subtle rubato is perfect.
The disc concludes with three of Villa Lobos's 'Chôros', Nos. 1, 2 and 5. No. 1 ('Tipico') was originally for guitar and features 'typical' Brazilian dance rhythms; again, Ms Rubinsky's handling of rhythms and alterations of tempi via fermatas and rubato are masterful. No. 2, originally for flute and clarinet but rewritten for piano by the composer, features a stylized use of the clave rhythm and has an unexpected comic ending. Chôros No. 5 ('Alma Brasileira' ['Brazilian Soul']) is indeed soulful with languorous sections interrupted by a violent, sexy dance employing tart polytonal harmonies.
I enjoyed this disc immensely and gained new regard for Villa Lobos as a composer for piano. Sonia Rubinsky's playing is sensitive, rhythmically alive and virtuosic when needed. The recorded piano sound is lifelike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine complete perusal 11 July 2009
By Newton H. Wayland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ms. Rubinsky has a deep affinity for Villa-lobos' music, and her playing of
the complete piano works (several CDs) is a must for anyone who admires this
uneven but greatly talented composer. I've listened to most of the CDs, and can find no fault in any of them. Her technique serves the purpose of
illuminating the musical content, and is more than adequate in doing so.
Her musicality is superb and sensitive. A must-have item!
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