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Villa-Lôbos: Bachianas Brasileiras

Michael Tilson Thomas Audio CD
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  • Performer: Renée Fleming
  • Orchestra: New World Symphony, BBC Singers
  • Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos, Johann Sebastien Bach
  • Audio CD (20 Dec 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Seal
  • ASIN: B000003G45
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: Preludio (Introducao): LentoMichael Tilson Thomas 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: Coral (Canto do Sertao): LargoMichael Tilson Thomas 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Aria (Cantiga): ModeratoMichael Tilson Thomas;Renée Fleming 5:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: Danza (Miudinho): Molto animatoMichael Tilson Thomas 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Ária (Cantilena)Renée Fleming;Michael Tilson Thomas 6:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dansa (Martelo): AllegrettoMichael Tilson Thomas 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: Preludio (Ponteio): AdagioMichael Tilson Thomas 7:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: Giga (Quadrilha Caipira): Allegretto scherzandoMichael Tilson Thomas 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: Tocata (Desafío): Andantino quasi allegrettoMichael Tilson Thomas 7:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fuga (Conversa): AndanteMichael Tilson Thomas 7:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9: Prélude: Vagarosa e misticoMichael Tilson Thomas 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9: Fugue: Poco apressadoMichael Tilson Thomas 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Chôros Nr. 10: Animé, Lent; Animé; Très peu animéMichael Tilson Thomas11:32£0.99  Buy MP3 

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It's fair to say that, for most people, Villa-Lobos is Brazilian classical music. The extent of his work is really too much to take in, but the series of Bachianas Brasileiras, Bach meets Brazil in an idealised fusion of northern and southern hemispheres, is the best place to start. Tilson Thomas gives you four of the best, including the popular No. 5 for soprano (Renée Fleming the sensuous soloist) and eight cellos. The others are all high on thrills, with the exhilarating No. 9 probably the best of all--true entertainment music with class! There's also the tenth of Villa-Lobos's Choros cycle: music that evokes the outside celebrations at the heart of traditional Brazilian music. This one features texts in the composer's pre-fabricated primitivism, evocative but with more than a hint of tongue in cheek. Performances are spot-on throughout, with Tilson Thomas relishing the sheer variety of sound available from the generally large forces. Such non-inhibition is exactly what this music is all about. --Richard Whitehouse

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars easy listening 6 Mar 2013
By heather
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not to sure about it all, some of the music was not to my liking, but other tracks were good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Orchestrals sonorous, but...Renee not well-suited 1 Oct 2000
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The orchestral selections are rich, spacious, and sonorous...they hold the attention consistently and happily. The CD is well worth its price for those alone.
But, Renee Fleming is not suited for the music in her Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. The top-most notes get thin and screechy...and the humming section is pinched, pale, and puny -- not pleasant. I am a Renee Fleming admirer of the very first order....but, my "love" is not unconditional, and in this case...if asked, I would have advised her to avoid it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific introduction to the music of Villa-Lobos 17 April 2009
By Patrick W. Crabtree - Published on
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You won't get stung on this one.

Michael Tilson Thomas is one of the premiere conductors of the planet -- he doesn't fail us here. He conducts the New World Symphony (based in Florida) which is composed of the best and brightest music school graduates who are seeking more permanant posts with renowned orchestras, and many former members have done so. But don't be fooled into thinking that this is a "student orchestra," no sir! With this orchestra, there is no unskilled viola player in the back row -- this is some of the finest, most precise playing I've heard anywhere.

The big bonus here is that we get Heitor Villa-Lobos' most popular works (he actually wanted to be known for his many magnificent works other than these but the public would not allow it to be so) and they are performed in their most expansive form. The singing (on the limited number of vocal pieces) is flawless as far as I could hear and the recording is quite dynamic.

The works found on this recording were chiefly composed as a tribute to J.S. Bach, an icon of Villa-Lobos who was initially self-taught by studying the scores of the old masters and of Bach in particular. One can easily generate a clear mental image of period Brasil by listening to Michael Tilson Thomas' astute reading of these superb Villa-Lobos compositions. This music represents the core essence of Modern Music.

I could not recommend a classical music CD more highly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brazilian Classical Music 23 Oct 2005
By Brett A. Kniess - Published on
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I find it very interesting that Heitor Villa-Lobos could so easily equate Brazilian folk music with that of J.S. Bach. All the more interesting are his "tributes to Bach in a Brazilian style". Each of the Bachianas Brasileiras are scored differently, and in many cases, there are many versions of the same work. This disk features four of the Bachianas Brasileiras and one setting of the Choros, Number 10.

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 is very thickly textured for the entire orchestra. Percussion and use of brass give the Brazilian feel while the form and many of the progressions give the feel of Bach. Villa-Lobos will often use an actual Brazilian folk melody, but make sure its archetypal shape is Baroque or he will put the melody into a "Bachian" technique. The dance rhythms, however, are Brazilian through and through. No. 5 is scored for multi-divisi cello parts and solo soprano. Only two movemnts long, the 1st is very much a vocalise with is monosyllabic melody. Contrasting, the 2nd movement is more like a patter song. Renee Fleming has a naturally beautiful and resonant voice. She does change the final note from the written C5 to high C6. No. 7's movements are labelled with Baroque forms: Preludio, Giga, Tocata, and Fuga. Like No. 4, it is scored for full orchestra using the same techniques. Villa-Lobos' last contribution of Bachianas Brasileiras, No. 9, is a prelude and fugue. Scored for string orchestra, this one evokes Bach the clearest of all.

Choros No. 10 for orchestra, piano, a battery of Brazilian percussion, and chorus is a bit of a different work. The sound is not so romantic, but revels in using dissonance in nearly a Stravinskian manner. Driving tribal rhythms, virtousic passages for individual instruments, and inclusion of a "tribal" chanting chorus make this a miniature magnum opus.

It is hopeful that with this successful recording, that more Villa-Lobos music will become standard fare. The New World Symphony exploit the exoticism and Neo-Baroque/Romanticism fo the works with pinache. The music is very approachable and fun.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Villa-Lobos reorchestrated by Tilson Thimas 9 July 2013
By CD Maniac - Published on
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These are fine performances by a wonderful orchestra and energetic conductor (back in the day when they used to make regular recordings).
However, anyone genuinely interested in Villa-Lobos needs to know that Tilson Thomas made numerous orchestration changes and adjustments to these pieces before performing and recording them. For example: The xylophone in the last movement of Baschianas Brasileiras No. 4? That is not Villa-Lobos.
The argument can go on and on about whether this is to be expected and encouraged, or whether the composer's word should be the final word. My only concern is that the CD buyer should be told the truth--preferably on the CD label/packaging.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was it really necessary? 25 Jan 2009
By Manuel Reguillo-Cruz - Published on
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As a whole, Thomas does good with this music. Villalobos is always exciting to hear, and his extraordinary fusion of Brasilian folk music with that of Bach mixed with resounding rhytms is well worthy of another recording and version.
But Fleming is cheating. She sings some strange lines added from her own harvest in the second part of the Aria that the author didn't write. Besides she is accompanied not by the eight cellos (according to the composer's original score)but by the orchestra. That is cheating!!
I, too, love her voice, but, as another reviewer put it, my "love" is not inconditional. Why is she so necessary lately? Her repertoire is full enough of miscastings. And also, the face so often wrong, as with her Villalobos.
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