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Listen  1. Prole do bebe No. 1: Branquinha (A boneca de louca) 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Prole do bebe No. 1: Morenhina (A boneca de massa) 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Prole do bebe No. 1: A pobrezinha (A boneca de trapo) 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Prole do bebe No. 1: O polichinelo0:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prole do bebe No. 1: A bruxa (A boneca de pano) 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cirandas: Terezinha de Jesus 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Cirandas: A Condessa 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cirandas: Senhora Dona Sancha 1:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Cirandas: O cravo brigou com a rosa 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Cirandas: Pobre cega 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Cirandas: Passa, passa gaviao 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Cirandas: Xo, xo, passarinho 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Cirandas: Vamos atras de Serra, Calunga 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Cirandas: Fui no tororo 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Cirandas: O pintor de Cannahy 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Cirandas: Nesta rua, nesta rua 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Cirandas: Olha o passarinho, Domine 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Cirandas: A procura de uma agulha 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Cirandas: A canoa virou 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Cirandas: Que lindos olhos! 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Cirandas: Co, co, co 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Hommage a Chopin: Noturno 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Hommage a Chopin: A la balada 5:11£0.79  Buy MP3 

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A Prole do Bebe, n° 1 - Cirandas - Hommage à Chopin / Sonia Rubinsky, piano


At last, a replacement for Roberto Szidon's long-deleted recording of Cirandas! This is one of Villa-Lobos's most delightful works, a long piano suite (41:46 in this recording) of folk-flavoured pieces that progress from one charming idea to another and never outlast their material. The Baby's Family, the first of two suites, is also charming music, made popular by Artur Rubinstein. The Chopin tribute is one of those crocks of musical dishwater Villa-Lobos stuck his hands into when his mind was on something else, but it is brief and comes at the end of the disc. Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky plays with stylistic insight and gorgeous piano tone, very well captured by Naxos in a recording that sat in the can for almost five years before it was finally issued. --Leslie Gerber

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
wonderful! 11 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was already a fan of Villa Lobos' music and I really enjoyed this CD . The pieces were well chosen and the piano playing is great. The music is full of contrasts: soft and strong, playful and sad, rebellious and harmonic. As a Brazilian, I know these songs from childhood and to hear them in this CD is a real pleasure, particularly "Nesta Rua" and "Terezinha de Jesus". The pianist is flawless both in her technique and in her interpretation of the pieces. Her identification with the music is so complete that we feel her enjoyment in playing them.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Charming Villa-Lobos pieces for children. 17 Dec. 2001
By darragh o'donoghue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The move from the large-scale orchestra we may be more familiar with to the piano does not mean that the music of Villa-Lobos loses any of its energy, rhythm, colour or beauty. The two major works here, 'A Prole do Bebe' (the Baby's family) and 'Cirandas' (a Portuguese dance) evoke the world of childhood, and are said to belong to the traditon of Schumann and Tchaikovsky, but the warm colours and rich harmonies are more tropical than those chilly Europeans, with Villa-Lobos brilliantly incorporating and reworking Brazilian folk material. The first wittily depicts the personalities of a child's dolls; the set of dances push their good-natured skittishness into real emotion at times. The 'Homage a Chopin' give a famously restrained and reflective idiom some sunny and dramatic virtuosity. Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky knows these pieces and their influences well, and responds to them with intelligence, empathy and humour.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Rubinsky : a new reference in Villa Lobos 18 April 2005
By Osvaldo Colarusso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When Villa Lobos listened for the first time the works of Debussy and Stravinsky ( The Russian Ballets of Diaghlev danced in Rio de Janeiro in 1913 and 1917) he found the way to create something really adequate to involve Brazilian authentic tunes . The first important period of Villa Lobos as a composer involve two series of works: The Prole do Bebê ( No 1 and No 2) and the Choros. Prole do Bebê is full of Pentatonic and whole tone scales, and the Harmony of some of the pieces are deeply influenced by Stravinsky: The Polichinelo is a Brazilian brother of the Russian white/black harmony of Petrushka. For the first time one Brazilian composer was proud of our authentic songs and he placed these lovely melodies in the middle of a very sophisticated piano writing and with new harmonies that fitted wonderfully with his purposes. The Cirandas is also involved with the child's world. I would like to remember that The Cirandas are not important only as a wonderful composition, but I'm sure too that without this work a lot of authentic folkloric melodies would be lost ,as our childs don't play no more singing these melodies. Times of globalization...

The Prole No 1 and the Cirandas are among the most often played and recorded piano works of Heitor Villa Lobos. The references for the Prole do Bebe No 1 are of course Aline van Barentzen , that recorded the Prole 1 and 2 in Paris for EMI in the presence of the composer ( unfortunately the CD version of the album "Villa Lobos par lui meme" doesn't include this important recording, that was present in the LP version), Nelson Freire( unfortunately he recorded only the Prole 1) and Anna Stella Schic . For the Cirandas the references are again Anna Stella Schic ( the only pianist that recorded the complete works for piano by Villa Lobos), Roberto Szidon and Caio Pagano.

I'm profoundly satisfied with this first record of this important project ( It will be a series of 9 Cds, I believe). Sonia Rubinsky plays very well, and I would like to prize her attitude about the fidelity towards the printed score. As the Prole do Bebe No 1 includes some very often played compositions , they are normally played with some liberties and "traditions". As Mahler used to say, "Tradition is Schlamperei". I really prefer to listen these pieces as Sonia Rubinsky plays: as they are written. One can prefer the exceptional musicality of Nelson Freire in the Prole, or the analytical sound of Caio Pagano in the Cirandas. But Sonia is a first rate pianist too. She has a wonderful sonority .With her flawless musicality we can say that this integral began as a new reference in Villa Lobos discography .
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Lively Piano Music from Brazil 20 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Villa-Lobos, who is of course the great composer of Brazil, has a less secure place in the history of modern music of the West, so it is good that his art is getting a reappraisal, with various record labels committed to issuing cycles of his works-the symphonies and string quartets, for example. Villa-Lobos wrote a great deal of piano music that isn't heard as much as it used to be, so the present CD, the first in a two-volume series (maybe there will be more) from Naxos is welcome indeed.
If Ginastera is the Bartok of the pampas, Villa-Lobos, in his piano music at least, might be seen as early Prokofiev or Stravinsky transported to the Amazon. As with Ginastera, there is much of surface glitter and of grit, but the emotional depths that Ginastera plumbs in his more inward music seems sorely lacking in much of this piano music by Villa-Lobos. Maybe inwardness wasn't on the composer's agenda as he tried to recreate the world of childhood in these pieces. But I wish he had taken his cue from Schumann, whose "Kinderscenen" is great music primarily because it doesn't shy away from the truth that childhood isn't all fun and games, though the troubling dissonances that intrude on the surface serenity of Villa-Lobos' "The Countess" and "What Beautiful Eyes!" hint at this fact.
Anyway, there is certainly a place for brilliance and grit, which Villa-Lobos' music has in abundance, and especially if you don't listen to all these pieces at one sitting, you will appreciate the freshness and liveliness of Villa-Lobos' invention. I think you'll also find Villa-Lobos' brand of musical primitivism, which intelligently combines European modernism and native New World musical elements, intriguing. You'll probably be amused, too, by "Little Black Doll" and "Look at the Pretty Birdy," which start off as perfect Debussy knockoffs but quickly absorb Villa-Lobos' own Latin-tinged idiom. Certainly, it's easy to see why the Petrouchka-influenced "Punch" from "A Prole do Bebe" suite was at one time an encore favorite with pianists such as Villa-Lobos' champion Artur Rubinstein. Then there is the jazzy "In This Street" from "Cirandas," which illustrates Villa-Lobos' unique assimilation of European and Brazilian popular music.
Sonia Rubinsky brings the requisite pianistic chops to this recital. She has great technique and finds no hurdles she can't manage in Villa-Lobos' sometimes grueling keyboard writing. But she also brings delicacy, charm, and wit to her assignment as well, which breathes life and purpose into the quieter pieces like "What Beautiful Eyes!" A first-rate sound recording, too, from Fisher Hall in Santa Rosa, California. This disc is recommended without hesitation.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More, please! 27 Feb. 2001
By A HAAKMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have heard Villa-Lobos' A prole do Bebê in various interpretations, but I cannot remember it ever has impressed me more than in Sonia Rubinsky's recording of it, which is utterly virtuoso (I mean a natural virtuosity without bravado)and at the same time very warm and colorful. As in `A prole do Bebê' the `Cirandas', on the same record, show a surpring succesion of various moods, dreamy or exciting, tender or fiery and passionate. There is a continuous tension between strong rhythm and free flowing melody, and a sonority that is very well preserved in the excellent recording. She does not `hammer' the Cirandas as if they were written by Bartòk - a pitfall that seems not altogether imaginary. This is only the first of a series of discs on which Sonia Rubinsky will play Villa Lobos' complete piano works. I hope it won't take too long before we will be able to hear them all. In a broadcast by The Radio Suisse Romande I heard a marvelous sample of the net yet available second volume, which I am eagerly awaiting, as well as the other volumes.
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