Sunday, December 30, 2007

Piano Music by Joanna Brzezińska-Mauer




Joanna Brzezińska-Mauer's 2007 Villa-Lobos piano disc on Claves in Switzerland has been well-reviewed. You can hear a track - Branquina - in RealAudio at the Arte.tv site.

The disc includes both the first and second suites from A Prole do Bebê (The Baby’s Family), along with Suite Floral, Op. 97, and the composer's version for piano of Choros #1.

Brzezińska-Mauer's website is really excellent. You can listen to full tracks and excerpts from the Villa-Lobos disc, along with a concert video of Le petit boeuf de plombe.

You can buy Brzezińska-Mauer's Villa-Lobos: Piano Music at Amazon.com.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Villa-Lobos on Cultura FM: January 2008

Here are Villa-Lobos performances upcoming on Cultura FM from Sao Paulo. Listen here on the Internet. Times are local Sao Paulo times, one hour ahead of EST.

January 07: 20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio Santos

January 08: 13:00 DELICATESSEN com Kika Leoi:
Antonin DVORÁK - Humoresque em sol bemol maior Op.101, No.7. Yo-Yo Ma (violoncelo). Itzhak Perlman (violino). Orquestra Sinfônica de Boston. Reg.: Seiji Osawa / Heitor VILLA-LOBOS - "Poco adagio" do Concerto para piano No.5. Cristina Ortiz (piano). Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Reg.: Miguel Gomes-Martínez. / Pyotr Ilyitch TCHAIKOVSKY - "Valsa: Allegro Moderato" da Sinfonia No.5 em mi menor, Op.64. Orquestra Filarmônica Jovem de Boston. Reg.: Benjamin Zander. / Claude DEBUSSY - Le jet d'eau. Orquestra Sinfônica da BBC. Reg.: Thierry Fischer.

January 12: 13:00 DELICATESSEN com Kika Leói:
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART - "Minueto: Allegreto" do Quinteto para cordas em ré, K 593. Lawrence Power (viola). Karol Szymanowski Quartet. / Heitor VILLA-LOBOS - "O Trenzinho do Caipira" da Bachianas brasileiras No.2. Orquestra Sinfônica Petrobrás Pró Musica. Reg.: Roberto Tibiriçá. / Frédéric CHOPIN - Fantasia em fá menor Op.49. Maria João Pires (piano) / Jean SIBELIUS - Rakastava. Violaine Lucas (soprano). Rigoberto Marin-Polop (baixo). Coro de Câmara Accentus. Reg.: Eric Ericson.

January 13: 07:00 DESPERTE COM OS CLÁSSICOS:
BACH/ BUSONI - Prelúdio e Fuga em ré maior, BWV 532. Emil Gilels (piano)/ VIVALDI - Concerto em lá maior, RV 552, "Per ecco lontano". Christophe Coin (violoncelo). Il Giardino Armonico. Dir.: Giovanni Antonini/ VILLA-LOBOS - Prelúdio nº 1. Yves Storms (violão). RAVEL - La Valse. Orquestra Nova Philharmonia. Reg.: Lorin Maazel.

January 13:
19:00 NOVO MUNDO - A Música das Américas:
Carlos CHÁVEZ - Sinfonia Índia. The New World Simphony. Dir.: Michel Tilson Thomas./ Heitor VILLA LOBOS - Amazonas. Orquestra Sinfônica Simon Bolivar da Venezuela. Dir.: Henrique Arturo Dimecke./ Alberto GINASTERA - Concerto para cordas. I Musici de Montreal. Yuri Turovsky. / Augustin Barrios MANGORÉ - Julia Florida. Sharon Isbin. (violão).

January 14: 20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio Santos:

January 20: 23:00 NOTURNO:
Alberto NEPOMUCENO - Quarteto n° 3. Quarteto de cordas da Cidade de São Paulo. / Heitor VILLA-LOBOS -Trio n° 1 em dó menor. Artistrio.

January 21:
20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio Santos.

January 25: 13:00 DELICATESSEN com Kika Leoi:
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART - Sonata para piano No.3 em si maior KV 281 (189f). Karl Engel (piano). / Max BRUCH - Romance em fá maior para viola e orquestra Op.85. Gerard Caussé (viola). Orquestra da Ópera de Lion. Reg.: Kent Nagano. / Johann Joachim QUANTZ - Concerto em mi bemol maior para corno da caccia, oboé, cordas e continuo. Ludwig Güttler (corno da caccia). Andreas Lorenz (oboé). Solistas da Virtuosi Saxonae. / Heitor VILLA-LOBOS - "Ária (cantiga)" da Bachianas brasileiras No.4. Flavio Varani (piano).

January 26: 10:00 CIRANDA - Academia Brasileira de Música:
Luís Álvares PINTO - Te deum. XVIII-21 Musiques des Lumières./ Manuel DIAS DE OLIVEIRA - Tractus para Missa dos Pré-santificados/ Te Deum Laudamus. Ensemble Turicum / VILLA-LOBOS - Remeiro de São Francisco. / Viola quebrada / Improviso no. 7. Robert Buonfiglio (harmônica de boca). Orquestra de Câmara de Nova York. Dir.: Gerard Schwartz/ Milton NASCIMENTO - Canção amiga. Ricardo AMADO (violino), Flávio Augusto (piano)./ VILLA-LOBOS - Prelúdio de Bachianas 4/ Modinha / Melodia Sentimental. Carlos Barbosa Lima (violão)/ Laurindo ALMEIDA / Dante VARELA - Batuque. Carlos Barbosa Lima (violão)/ Ernani AGUIAR - Sonatina no. 2. Ernani Aguiar (piano).

January 28: 20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio Santos.

January 29: 13:00 DELICATESSEN com Kika Leoi:
Robert SCHUMANN - Fantasiestücke Op.73 para violoncelo e piano. Antonio Meneses (violoncelo). Gerard Wyss (piano). / Franz SCHUBERT - "Allegro vivace" da Deux Marches caractéristiques em dó maior, D 968 B, No.2. Yaara Tal e Andreas Groethuysen (piano). / Francesco CAVALLI - Lamento di Clori. Frederica Von Stade (mezzo-soprano) Orquestra de Câmara Escocesa. Reg.: Raymond Leppard. / Heitor VILLA-LOBOS - Desesperance. Davi Graton (violino). Scheilla Glaser (piano).

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Another Nonetto post

It's amazing what comes up on the web when you keep digging. I had seen a reference to the CD "Villa-Lobos em Paris", conducted by Gil Jardim, but the track list missed out the most important piece, the Nonetto. Here's the disc on the Brazilian music retailer Causa Sonora.

Jardim, it turns out, wrote the book O Estilo Antropofágico de Heitor Villa-Lobos, which I talked about in the previous post. He conducts an impressive group of musicians:

Quatuor
Toninho Carrasqueira, flauta - Dilson Florêncio, sax - Luba Klevsotova, harpa - Maria Elisa Risarto, celesta - Mara Campos, Reg. Preparadora do Coro Feminino - Gil Jardim, Regente.

A Prole do Bebê nº1
Nahim Marum, piano

Epigramas Irônicos e Sentimentais
Claudia Ricchitelli, soprano - Nahim Marum, piano

Pensées D'Enfant
Claudia Ricchitelli, soprano - Toninho Carrasqueira, flauta - Sérgui Burgani, clarinete - Watson Clis, violoncelo

Nonetto
Toninho Carrasqueira, flauta - Luis Carlos Justi, oboé - Sérgio Burgani, clarinete - Aloysio Fagerlande, fagote - Dilson Florêncio, sax - Silas Lima, harpa - Maria Elisa Risarto, celesta - Paulo Braga, piano - Elizabeth Del Grande, Ricardo Bologna e Eduardo Gianesella, percussão - Mara Campos, Regente Preparadora do Coro Misto - Gil Jardim, Regente.

The group of musicians includes the members of the Quinteto Villa-Lobos.

So, another disc with the Nonetto shows up, just when I'm complaining the loudest about not having one at hand.

O Estilo Antropofágico de Heitor Villa-Lobos

O Estilo Antropofagico de Heitor Villa-LobosA new book/CD-ROM has been published in Brazil: O Estilo Antropofágico de Heitor Villa-Lobos by Gil Jardim. This comes out of Jardim’s research at the University of Sao Paulo in 2002.

The book looks at the influence of Bach and Stravinsky on Villa-Lobos’s work, with a special focus on Bachianas Brasileiras #7 (according to this May 2006 article in Folha da Bahia.) I look forward to a closer examination of the book and CD-ROM, and puzzling through it with the aid of Google’s machine translation.

I’m hoping that I don’t get too many more translations like this one I came across in the Folha da Bahia article:

Fugas do cravo bem temperado = Leakage of carnation and temperate.

I don’t know enough about Portuguese to know why this happened. Machine translation is a work in progress, I guess. I’m not complaining; I couldn’t do so much of my Villa-Lobos work without it.

Nonetto (Impressao rapida de todo o Brasil)

The Nonetto is currently without a modern recording easily available in North America and Europe. I hope this will change shortly. Earlier this year, Conductor Adrian Leaper performed the Nonetto in Madrid with the RTVE Symphony & Chorus. Here is a reference to the concert, which was recently played on Spanish radio:

SÁBADO 17 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2007

06:00 ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA Y CORO DE RTVE
CICLO COMPOSITORES IBEROAMERICANOS (XI)
DIRECCIÓN: ADRIÁN LEAPER
ORQUESTA: ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DE RTVE
Desde el Teatro Monumental de Madrid, actuación de la Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE que, bajo la dirección de Adrián Leaper, interpreta "Sesemaya" de Silvestre Revueltas, "Nonetto, para coro y orquesta" de Heitor Villa-Lobos y "Serenata concertante Op. 40" de Juan Orrego Salas.

Cia Bachiana Brasileira DVDThere is a new Brazilian version of the Nonetto, from the Sociedade Musicale Bachiana Brasileira, available on CD and DVD. You can hear the Nonetto online on the excellent Bachiana Brasileira website (it's on the CD Obras Raras na Música Brasileira de Concerto - choose the final track in the Flash player.) The DVD is called Quadros de Uma Alma Brasileira, and you can preview four of the tracks online in low or high resolution. Unfortunately, the Nonetto video isn't online, but you can see and hear portions of the work on the Documentario (special features) portion of the site.

The works on the DVD were recorded almost exactly a year ago, December 15, 2005, at the Sala Cecília Meireles.

This is a very, very exciting project. I can't find a place on the website where you can order the CDs or DVDs directly, but read this recent post in Tumbling Villa-Lobos to find out about a Brazilian onine retailer who sells the DVD.

The CDs and DVDs on the Bachiana Brasileira website include many other rare Brazilian works; I'll be featuring it in a future post on the Magazine.

Nostalgia Alert!

There are two famous recordings of the work from the 40s and 50s; it would be great if both were re-issued.

On a Capitol LP (CTL 7037), the Roger Wagner Chorale and the Concert Arts Ensemble performed two chamber works with chorus: the Quatour and the Nonetto. The sound on the disc was demonstration quality; the final movement of the Nonetto was included on Capitol SAL-9020 "Full Dimensional Sound: A Study in High Fidelity."

Here is a citation to a contemporary review:

Review: [Untitled]
Reviewed Work(s):

  • Villa-Lobos: Nonetto, for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Harp, Celesta, Battery, and Mixed Chorus; Quatuor, for Flute, Harp, Celesta, Alto Saxophone, and Women's Voices by The Roger Wagner Chorale and the Concert Arts Players, Roger Wagner, Villa-Lobos

Author(s) of Review: Richard F. Goldman
The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Jan., 1954), pp. 157-158

Villa-Lobos thought very highly of Roger Wagner and his singers. Here's a quote from the official RWC website:

"Roger Wagner deserves all my admiration for his dedicated work...a notable achievement in technique and sound as well as perfect interpretation."

The second disc, "Festival of Brazilian Music," was released as a 78 rpm album by RCA Victor: disc #LCT 1143. In the Nonetto, Hugh Ross conducts the Brazilian Festival Orchestra and the Schola Cantorum. The album also includes Bachianas Brasileiras #1 (with Walter Burle Marx conducting the Brazilian Festival Orchestra); the Quatour (with the great Brazilian soprano Elsie Houston, soprano and Ross/Brazilian Festival Quartet/Schola Cantorum); and Cancao do Careiro (sung by Elsie Houston, accompanied by Miguel, piano). This album was recorded in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art and the Commissioner General from Brazil. Another record number for this set is Victor DM-773(5).

Here's a short review from the May 19, 1941 issue of Time Magazine:

A Festival of Brazilian Music (Victor; 10 sides; $5.50). First big phonographic collection of works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazil's No. i composer and one of the lustiest living. Beautifully recorded by Soprano Elsie Houston, the Schola Cantorum, conducted by Hugh Ross, a scratch orchestra under Burle Marx. Villa-Lobosities: a Bachiana Brasileira for eight cellos attempting to fuse the spirits of Bach and Brazil; a Nonetto for chorus and small orchestra, purporting to describe Brazil's geography.

So, besides the advantage of having the Nonetto on CD, a reissue of this set would provide us with another rarely heard work (the Quatuor), plus a chance to hear the legendary Elsie Houston.

Let's get to work on these re-issues, record companies!

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Check out this page on the Nonetto at the Heitor Villa-Lobos Website. It uses a new template for Villa-Lobos's works; some day in the future there will be a page on the site for each of the major works.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

More Digitization

As exciting as the previous post on the Villa-Lobos home movies was, here's an even bigger story.

Earlier this week conditional approval was given for a new project costing R$867,000 (about $490,000), which will digitize the orchestral and chamber music scores of Villa-Lobos, and make them freely available online and on CD-ROM. The focus of the project will be on the Symphonies (none of which is easily available in study score format). A catalogue of the works in the project will have a print run of 1,800.

The project will take place in 2008, and will be complete in time for the 50th anniversary of Villa-Lobos's death in 2009.

Villa-Lobos Home Movies

This isn't a new story, but I hadn't heard about it yet. Fifty hours of home movies from the 30s, 40s and 50s have been donated by Villa-Lobos's family to the Museu Villa-Lobos. The films, according to the story, will show "the intimacy of the family." Apparently the Museum is planning to digitize the films, and make them available in 2008.

Also included in the donation are 100 scores and 300 unpublished photos.

Villa-Lobos Concerts

Twenty years ago, we were in the middle of the Villa-Lobos Centennial celebrations. Here's a New York Times article that shows what kind of activity there was in those days.

Now that Villa is 120, we're right back in another mini-boom of VL concerts. Villa's star has certainly risen these past few years! I've re-started the Villa-Lobos Concert Calendar, and the dates are filling up.

I'm struck by a number of things. First of all, the concerts are coming from around the world: Asia and Europe as well as the Americas. Secondly, it's no longer just about Bachianas Brasileiras #5. Once rare works are being programmed in multiple concerts. Next year you can hear the Ciranda das Sete Notas for Bassoon and Orchestra in New York, Berlin and Sydney, and the Saxophone Fantasy in Winnipeg, San Antonio and San Jose.

As I dig into the web more deeply, I'll be coming up with lots more concerts, especially from South America. Check the calendar regularly, so you can plan your Villa-Lobos listening. Also, send me a note about concerts I've missed.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Experiencing Villa-Lobos Schedule

The schedule for the international Experiencing Villa-Lobos Conference in Richmond VA has been published on the conference website. Besides the paper presentations, which I'm sure will be fascinating, here are some highlights:

  • March 27, 2008, 8:00pm – Opening Concert featuring VCU faculty, alumni, and guest artists in Concert Hall (pianist Sonia Rubinsky will perform on this concert).
  • March 28, 2008, 9:30-11:00am – Sonia Rubinsky piano master class in Concert Hall.
  • March 28, 2008, 8:00pm – VCU Symphony Concert in Concert Hall featuring saxophonist Albert Regni.
  • March 29, 2008, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – String Master Class featuring members of Cuarteto Latinoamericano in Concert Hall.
  • March 29, 2008, 3:30pm – 5:00pm The Brazilian Guitar – from Villa-Lobos to the Present, featuring VCU faculty/alumni/students/guest artists in Concert Hall.
  • March 29, 2008, 8:00pm - Closing concert by Cuarteto Latinoamericano in Concert Hall.




The Villa-Lobos credentials of Sonia Rubinsky and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano are really solid - I've posted many times about both over the years. I wasn't familiar with the work of saxophonist Albert Regni, but learned lots more from this excellent Sons of Sound website. Nice to put a face to one of the people involved in the Twin Peaks music I love. Regni is Principal Saxophonist with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and New York City Ballet Orchestras, and also Professor of Saxophone at The College of New Jersey.

Villa-Lobos wrote beautiful things for saxophone, and not just his 1948 Fantasia for soprano or tenor saxophone and chamber orchestra (which I assume Regni will perform with the VCU Orchestra in Richmond). There are also these important chamber works featuring the saxophone:

  • the Sextuor Mystique, for flute, oboe, saxophone, harp, celesta and guitar (1917/1955)
  • Choros #7 for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, violin, and cello, with tam-tam ad lib. (1924)
  • Choros #3 for clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, 3 horns, trombone, or for male chorus, or for both together (1925)
  • the Nonetto, scored for flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, celesta, harp, piano, percussion, and a mixed chorus (1923)
And you can find many, many amazing bits for saxophone in the orchestral works. One of my favourites is in the first suite from the Descobrimento do Brasil (1938).

Friday, December 7, 2007

Native Brazilian Music

The Library of Congress 2006 National Recording Registry includes this recording project from the time of the Good Neighbour Policy.

Native Brazilian Music. Recorded under the supervision of Leopold Stokowski. (1942)

Leopold Stokowski and his All-American Youth Orchestra performed in Rio de Janeiro as part of a goodwill tour to South America in the summer of 1940. Prior to his visit to Brazil, Stokowski asked composer Heitor Villa-Lobos to help him collect and record popular Brazilian music, of which the conductor was a great admirer. Villa-Lobos assembled an elite group of musicians, including Pixinguinha, Donga, Cartola, Jararaca, Ratinho and José Espinguela. Forty recordings were made onboard the ship carrying Stokowski and the orchestra. Seventeen of the recordings, embracing musical styles such as sambas, batucadas, macumba and emboladas, were released in 1942 by Columbia Records on a 78-rpm album, “Native Brazilian Music".

The story of this recording project is told by Daniella Thompson in Stalking Stokowski. What a great example of research in action!

Here's a review and story from Time Magazine, March 16, 1942, following the record's original release. The project is also mentioned in Harold Lewis's Presença de Villa Lobos essay at the Villa-Lobos Website.

So we're left waiting for Sony to release this music on CD - I wonder if that will ever happen? In the meantime, here's a link to the original 16 tracks from the Som Barato MP3 blog. I'll continue watching for the 78s (or the Museu Villa-Lobos LP) on eBay.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Villa-Lobos in the blogosphere

This is neat, but I'm not sure exactly what real significance it has, if any. The Trend Tool on the icerocket.com search engine site shows you how many blog posts it finds for up to three search terms. In the last three months, there were 5,774 blog posts with the search term "Jobim" (an average of 64 per day - sorry, I mean 64.16 per day). For "Villa-Lobos", 1,542 searches, an average of 17 per day. For "Milhaud", 456, or 5 per day.

It's hard to see any trends over this period. I'll check out the numbers in early 2008, and see if they're changing.

By the way, was November 25 "Blog About Darius Milhaud Day"?

Here's another look at Villa-Lobos in the blogosphere, from BlogScope. This is a graph of VL posts in the past six months.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

A night of Brazilian classics

Performed by the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Blair, "A Night of Classics" was recorded live at Saint John's Smith Square, London, on 6 May 2004. The soloists were Fabio Zanon (guitar), Linda Bustani (piano), Claudia Ricitelli (soprano) and David Curry (tenor). You can listen in MP3 format.

Piano concertos in Cuba

It's raining piano concertos in Cuba. Following a very successful series of concerts and an award-winning disc of the five Villa-Lobos concertos, some of the participants are planning a series of the five Beethoven concertos in Havana, with the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra (OSM).

Friday, November 23, 2007

Villa-Lobos on BBC Radio 3

I've been posting upcoming Villa-Lobos performances on Cultura FM, which is an excellent source of Brazilian music. Here are a few interesting items coming up on BBC Radio3:

On BBC Radio 3's Through the Night, which often includes interesting concerts from Europe and beyond. November 27, 2007, at 5.56am (UK time):
Villa-Lobos, Heitor (1887-1959): Bachianas Brasileiras No 9 - The Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra in Poznan. Agnieszka Duczmal (conductor).
And later that morning: 6.56am:
Villa-Lobos, Heitor (1887-1959): Song of the Black Swan. Henry-David Varema (cello), Heiki Mätlik (guitar)

And this looks interesting!:
19:00
Performance on 3
28 November 2007
The Britten Sinfonia at the London Jazz Festival
With Martin Handley. One of Britain's leading chamber orchestras morphs into a big band for a jazz-inspired programme performed last Saturday as part of the London Jazz Festival. And one of Brazil's most celebrated vocalists, Luciana Souza, adds her brilliantly elastic vocals to the Miles Davis sound, with Radio 3's first New Generation jazz artist, Gwilym Simcock, contributing a new piece of his own.

Luciana Souza (vocals), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Alex Acuna (percussion), Britten Sinfonia, Gil Goldstein (conductor)

Villa Lobos, arr. Goldstein: Bachianais Brasilerias Nos 5 and 6, with much other music by Bach, Mompou, Gismonti, Jobim, Rodrigo, and others.

Villa-Lobos on Cultura FM: December 2007

Here are Villa-Lobos performances upcoming on Cultura FM from Sao Paulo. Listen here on the Internet. Times are local Sao Paulo times, one hour ahead of EST. The highlight of the month: the live performance of the first piano concerto performed by Nelson Freiere on the 18th (repeated on the 19th).

December 1:
10:00 CIRANDA - Academia Brasileira de Música: VILLA-LOBOS - A lenda do caboclo./ Ondulando. Sonia Rubinsky (piano). / Suíte para cordas. I Musici de Montreal. Dir.: Yuli Turovsky./ Jaime ZENAMON - Fantasias. Matias de Oliveira Pinto (violoncelo). Jaime Zenamon (violão) Radamés GNATTALI - Brasiliana no. 8. Sérgio&Odair Assad/ Egberto GISMONTI - Palhaço.Charlie Haden (contrabaixo). Jan Garbarek (saxofone) Egberto Gismonti (piano).

December 3:
20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio Santos: Trio n° 2, para piano e cello Monique Duphil, (piano), Lenuta Cinlei, (violino), Florian Ebersberg( cello) -Trio Villa-Lobos, Caracas./ Choros n° 7 Chamber Music Palm Beach./ Três Marias ( Alnitah, Alnilan, Nintika) Guiomar Novaes, (piano).

December 10:
20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio Santos: O Mundo das Crianças: A Prole do Bebe n° 2 - Francette e Piá Piano.

December 13:
15:00 TARDE CULTURA - Música e Notícia - Fabio Malavoglia: Entre outras obras, o Tema com Variações da Sonata op. 25 para bandolim e violão de Mauro GIUGLIANI, o Concerto da Camera em dó sustenido menor,op. 10 n° 2 de ALKAN e "Uirapurú", balé para orquestra de VILLA-LOBOS.

December 15:
10:00 CIRANDA - Academia Brasileira de Música: Mário TAVARES - Quinteto para instrumentos de sopro. Quinteto Villa Lobos. / VILLA LOBOS - Assobio a jato. William Bennet (flauta). Charles Tunnel (violoncelo). Glauco VELÁSQUEZ - Devaneio "sobre as ondas". Roberto Szidon (piano). / Radamés GNATTALI - Sonatina coreográfica. Aída e Radamés Gnattali/ VILLA-LOBOS - New York Skyline. Orquestra Sinfônica da Rádio de Suttgart. Dir.: Carl St Clair.

December 17:
20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS - com Turíbio Santos: Duo para oboé e fagote Petra Fluhr, oboé Ulrich Freund (fagote). /Bachianas Brasileiras n° 6 para flauta e fagote, Joachim Schmitz (flauta). Ulrich Freund, (fagote)./ Trio para oboé clarineta e fagote. Petra Fluhr (oboé). Johannes Moog. (clarineta). Ulrich Freund (fagote)/ Sonata Fantasia n° 1 para violino e piano. Ngagul Tumangelor (violino). Bojidar Noev (piano).

December 18:
13:00 DELICATESSEN - Kika Leoi: VIVALDI - Concerto em si bemol, Op.4 No.1. Arte dei Suonatori. / VILLA-LOBOS - Impressões Seresteiras. João Carlos Assis Brasil (piano). / Michael TIPPETT - Little Music. Guildhall String Ensemble. / GRIEG - "Sostenuto - Allegro Vivace" do Quarteto para cordas em fá maior. Quarteto de cordas de Oslo.

14:00 PIANÍSSIMO - O piano, seu repertório, seus intérpretes: STRAUSS: BURLESCA / VILLA-LOBOS: CONCERTO N°1 - NELSON FREIRE (ao vivo). Apresentação: Pianista e Professor Gilberto Tinetti. (repeated December 19, 01:00)

December 22:
15:00 MÚSICA DE CÂMARA: Richard WAGNER - Abertura de Tristão e Isolda. Ensemble Peter Buck./ Heitor VILLA-LOBOS - Ciranda das sete notas e aria das bachianas n° 5. Franck Morelli (fagote). Benjamin Verdery (violão)./ Charles IVES - Quarteto de Cordas n° 1. Emerson String Quartet. / Isaac ALBENIZ - Sonata n° 3. Albert Guinorat (piano)./ Carl Phillip Emanuel BACH - Concerto para Oboé, cordas e baixo continuo em si bemol maior. Burkhard Glaetzner (oboé). Nues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig.

16:30 OSESP AO VIVO - Gravações exclusivas realizadas na Sala São Paulo: John Neschiling, regente / Dezsö Ránki, piano. Silvestre Revueltas - Sensemayá. / Béla Bartók - Concerto n° 2 para piano. / Heitor Villa-Lobos - Bachianas brasileiras n° 4. / Ottorino Respighi - Pini di Roma. (Repeated December 23, 12:30)

December 24:
20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio Santos: Quarteto (1928) - Joachim Schmitz (flauta). Petra Fluhr (oboé). Johannes Moog (clarineta). Uhrich Freund (fagote). Sonata Fantasia n° 2 para violino e piano - Ngagul Tumangelov (violino). Bojidor Noev (piano). Trio n° 2, para piano e cello. Monique Duphil (piano). Florian Ebersberg (cello). Trio Villa-Lobos, Caracas . Choros n° 7 - Chamber Music Palm Beach

December 25 (Merry Christmas!):
06:00 A ESCRITA DE CÂMARA - Solistas e pequenas formações. Heitor VILLA-LOBOS -Trio para cordas./ Mozart Camargo GUARNIERI - trio para cordas. / Amaral VIERA - Quinteto para piano e cordas op.297. Ensemble Capriccio. Chouhei Min (violino). Korey Konkol(viola). Mina Fisher(cello). Artistas convidados:Max Barros (piano). William Schrickel(contra -baixo).

December 26:
07:00 DESPERTE COM OS CLÁSSICOS: KREISLER - Tamborim Chines. Jin Li (violino). Geoffrey Parsons (piano)./ COPLAND - Corral Nocturne, de Rodeo. Orquestra Sinfônica de St. Louis. Reg.: Leonard Slatkin./ RAVEL - Pavana para uma infanta morta. Orquestra Nova Philharmonia. Reg.: Lorin Maazel./ VILLA-LOBOS - Bachianas Brasileiras n° 5. Netania Davrath (soprano). Carl Stern (violoncelo). Orquestra Filarmônica de Nova Iorque. Reg.: Leonard Bernstein.

December 27:
06:00 A ESCRITA DE CÂMARA - Solistas e pequenas formações : Silvestre REVUETAS - Quarteto n°4. Quarteto n°2. / Alberto GINASTERA Quarteto n°1 op. 20. / Heitor VILLA -LOBOS -Quarteto N 17. Quarteto Latino Americano.

December 28:
13:00 DELICATESSEN com Kika Leoi: MOZART - "Allegro" do Divertimento III K.439b. The New World Basset Horn Trio. / VILLA-LOBOS - "Cirandas" das Bachianas brasileiras No.5. Lydia Kennedy, Frans Van Gurp (violões). / STRAVINSKY - Petrouchka, Burlesque em quatro cenas. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Reg.: Ricardo Chailly. / Georg WAGENSEIL - "Adágio" do Concerto para trombone e orquestra em mi bemol maior. Branimir Slokar (trombone). Orquestra de Câmara de Lausanne. Reg.: Jean-Marie Auberson.

December 29:
10:00 CIRANDA - Academia Brasileira de Música: Cesar CAMARGO MARIANO - Cristal. Yo-Yo MA (violoncelo). César Camargo Mariano (piano)/ VILLA-LOBOS - A lenda do caboclo. .Sérgio ASSAD - Menino Yo-Yo MA (violoncelo). Duo Assad. / Tom JOBIM - Lenda. Orquestra. Dir.: Roberto Minczuk. / Luís COSME - Mãe d´água canta/ Oração à Teiniaguá. / Brincando de pegar. Marcelo Guerchfeld (violino), Maly Weissemblum (piano). Waldyr AZEVEDO - Pedacinhos do céu. Nikolaj Znaider (violino), Emmanuel Pahud (flauta), Alex Klein (oboé), Larry Combs (clarinete), Robert Bassinger (contrabaixo), Cyro Baptista (percussão) , Daniel Barenboim (piano) .

12:00 CONCERTOS DO MEIO DIA com o maestro Walter Lourenção: As Bachianas Brasileiras n° 7 de VILLA-LOBOS por Betin Günes e a Orquestra Sinfônica de Izmir

December 30:
07:00 DESPERTE COM OS CLÁSSICOS: BEETHOVEN - Andante Cantabile con moto, da sinfonia n°2 em ré maior, op. 36. Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. Reg.: John Neschling./ BACH - Ária e Variações de 1 a 5, das Variações Goldberg, BWV 988. Andras Schiff (piano). / ALBÉNIZ -El Corpus en Sevilla, de "Iberia". Orquerstra Sinfônica de Cincinatti. Reg.: Jesús López-Cobos. / VILLA-LOBOS - Sexteto Místico. Antonio Carrasqueira (flauta). Luís Carlos Justi (oboé). Dilson Florêncio (saxofone). Cristina Braga (harpa). Maria Teresa Madeira (celesta). Turíbio Santos

December 31:
20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio Santos: Bachianas Brasileiras n° 4 - Pro Arte Guitar Trio./ Modinhas e Canções Vol. 1 e Vol.2 - Ane Maria Bondi (soprano). François Petit (piano).

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Elsie Houston on the web


I'm surprised I haven't come across this site before: The Annotated Ends Her Life: Elsie Houston. The Brazilian-born singer was a famous interpreter of Villa's songs.

"I was listening in my car to a CD of recorded opera singers from the 1930s and 40s titled, A Record of Singing. A few tracks in, amid conventional soprano interpretations of notable opera pieces, a stunningly weird song--pounding rhythmic piano and a swooping, shrieking voice. "What the hell?" I thought. I noted the track number. Five minutes later the back window of my Subaru wagon shattered.

"When I got home I looked up the track in the CD booklet. It was a Villa Lobos song (14 Serestas No. 8: Cancão do Carreiro) recorded by Elsie Houston and Pablo Miguel (piano) in 1941."

This is a fascinating story, very well told. Above: one of Carl Van Vechten's famous photos of the singer.

Houston is featured in the 1940 Time article on Villa-Lobos Choros in Manhattan. And more in this blog post; it will take me a while to decipher the Portuguese. The surrealist connection is fascinating.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Translating The Villa-Lobos Magazine

Now that I have Google Analytics turned on for the site, I'll be able to learn a lot about visitors to the Villa-Lobos Magazine. But it's clear already that Villa-Lobos is a global brand. Visitors to the Magazine last weekend come from 15 countries. In first place is Brazil, then the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, the U.K., and Italy. Other countries include the Netherlands, Nigeria, Spain, Belgium, Romania, Russia, Cyprus, and Japan.

I've long wanted my VL sites to be available in other languages - especially Portuguese. The state of real-time machine translation on the web has evolved over the years, and I'm pleased to be able to offer the Magazine in Portuguese, French, Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and German. Click on your favourite language in the Translate the Villa-Lobos Magazine section on the top-right section of the site.

I'm anxious to hear feedback about the translations, since my own other language skills are terrible. I can follow a hockey game on the radio in French, but that's mainly player's names and "...et le but!!!!" Let me know how this works. Go Habs!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Rádio UOL

Here is something really, really cool. Rádio UOL from Brazil gives you access to some fine recordings of Villa-Lobos. When you click on the link above, you'll get a list of VL albums. Click on the little page to the left of each album, to get a list of tracks:


Then click on the track you want to hear, or OUVIR TODAS AS MÚSICAS, at the bottom, to hear the whole album. The album above, by the way, is As Cirandas De Villa-Lobos, by pianist
Homero De Magalhães.

I also have enjoyed listening to the Three Cello Concertos, with the Orquestra Sinfõnica de Galícia, cellist Antônio Meneses, and conductor Víctor Pablo Pérez. These are beautiful pieces, not very well known.

There's lots more to explore - not the least of which would be the popular music of Brazil. Thanks to UOL!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Assobio a Jato on the Web

You can hear one of VL's great chamber works, from a September 2007 concert by Flutissimi at McGill University that's available on the CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand website.

Assobio a Jato is in three movements:

Timothy Hutchins plays flute, and the cellist is Brian Manker. The above links should play in a separate Windows Media Player window.

I love the Concerts on Demand archive page on the CBC site. It's starting to fill up with some really interesting concerts - especially after the Banff Internationl String Quartet Competition earlier this year. Also, check out the Angela Hewitt and Marc-André Hamelin concerts.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

VL on Cultura FM - November 2007

Here are Villa-Lobos performances upcoming on Cultura FM from Sao Paulo. Listen here on the Internet. Times are local Sao Paulo times, one hour ahead of EST.

Nov. 10, 2007
10:00 CIRANDA - Academia Brasileira de Música: VILLA LOBOS - Uirapurú. Orquestra Sinfônica da Paraíba. Dir.: Eleazar de Carvalho./ Egberto GISMONTI - Memória e Fado. / Água e Vinho. Marcos Vinícius (violão)/ Ricardo TACUCHIAN - Transparências. Richard Albagli (vibrafone). Max Lifchitz (piano)/ Claudio SANTORO - Estudo n° 1/ Duas Invenções a Duas Vozes / Três Prelúdios. Gilda Oswaldo Cruz (piano)

Nov. 11, 2007
19:00 NOVO MUNDO - A Música das AméricasHeitor VILLA-LOBOS - Choros n° 4. Quinteto Villa-lobos./ Aaron COPLAND - Suite Billy The Kid. Orquestra Sinfonica da radio Tcheca de Brastilava sob direção de Stepehn Gunzenhauser. / Francisco MIGNONE - Maracatu do Chico Rei. Orquestra Sinfoncia do estado de São Paulo sob direção de John Neschiling.

Nov. 12, 2007
20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio SantosSymphony n° 2 Ascenção Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart e Dança do Índio Branco: Jose Ed. Martins (piano).

Nov. 15, 2007
22:00 SALA DE CONCERTO.VILLA-LOBOS - Descobrimento do Brasil (Quatro suites). Orquestra Nacional da Radiodifusão Francesa. Reg.: Heitor Villa-Lobos. / GUERRA PEIXE - Museu da Inconfidência. Orquestra Sinfônica Jovem de Milwaukee. Reg.: Manuel Prestamo.

Nov. 19, 2007
20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio Santos.Sonata n° 2 ,Cello e piano ,Wolfgang Haufer (cello). Steven Swedish (piano). Suíte para voz e violino - A Menina e a Canção. Quero ser Alegre. Sertaneja. Jennifer Foster (soprano). Benny Kim (violino). 5 Prelúdios. Jodacil Damasceno

Nov. 24, 2007
10:00 CIRANDA - Academia Brasileira de Música.VILLA-LOBOS - Concerto para violão. Sharon Isbin (violão). Fialrmônica de Nova York. Dir.: José Serebrier./ Egberto GISMONTI - A fala da paixão. Sujeito a guincho. / Francisco MIGNONE - Valsas choro 1 a 6 Francisco Mignone (piano) / CAMARGO GUARNIERI - Suite mirim. Beatriz Balzi (piano).

Nov. 25, 2007
19:00 NOVO MUNDO - A Música das Américas.Alberto GINASTERA - Suite Panambi. Filarmonia Hungarica sob direção de Zoltan Rozsnyai./ Heitor VILLA-LOBOS - Sinfonia n° 6: sobre as linhas das montanhas do Brasil./ Guilhermo RIFFO - Suite Ritual de la Tierra. Orquestra Sinfonia nacional Juvenil do Chile. Dir.: Guilhermo Riffo.

Nov. 26, 2007
20:00 O BRASIL DE VILLA-LOBOS com Turíbio Santos.O Guia pratico por Clara Sverner- 11 cadernos.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Anna Stella Schic complete piano works

I recently blogged the news about the last two volumes of Sonia Rubinsky's 8-CD set of VL piano music. Here is another version finished: Anna Stella Schic's 7-CD set on Solstice Records.


Thanks to Borris Mayer for this. He also mentions that EMI is re-releasing the Batiz set of the Bachianas Brasileiras, complete. Here's the link at the UK Amazon site. While we wait for it in North America, why not download Barbara Hendricks' excellent BB#5 from Amazon MP3.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dean in Monterey


I'm off to present at the Internet Librarian 2007 Conference in Monterey, CA. I may not get a chance to post about VL much in the next week, but maybe I can listen to some music on the plane.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Villa-Lobos Store

After many years as an Amazon Associate at the HVL Website, I've finally taken the time to put together a proper Villa-Lobos Store. Of course, Amazon provides amazing tools now. This looks like it took a lot more time to build than it actually did. Does 40 minutes sound right?

Andy Summers at the Villa-Lobos Museum

Police guitarist Andy Summers visited the Villa-Lobos Museum in Rio de Janeiro in February 2003.

"Like many guitarists I have lived with this music through most of my playing life. Lived with these seminal works by Villa Lobos that sit in your head like a monolithic presence. Like a place you know and love, it is music that you invariably return to once again to take in its exotic aroma."

Here is his really interesting interview with the VL Museum Director Turibio Santos.

I've been listening to Summers' One Train Later on his OTL MySpace page. This is really cool! I love his story about Roxanne starting out as a Bossa Nova. Buy the book - you'll find out the significance of "The Farting Zombies".

Monday, October 15, 2007

October 16, 2007 concert in Nicosia, Cyprus

The Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen will be playing Brazilian music in Cyprus, I learn from this story in the Cyprus Mail.

His recital in Cyprus will comprise works by Alberto Nepomuceno, Alexandre Levy, Gnattali, Braga, Villa-Lobos, Nazareth, Dutra, Oswald, Guarnieri, Claudio Santoro, Francisco Mignone and Liszt.Arnaldo Cohen Recital. October 16, 2007. PASYDY Auditorium, Nicosia. 8:30pm. Tel.22-663871

Friday, October 12, 2007

New Sonia Rubinsky Recordings on the way

Pianist Sonia Rubinsky, recording session in Paris.
Photo courtesy of Nikolaos Samaltanos


It's fun checking out all of the VL activity on the web that I've missed out in the past couple of years. It's great to see that volumes 7 and 8 of Sonia Rubinsky's Naxos cycle of the complete Villa-Lobos piano music are slated for release soon. More information here.

Meanwhile, volume six is still only recently in release, and I've been enjoying listening to it on the Naxos Music Library. Here's the excellent liner notes, by James Melo.

Cristina Ortiz and Choros #11

I added a new CD profile to a new section of the HVL Website. It's a favourite disc of mine: the Ondine recording of Choros #11. This piece is one of those big, sprawling orchestral works Villa was turning out in the mid- to late-20s, like the Choros 8, 9 and 10, (though #11 has a large piano part - it's pretty much a piano concerto). None of these works is well-known; all are very rarely performed or recorded.

I came across this entry in Cristina Ortiz's journal on her website. She played Choros #11 in Brazil in November 2005, and was planning to record it with BIS in the following February. Here's what she had to say about the work:

"When asked to learn Villa-Lobos’ Choros # 11, the only information I had was its length, all of 65 minutes! But the moment I read two or three of the most beautiful themes he ever wrote, my decision was made and I never flinched: the pleasure I would get from playing them, carried me all the way! "

These were the concerts in São Paulo:

17, 18, 19 November 2005, São Paulo, BrazilSala São PauloOrquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São PauloJohn Neschling, conductorCristina Ortiz, piano
VILLA-LOBOS "Chôros" no 11, for Piano and Orchestra

In any case, the BIS recording never seems to have happened. I will have to send off a query, and see if it's "in the can", waiting to be released. That would be cool.

In the meantime, there's a newly-released VL Chamber Music CD from Cristina Ortiz, which I will glom onto and write about real soon.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Villa-Lobos Web Machine Grinds On

We're finally starting to move over the original content from the Heitor Villa-Lobos Website - first up in 1995 (!) at www.rdpl.red-deer.ab.ca/villa - and then at www.rdpl.org/villa.

The site has a new domain: http://www.villalobos.ca/ - check it out.

Meanwhile, I'm thinking about how to migrate the many blog postings here at the Villa-Lobos Magazine. This blog goes way back, too. The first post was six years ago, in October 2001.

Because I can't focus, there's a third site: Tumbling Villa-Lobos, at villa-lobos.tumblr.com, which I set up because I liked the look of tumblr.com (and I still do). Check it out!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The new site is going up

Go to the new domain for the Heitor Villa-Lobos Website - that's www.villalobos.ca.

It's up and running on Drupal (thanks, Cory!), and I'll be moving over all of the original content Real Soon Now (some of it goes back to the early 90's!).

Then it's time for new content!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

The Magazine

Hi all:

This is my first post to the VL Magazine in quite a while. In 2004 I ran out of time to do my Villa-Lobos work, always a free-time project from the beginning of this magazine in October 2001, and before that, the Villa-Lobos Website, which began in 1995.

Will I be able to resurrect either project? I'm not sure yet, but I want everyone to know the Villa-Lobos Website files (still a valuable resource, I think) have been moved to a new domain: http://www.villalobos.ca. I will be putting together proper referral pages from the old site - www.rdpl.org/villa - real soon.

Meanwhile, my great IT Librarian Cory Stier has constructed an awesome new Drupal-based Open Source website for my library, so I'm hoping I can move the VL Magazine posts that are still relevant to the new site.

New posts? We'll see.

Cheers from Red Deer...

Dean