Friday, August 7, 2009

August is Villa-Lobos String Quartet Month

This began as a comment to my review of the new Dorian box-set of the complete String Quartets, but I think it deserves its own post.

August 2009 is indeed a big month for the 17 String Quartets of Villa-Lobos. Besides the release of the superb box-set of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and their Mexico City performance of the complete cycle later this month, we have another performance of all of the string quartets. This one is at the Museu Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro, and it's by the Quarteto Radamés Gnattali, on August 12-13, 20-21, and 27-28.

Actually, I was wrong about the August concerts. I can't imagine how I screwed this up. Cariocas will have to wait until November for their complete cycle.
The Quarteto Radamés Gnattali will perform the complete string quartets on the following dates:
  • At Museu Villa-Lobos: November 10, 13, 24 and 28
  • At Sala Guiomar Novaes (a small auditorium located at Sala Cecília Meireles): November 16, 18 and 21
Thanks to Marcelo Rodolfo from the Museu Villa-Lobos for the correction and the new information.

The Gnattali Quartet website includes streaming audio of the Poco Animato movement from the sixth quartet from their Quadro Brasil CD.

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