Sunday, March 7, 2010

Choros no. 6

From the 30th Annual Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordão in July 1999, Roberto Tibiriçá conducts the Festival Orchestra in Choros no 6, one of Villa's greatest works.   Part 2 is here, and part 3 is here.


  1. What a coincidence! I just finished writing a comment in a classical music fans community, telling that I feel Tibiriçá's recording of Choros nº 6 as one of the greatest accomplishments in orchestral conduction I have known in my whole life (about 54 years, counting the time I heard Walter Goehr's recording of Beethoven 6th from the womb... I thonk also you are right: Choros nº 6 is one of the best Villa-Lobos' compositions. I fell in love with it through a 1986 Lorin Maazel recording - but it seems only Tibiriçá got to give BOTH "visibility" to the full richness to give of detail (including some rhythmic features precisely as they happen on the streets, bars, escolas de samba, popular ball rooms) AND an amazing feeling of organic integrity to the whole.

    (But I confess it is difficult I had come to this recording if it were not shared at , if you would like to know)

    Thanks for your precious work, always!

  2. Thanks, Dean, for posting those Choros 6 clips. Tibiriçá has, of course, recorded the work with the Petrobras orchestra on the Biscoito Fino label (BF 531). The CD also has pieces by Wagner Tiso (Cenas Brasileiras) and Tom Jobim. Weirdly, the liner notes claim that the Petrobras recording, made in April 2002, is the world première: "Esta è a primeira gravação mundial do Choros 6, até então inédita fonograficamente". I think Karabtchevsky, Maazel and, of course, V-L himself. might have something to say about that!

  3. One possibility occurs to me that may account for the liner comment I referred to in my previous comment. They may mean that it is the first recording of Choros 6 to include the revisions and corrections made by Roberto Duarte. But even so, the point could have been made more clearly and precisely. Incidentally, Wagner Tiso's Cenas Brasilieiras is a highly enjoyable score, a 41-minute suite, well worth hearing. Tiso went on to produce a CD in homage to V-L's Mandú-Çarará, another work crying out for a new recording.

  4. The Biscoito Fino website shows the Wagner Tiso-Choros 6 CD as now out of print, so it's good to have these downloads available, as Ralf says.