Monday, May 31, 2010

Sonia Rubinsky Contest, v.1 winner & v.2 review

The contest is now over; thanks, everyone, for participating!

Congratulations to Julio Garrido Letelier from Chile, the first winner of a CD from Sonia Rubinsky's complete set of Villa-Lobos's Piano Music on Naxos. Seven more discs will be awarded, one each week until the entire set has been sent out.  It's easy to enter: send an email to and tell me your favourite piano piece by Villa-Lobos.  If you've already entered, your name stays in the pool.

Disc 2: the winner will be drawn on Friday, June 4

The second disc was recorded in the following spring (April 2000). This time the venue was Grace Church on the Hill in Toronto, and the production team of Bonnie Silver and Norbert Kraft (yes, he's also the guitarist, and the guy who recorded my favourite of the millions of Villa-Lobos guitar CDs) did the recording, editing, and engineering. The second disc included music similar to the first. The second book of A Prole do Bebe, from 1921, and the Cirandinhas, from 1925, aren't at quite the same high level as the music on Volume 1, but still represent important achievements in Villa's piano music. The beautiful Valsa da Dor, from 1932, is also included.

Another winner, another 10/10 rating from Classics Today.

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