Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Soni Ventorum plays Villa-Lobos

 Bill McColl sent me this email before Christmas:
Nine woodwind pieces are now available for free download in mp3 format. The material consists of live location recordings and out-of-print commercial recordings by the Soni Ventorum Quintet. (The Trio performance has been running for a long time in ogg format on the Wikipedia site.)

Visitors to this site scroll down to find Villa Lobos:


The group had a long connection with the works of Villa Lobos and a great devotion to them. A high point was meeting Mindinha in Rio.
Thanks so much for this, Bill!  These performances include all of Villa's chamber music for winds:
  • Choros #02 for flute and clarinet
  • Trio for clarinet, oboe, and bassoon
  • Choros #07 for flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, violin, and cello
  • Quinteto em forma de choros
  • Quartet for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon
  • Duo for oboe and bassoon
  • Bachianas Brasileiras #6 for flute and bassoon
  • Fantaisie Concertante for clarinet, bassoon, and piano
Many of these performances appeared on Pandora LPs in the 1970s and 80s (such as the LP pictured above, MHS 3187).  Others are from later recordings of live concerts.   Thanks so much to Soni Ventorum for making this important archive available to music lovers around the world!

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