Saturday, September 1, 2012

Choros #06 restored

In 1954 Villa-Lobos visited the recording studio in Berlin, and the result was an LP with Choros #06 on one side, and Bachianas Brasileiras #7 on the other.  The LP shows up occasionally on eBay, but I know it as a Kuarup CD re-issue from 2005. Now we have a new transfer/restoration of the Choros from Naxos Classics, which is unfortunately only available for download and streaming on the Naxos Music Library (and also unfortunately unavailable for copyright reasons in the US).

The new sound is a major improvement. Though Villa-Lobos didn't have as much time to rehearse with the German orchestra as he did in his later Paris recordings with L'Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise, this has the same authenticity that comes with the composer at the podium. The preferred recording of Choros #06 remains the recent BIS CDs with John Neschling conducting OSESP. But this is worth a listen & a download.

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