Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The composer is impressed!

Villa-Lobos and Capitol Records Bob Myers listen to Duets with the Spanish Guitar
In 1958 the London, Ontario-born mezzo-soprano Salli Terri recorded an album entitled Duets with the Spanish Guitar, with guitarist Laurindo Almeida and flautist Martin Ruderman. The album received rave reviews, and went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, with a nomination for Terri's singing. The big hit on the album was this lovely version of Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5:

Earlier in her career Terri performed with the great choir the Roger Wagner Chorale. It was Wagner's daughter Jeannine who wrote an obituary tribute in the September 1996 issue of The Choral Journal, in which she cites "...a memorable rendition of Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras, which the composer considered the best recorded performance of this work." Villa-Lobos had lavished praise a few years earlier on Roger Wagner's recording of the Nonetto and Quatuor Symbolique: "Roger Wagner deserves all my admiration for his dedicated work...a notable achievement in technique and sound as well as perfect interpretation." I think Villa was happy during his California trips, and he seemed to appreciate the art and technology of Hi-Fi as well as high artistic standards in music. You can see it in his smile and expression of rapt attention in this picture!

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