Monday, February 19, 2018

Wind Band Music from Latin America

This is exciting: a new Chandos disc of music for wind orchestra from Latin America, due to be released on April 23, 2018, which includes two important late works by Villa-Lobos.

The Concerto Grosso for Wind Quartet (flute, oboe, clarinet & bassoon) and Wind Orchestra is from Villa-Lobos's last year, 1959. There are a few recordings available, including a Latin Grammy-winner from Naxos with Jose Serebrier conducting "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. The 1958 Fantasia em Tres Movimentos (en Forma de Choros), has only a single recording, a world premiere, available from the University of Pennsylvania Music Department.

Villa-Lobos had a real knack for wind band music, and the different sonorities make these works more interesting than some of the more routine commissioned works from the 1950s. I have high hopes for the new Chandos disc. Once I get a chance to hear it, I'll report on it here, and post a full review at Music for Several Instruments.

1 comment:

  1. That's great news. I love these two works for wind orchestra. Brazilian conductor Marcelo Jardim made very beautiful non-commercial recordings of these pieces conducting the Wind Orchestra of the UFRJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro). One can listen to his recording of the Concerto Grosso on the link below: