Thursday, June 4, 2015


The excellent new Naxos recording of Symphony #12 with OSESP and Isaac Karabtchevsky includes the cantata Mandu-Carará and the ballet Uirapuru, one of Villa-Lobos's finest early works for orchestra. This piece is based upon an Indian legend about a legendary bird of the rain-forest called the Uirapuru. The Uirapuru is an actual bird, which sounds like this:

Here's what Villa-Lobos makes of the song: