Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Aeanan from Norway

I don't often get to listen to Villa-Lobos music I've never heard before. This is Aeanan, a vocalise, from the new CD by the Norwegian boys' choir Sølvguttene. I can't find any reference to this work in the Villa-Lobos repertoire; can anyone help? I love the bird calls!

One thing we know: Villa-Lobos knows his way around a vocalise!

Update: No mention of this piece by name in Villa-Lobos Sua Obra, 2009. But there are 12 Vocalises in one of Villa's choral collections; I expect it's one of those.

Update #2: Thanks to Tiago Arruda in São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil, who got the answer to this from Marcelo Rodolfo at the Museu Villa-Lobos. This is the choral version of the tune Pintor De Cannahy from the first volume of Guia Prático (1932).

Villa-Lobos used the same tune in building one of the pieces from his Cirandas. Here's Sonia Rubinsky playing this piece, from the first volume of her Complete Piano Works:

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bachianas Brasileiras no. 1 at the Philharmonie

From the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic play Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras no. 1.

Thanks to Rodrigo Roderico for the heads-up on this.