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Villa-Lobos: Choros Vol. 3

David Hurwitz

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There is nothing to criticize here: it’s all wonderful. This final volume in BIS’s survey of the extant Choros pieces by Villa-Lobos (Nos. 13 and 14 are lost) offers in some ways the most interesting and varied assortment of the bunch. Introduction to the Choros features orchestra plus solo guitar, the latter splendidly played by Fabio Zanon. It’s a soulful, evocative piece full of good tunes and colorful scoring, and you’ll probably grow old and die before your local orchestra plays it live. Two Choros (Bis), a coda to the larger series of 12 numbered works, is a substantial pair of duets for violin and cello.

Choros No. 2 is another duet, this time for flute and clarinet; No. 3 is a brief chorus for male voices, winds, and percussion; No. 10 is a vibrant, primal piece for orchestra and mixed choir, while No. 12 is one of the composer’s grandest and most successful large works for orchestra (it lasts more than half an hour). As already suggested, the performances are all splendid, the sonics terrific. I’ve already listened to this disc a dozen times, and look forward to the next dozen. Don’t miss it. [11/20/2008]

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Recording Details:

Reference Recording: None

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS - Choros Nos. 2, 3, 10, & 12; Introduction to the Chorus; Two Choros (Bis)

  • Record Label: BIS - 1520
  • Medium: CD

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