Choros #08

Appleby Catalogue W number: 
W208

Written in Rio in 1925, Choros #08 is one of Villa's great modernist works.  It was dedicated to Tomás Téran, who played one of the pianos in the premiere performance in Paris.

Choros #08 is one of the first modern works to take advantage of a "prepared piano", a dozen years before John Cage invented the term.  See this post in Tumbling Villa-Lobos for a report on a 1945 concert in New York.

Listen to John Neschling conduct the Orchestre Sinfonica de Sao Paulo in Choros #08 at Mbaraka Músicas (click on Villa, ainda)   

Year Composed: 
Category: 
Choros
Orchestral Works
Instrumentation: 
piccolo 2 flutes 2 oboes English horn
4 clarinets bass clarinet saxophone 2 bassoons
contrabassoon 4 horns 4 trumpets 3 trombones
tuba timpani tam-tam xylophone
triangle bombo cymbals tambor de campo
caixa chocalhos de metal caracaxa nuita
matraca celesta 2 harps strings
Scores: 

Published by Max Eschig in Paris. 

Recordings: 

It's great to have two three excellent performances of this difficult work available on CD:

Brazilian Extravaganza, with Eleazar de Carvalho (who studied with Koussevitzky) conducting the Paraiba SO, in a performance from 1988.

extravaganza 

...and the famous CD of Choros 8 & 9 (Naxos), with the late Kenneth Schermerhorn conducting the Hong Kong SO, on Naxos (originally on Marco Polo, from 1994).

 choros89_01

John Neschling conducts the Sao Paulo SO in this brand new disc from BIS.

bischoros

Performances: 

The premiere performance of Choros #08 was on October 24, 1927, in Paris.  The Orchestra "Concerts Colonne" was conducted by Villa-Lobos, and the two pianos were played by Aline Van Barentzen and Tomas Teran.

Modern performances of this huge work are rare.  There's only a single record in the Concerts database as of August 2008, a recent one at the best venue in the world for Villa-Lobos music: the Teatro Amazonas in Manaus .