O Raro Villa-Lobos


Orquestra Sinfônica do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, conducted by Sílvio Barbato



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Recorded live at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro on November 17, 2004, at the 42nd Villa-Lobos Festival, this disc is an important part of the Villa-Lobos legacy of the late Silvio Barbato, who was tragically killed in the Air France 447 disaster of June 2009.  (The other VL legacy of Barbato is, of course, his involvement as Musical Director of the important film Villa-Lobos: Uma Vida da Paixão.)

The disc is a treasure-trove of very infrequently performed and recorded works.  Listening to this disc I heard for the first time the early works Elegie (better known in its cello-and-piano version) and Naufragio de Kleonicos; and also the late work Odisseia de Uma Raca. 

More importantly, the disc includes two major late works that are hard to find: the second Sinfonietta, and the first Suite for Chamber Orchestra.  Both of these are masterpieces that should be much better known.

The disc, by the way, is a triumph.  The orchestral playing is first rate: a big deal in these orchestra showpieces!  The conducting is assured, and the production values for the disc from the Museu Villa-Lobos are first-class.

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