John Neschling conducting the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Cristina Ortiz, piano
This brand new disc is the first in a projected series of the complete Choros, from BIS, the Swedish independent record company that has served Villa-Lobos exceptionally well.
John Neschling conducts the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Choros #11, with the able support of pianist Cristina Ortiz. Ortiz also plays solo piano in Choros #5 "Alma Brasileira", and players from the Orchestra play Choros #7.
Read my post on The Villa-Lobos Magazine.
Andrew Clements's review in The Guardian is quite positive: "...one is swept along by the scale and exuberance of it all."
Great review from Classicstoday.com's David Hurwitz: "The work is one of the composer's major masterpieces, and with brilliant sonics, you'd have to be crazy not to buy this disc if you have even a shred of interest in Villa-Lobos." I appreciate Hurwitz's full disclosure - that he once played the off-stage tam-tam part in Choros #07.
From Diapason, #557: "Le vaste Chôros n° 11 de Villa Lobos est un fleuve large et puissant. John Neschling le met en flacon, avec la science d'un génial parfumeur."