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VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 (Sao Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2012


Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Karabtchevsky, Isaac

Isaac Karabtchevsky



Sala Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 68:17
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VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 (Sao Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky)

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Symphony No. 6, "On the Outline of the Mountains of Brazil"

1 I. Allegro non troppo 6:56
2 II. Lento 11:52
3 III. Allegretto quasi animato 4:11
4 IV. Allegro 5:50

Symphony No. 7

5 I. Allegro vivace 7:03
6 II. Lento 14:08
7 III. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo 7:20
8 IV. Allegro preciso 10:57
 Isaac Karabtchevsky Conductor
 Karabtchevsky, Isaac

Heitor Villa-Lobos is generally acknowledged as Latin America’s foremost nationalist composer and his best known works, such as the Bachianas Brasileiras (Naxos 8.557460–62), have tended to overshadow the rest of his work. Symphony No 6, which launched his mature symphonic style, derives some of its themes from the contours of Brazilian hills and mountains, in a process devised by the composer to obtain a melody from an image by means of a graphic chart. The Symphony No 7 is scored for a huge orchestra and is one of the composer’s most ambitious and significant statements. Both works represent the composer’s powerful desire to invent a specifically Brazilian idiom. This is the first volume of a complete cycle of the Villa-Lobos Symphonies.


"... Congratulations to Naxos on a promising start to a courageous venture..."
Michael Round - International Record Review - November 2012

"...Karabtchevsky makes Villa-Lobo’s zig-zagging, lopsided melodic line sound as boldly and brashly sculpted as Mount Rushmore ..."
Phillip Clark - Gramophone magazine - January 2013

                              Artistic Qality 9       Sound Quality 9
"...Villa-Lobos’ 11 symphonies…are the least known of all of his orchestral works, for the simple reason that they largely avoid folkloric elements. This doesn’t mean that they are austere…The textures are as lush and exotic as anything in his output…Repeated listening confirms that the composer knew what he was doing, and both of the symphonies offered here feature slow movements of truly striking beauty and atmosphere. In other words, they are well worth getting to know, and ideal for concentrated attention at home. CPO has a fine complete symphony cycle available featuring Carl St. Clair and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. The São Paulo Symphony is a much finer ensemble, and Karabtchevsky’s performances are far more persuasive here. The sonics are rich, full, and remarkably clear given the music’s density. This is going to be fun."

David Hurwitz - - October 2012

"Superior music ... not a tune to be whistles," Villa-Lobos’s description of a symphony’s ingredients certainly matches these two colourful works."  ****

Daniel Jaffé - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - December 2012

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