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VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 3, "War" and 4, "Victory" (Sao Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky)

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release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Karabtchevsky, Isaac

Isaac Karabtchevsky



Sala Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 63:09
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VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 3, "War" and 4, "Victory" (Sao Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky)

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Symphony No. 3, "A guerra" (War)

1 I. Life and Labour: Allegro quasi giusto 6:26
2 II. Intrigues and Rumours: Movimento vivo 4:40
3 III. Suffering: Lento e marcial 14:05
4 IV. The Battle: Allegro impetuoso 6:35

Symphony No. 4, "A vitoria" (Victory)

5 I. Allegro impetuoso 6:36
6 II. Andantino 6:11
7 III. Andante 7:24
8 IV. Lento - Allegro 11:12
 Isaac Karabtchevsky Conductor
 Karabtchevsky, Isaac

Villa-Lobos’ War and Victory Symphonies were commissioned by the Brazilian government following the end of the country’s involvement in World War I. Using very large orchestral forces, and conveying the composer’s feelings about the conflict with no sense of triumphalism, the two Symphonies display a confident use of unusual and evocative effects, such as the collage of fragments of the Brazilian national anthem and La Marseillaise in the ‘Battle’ movement of the Third Symphony. Villa-Lobos’s Symphonies Nos 6 and 7 can be found on Naxos 8.573043 in “superb…full-blooded” performances. (

 "A simply outstanding recording of two magnificent and scandalously neglected music, both symhonies dating from 1919 ... the music is important and he performances are superb, as is the recording quality. A truly significant issue."  *****=EXX   (Exceptional)

Robert Matthew-Walker - Musical Opinion - November/December 2013

                  ***** - (Exceptional Disc)

Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine - September 2013

           Artistic Quality 10     Sound Quality 10
"...both beautiful works, indulgently scored, but not overlong. They last only about half an hour each, are full of incident, and so they make a perfect coupling.
These performances are even better than the first release in this ongoing cycle. Isaac Karabtchevsky really seems to have woken up as an interpreter now that he has a fine orchestra under his baton. The “War” symphony is even livelier than the competition (on CPO), and the strings of the São Paulo Symphony seem quite comfortable with the composer’s strange ostinatos and dense, but often light, textures. Make no mistake, this is not easy music to play, and its relative lack of popularity is easily explained by the dearth of obvious Brazilian folk elements. But these are serious and enjoyable works, and it’s great to see them getting the attention they deserve from the composer’s compatriots. Terrific."
David Hurwitz - - July 2013

 "... recommended for the excellent playing of the São Paolo Symphony ..."

Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare July/August 2013

 "...Issac Karabtchevsky and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra clearly relish every note of this music and these discs are landmarks in the recorded history of Brazil’s best-known composer."

Ivan Moody - International record Review - June 2013

                      Music  **** (Very Good)               Sound **** (Very Good)

Giselher Schubert - Fono Forum magazine - June 2013

                   ****  Good

Rémy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - May 2013

"...These new performances present both symphonies in the best possible light, the playing the most refined these works have had on disc..."

Guy Rickards - Gramophone magazine - May 2013

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