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VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 4 (Rubinsky) - Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 / Children's Carnival

Composer(s):Villa-Lobos, Heitor
Artist(s) Rubinsky, Sonia, piano • Rankovich, Tatjana, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.555717
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The hugely prolific Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos was fiercely independent of any one compositional style or influence, yet his work is unified by a unique synthesis of Brazilian and Western cultures. The present volume offers three single works and four cycles or suites. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, heard on this recording in its original version for piano, interprets the legacy of J.S. Bach in the light of very specific features of Brazil’s traditional music. Children’s Carnival and Francette et Piá, the story of a little Indian boy from Brazil who went to France and met a French girl, are two of several collections inspired by or written for children.


Review By ,Piano News,January 2010


Review By Chang Tou Liang,The Flying Inkpot,January 2009

The strengths of Villa-Lobos lie in his simplicity and childlike music. No matter how complex and noisy the music or orchestration gets, the melodies within him never cease to flow…Naxos’ edition of Villa-Lobos’ piano music has reached its fourth volume. Thus far, Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky has chosen to spread out the goodies so that major and minor works are heard alongside for contrast…Rubinsky is able to readily switch modes—from virtuoso, to minstrel, to child charmer. It is this versatility of composer (and pianist) that makes such complete volumes of music—however uneven or variable—such a joy to discover and behold. At Naxos super-bargain asking price, the pleasure is more than multiplied.


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