Villa-Lobos Sound Files on the Web

 

November, 2004:

Please note that the Villa-Lobos Website is no longer being updated.

This resource will remain on the RDPL server.

There is now a wealth of sound files of Villa-Lobos music available on the web, in a variety of formats: RealAudio, WAV, MP3 and others.  Taken together, they represent a valuable resource to help people learn more about the music, and to make informed buying decisions.
 
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I have put together a number of links to some of these sound files, most of which are available on the servers of online CD vendors.  I will of course not point to any sites that do not have proper permission and copyright notices - i.e. "pirate" music sites. 
Through many of these links, you will have the opportunity to buy CDs online.  I encourage you to buy from the sites which which the Heitor Villa-Lobos Website has affiliate arrangements: Amazon.com and CDNow.  Web commerce with these well-respected sites should be reliable, quick and trouble-free.  For more information, go to the Villa-Lobos Book & Record Store page.

 

Piano Music

See the Ricardo Peres page for music clips from the Dance of the White Indian and Odeon CDs, containing music by Villa-Lobos, Guarnieri, Ginastera and Nazareth. Coming soon: his new Brahms/Beethoven/Bach disc! 

Roberta Rust's Villa-Lobos CDs on Centaur include such important pieces as the Bachiana Brasileira no. 4, the Choro no. 5 and Rudepoema.

The Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky has recorded two very well-received CDs for Naxos in a proposed series of the complete piano music of Villa-Lobos.  Here is a mono version of Choros 5 (Alma Brasileira) in RealAudio format.

Bachianas Brasileiras

The Bachiana Brasileira no. 5 is, of course, the most popular piece by Villa-Lobos - it shows up on dozens of CDs in many different arrangements.  A 30-second clip is just barely enough to get a flavour for an interpretation of the famous Aria, but here are various interpretations and arrangements: 

Bidu Sayao, on a Sony CD. 
Sally Terri (with Laurindo Almeida in Villa-Lobos' own arrangement for soprano & guitar).  This famous and much-loved interpretation is on an EMI Classic CD; unfortunately, CDNow has mislabled the RealAudio sound clip on this page - click instead on track 02 (Piece on forme de Habanera.) 
Trio Sonata's interesting arrangement for oboe, flute and guitar, on a Boston Skyline CD. 
Barbara Hendricks, on an EMI Classics CD.  This page includes a clip of the second Dansa movement as well as the usual Aria, as well as clips of each of the movements of the first Bachiana Brasileira. 
Mady Mesple, on another EMI Classics CD.  The CDNow site includes clips from Bachiana Brasileira no. 2. 
Anna Moffo (with conductor Leopold Stokowski) added to this Julian Bream album.  CDNow have again mis-labelled the slips: Moffo sings on selection 04. 
 

Other clips of Bachianas Brasileiras: 

#2 and #4 (in Villa-Lobos' own arrangment for orchestra): a Telarc CD conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos. 

#1 is originally for 8 cellos.  An interesting arrangement for 4 guitars is included in the recent CD entitled "Essencia Do Brasil", by the Brazilian Guitar Quartet.  The amazon.com page includes sound clips of this piece and a couple of Guarnieri's Four Pieces.

Concertos

 Clips from each of the Guitar Concerto's movements as well as the cadenza, as played by Wolfgang Weigel on a Koch Schwann CD, are available here

Goran Söllscher's CD on DGG includes the guitar concerto as well as the popular Fantasia para un gentilhombre and Concierto De Aranjuez by Rodrigo.  Musicblvd's page includes MPEG2 clips. 

Robert Bonfiglio's website includes a clip from the Harmonica Concerto: a very fetching piece.

Orchestral Music

One of the first symphonies available in a modern recording was the 6th Symphony, with Roberto Duarte conducting the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) on a Marco Polo CD.  The Marco Polo site has the entire 6-minute first-movement Allegro of the symphony on its RealAudio Jukebox. 

A famous Leopold Stokowski album has been re-issued on CD by Everest.  Here are short clips from Uirapuru and Modinha. 

The excellent recent Chandos CD by I Musici de Montreal and Yuli Turovsky includes the relatively obscure Suite for Strings. 
 

Chamber Music

You can hear some relatively obscure, but very beautiful, Villa-Lobos chamber music on this Marco Polo CD with David Apter, piano, and Rebecca Rust, cello.  The CDNow site includes clips from such gems as the Pequena Suite, a Capriccio, Elegie and Preludio for cello & piano.  These clips give a real flavour of this music. 

This Arts CD includes the Choros no. 2, Bachiana Brasileira no. 6 and a duo, trio and quartet for various wind instruments.

Guitar Music

Clips from each of the Guitar Concerto's movements as well as the cadenza, as played by Wolfgang Weigel on a Koch Schwann CD, are available here

Goran Söllscher's CD on DGG includes the guitar concerto as well as the popular Fantasia para un gentilhombre and Concierto De Aranjuez by Rodrigo.  Musicblvd's page includes MPEG2 clips. 

Robert Bluestone's music sample page includes the entire Etude #3 in RealAudio format, as well as 45-second clips of the Etude and the Prelude #3 in MP3 and RealAudio formats.  Bluestone's site, by the way, is excellent.  I'm really looking forward to trying his Red Chile Enchilada Casserole recipe

An excellent new website promotes a new CD of guitar music entitled "Heitor Villa-Lobos and Friends" by Benjamin Bunch.  The site includes an MP3 format file of the 2nd Prelude - one of Villa-Lobos' most popular pieces.  Besides the Villa-Lobos pieces, the CD includes music by Ponce, Segovia, Milhaud, Carlevaro and Silva. 

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