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Complete Works for Guitar v.2 (Ondine)

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Timo Korhonen's two volumes of Complete Guitar Music really deliver the goods.  Besides the usual works for solo guitar (the Preludes, Etudes, Choros #01, and Suite Populaire Bresilienne, which fit onto one disc), Korhonen includes the Guitar Concerto, the rare Introduction to Choros, the amazing Sexteto Mistico for guitar and a small group of instruments, and some miscellaneous smaller pieces. 

This is all great, but in the end it comes down to great guitar playing, and there Korhonen excels.

Date Recorded: 
Thursday, November 30, 1995
Label: 
Ondine
Naxos Music Library #: 
ODE838-2
Artist: 

Timo Korhonen, guitar

Mansnerus, Ilpo - flute
Valjakka, Jorma - oboe
Lehtonen, Hannu - alto saxophone
Laivuori, Jouko - celesta
Kuusimaki, Anni - harp 
Freund, Pia - soprano

Cover: 

Ondine cover

Category: 
Chamber Music
Choros
Guitar

Complete Works for Guitar v.1 (Ondine)

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The first volume of the Complete Guitar works includes the Guitar Concerto, the Introduction to Choros, and the Etudes.

Timo Korhonen's recording of the Introduction to Choros was possibly the world premiere recording. He discusses the work in this interview: “Rally Driving and Villa-Lobos: Timo Korhonen talks to Colin Cooper”

"The Villa-Lobos world premiere recording in my collection is Introduction aux Choros, for orchestra and guitar, dating from 1929. After completing the Choros cycle, Villa-Lobos went on to compose an introduction to it along the lines of a traditional symphonic overture. This Introduction aux Choros is a kind of potpourri in which he draws on themes of previous choros compositions. The work generates a special tension by pitting the lyrical guitar against a large orchestra. The guitar is given several short solos sandwiched between longer orchestral passages. In the manuscript in 1929 the composer specified 'chitarra con microphone' It is difficult to understand why it has been performed so few times until today. The overture ends with the rising motive of the opening bar of Choros No. 1."

Date Recorded: 
Wednesday, November 30, 1994
Label: 
Ondine
Naxos Music Library #: 
ODE837-2
Works: 

Introduction to Choros

Artist: 

Timo Korhonen, guitar
Sakari Oramo conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Cover: 

Ondine cover

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Concertos
Guitar

The 5 Piano Concertos (Decca)

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It's great to have this very important set of the piano concertos back in a "Double Decca", though it's not discounted very much.  Still, it's worth the price for these elegant, authentic performances.

Date Recorded: 
Saturday, November 30, 1996
Label: 
Decca
Artist: 

Cristina Ortiz, piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Miguel Gómez-Martínez

Cover: 

Double Decca:

5 piano concertos cover

Original Decca disc cover:

original disc cover

Back cover:

back cover

Category: 
Concertos
Reviews: 

Lionel Salter's review in Gramophone, May 1992:

"This kaleidoscopic construction is colourful, often fascinating, and the sheer prodigality of his invention and his colossal energy, with extravagant textures and instrumentation, are extremely striking; but after a while, as with the gambols of a high-spirited puppy, one can't help wishing for more orderliness and less strenuous exuberance."

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Villa-Lobos Live! (Brana)

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Piano Concerto #5, Bachianas Brasileiras #3

Music by Guarnieri, Mignone

Label: 
Brana
Naxos Music Library #: 
BR0001
Artist: 

Felicja Blumental, piano
Filarmonica Triestina, Luigi Toffolo, conductor
Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Heitor Villa-Lobos, conductor

Cover: 

Villa-Lobos Live!

Category: 
Bachianas Brasileiras
Concertos
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National Chamber Players: Nonets and Septets

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Villa-Lobos: Choros #07

Works by Jaroch, Martinu, Stravinsky, d'Indy

Date Recorded: 
Saturday, November 30, 1996
Label: 
Klavier
Naxos Music Library #: 
KCD-11080
Works: 
Artist: 

National Chamber Players

Cover: 

Nonets and Septets - cover

Category: 
Chamber Music
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Chamber Music Palm Beach: Illuminations

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Villa-Lobos: Choros #07

Music by Jolivet, Malcolm Arnold, Clark McAlister, Paladilhe, Martinu

Date Recorded: 
Saturday, November 30, 2002
Label: 
Klavier
Naxos Music Library #: 
KCD-11135
Works: 
Artist: 

Chamber Music Palm Beach

Cover: 

Illuminations: cover

Category: 
Chamber Music
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Bassoon Images from the Americas (Albany)

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Heitor Villa-Lobos, composer
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6
Benjamin Coelho, bassoon, Tadeu Coelho, flute

Amelia Kaplan, composer
Blow, for solo bassoon
Benjamin Coelho, bassoon

Mario Lavista, composer
Responsorio in memorian Rodolfo Halffter
Benjamin Coelho, bassoon, Daniel Moore & Adam Grosso, percussion

John Steinmetz, composer
Etude No. 5
Benjamin Coelho, bassoon

Lawrence Fritts, composer
Pre-images for bassoon and tape
Benjamin Coelho, bassoon

Aylton Escobar, composer
Cantares para Airton Barbosa
Benjamin Coelho, bassoon

Francisco Mignone, composer
Sonata No. 1 for Two Bassoons
Benjamin Coelho, bassoon, William Jones, bassoon

Date Recorded: 
Sunday, November 30, 2003
Label: 
Albany
Naxos Music Library #: 
TROY608
Artist: 

Coelho, Benjamin; Coelho, Tadeu; Grosso, Adam; Jones, William LaRue; Moore, Daniel

Cover: 

Bassoon Images cover

Category: 
Chamber Music
Reviews: 

"Ben Coelho is one of the finest bassoonists of this young generation!" (International Double Reed Society)

"With character, vitality, and altogether victorious playing, Benjamin Coelho has assembled a repertoire...that he and his audience can relate to and learn from. ... I recommend this warmly."American Record Guide)

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Violin Music in Brazil (Dynamic)

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This disc includes Villa-Lobos's first two violin sonatas, plus pieces by Krieger, Miranda, Oswald

Date Recorded: 
Thursday, November 30, 2000
Label: 
Dynamic
Naxos Music Library #: 
CDS354
Artist: 

Claudio Cruz, violin, Nahim Marun, piano

Cover: 

Violin Music in Brazil

Category: 
Chamber Music
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Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2; Piano Trio No. 2 (Marco Polo)

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Read the liner notes at the Naxos site.

These two works were included on the programme of the Semana de Arte Moderna in Sao Paulo in 1922.

Semana de Arte Moderna

Date Recorded: 
Wednesday, November 30, 1988
Label: 
Marco Polo
Naxos Music Library #: 
8.223164
Artist: 

Monique Duphil, piano
Jay Humeston, cello
Antonio Nunez, violin

Cover: 

Cello sonata (cover)

Category: 
Chamber Music
Reviews: 

Reviews at the Naxos site.

Modern Music for Choir (BIS)

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Pergament: Visan (Song)
Pergament: Nu samlar Gud i sin hand (Now God Gathers in his Hand)
Lundquist: Afton
Carlsson: Intet ar som vantans tider (Nothing Compares With Waiting)
Welin: Fem dikter (Five Poems)
Nilsson: Ayiasma
Nilsson: Der Gluckliche (The Happy Man)
Salmenhaara: Kuun Kasvot (Faces of the Moon)
Rautavarra: Ludus Verbalis (Word Game)
Nystedt: De Profundis (Out of the Depths)
Olsen: Elsk din neste (Love Your Neighbours)
Villa-lobos: From Bendita sabedoria (Proverbs)
Johanson: Dilemma
Finzi: God is Gone Up

Listen to the CD on the Naxos Music Library

Includes movements I, II, IV, & V of Villa-Lobos's great choral work Bendita sabedoria.

Date Recorded: 
Saturday, November 30, 1991
Label: 
BIS
Naxos Music Library #: 
BIS-CD-4
Artist: 

Isacson, Einar; Lulea Chamber Choir

Cover: 

Modern Music for Choir cover

Category: 
Choral Music

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