Music of Heitor Villa-Lobos

November 24, 2019, 9:00 am

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The concertos and chamber works on this album show Heitor Villa-Lobos’s unceasing enthusiasm for new colors and sonorities in his music. The Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra was his last work for the instrument and written for Andrés Segovia. A cornerstone of the repertoire, it contains soaring melodies and rhythmic vitality couched in virtuosic writing. Exploring the instrument’s full harmonic and chromatic possibilities, the Concerto for Harmonica is also deftly orchestrated. New and daring sonic combinations are heard in the two chamber works (Sexteto Místico, Quinteto Instrumental), demonstrating the composer’s extraordinary gift for seductive lyricism.