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  Villa-Lobos: Floresta do Amazonas - Neschling
  Heitor Villa-Lobos: Floresta do Amazonas (Forest of the Amazon)

Anna Korondi (soprano)
São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra & Choir
John Neschling (conductor)
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Review by Norm July 14, 2010 (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
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This is an outstanding disc which brings forward a piece most will not know. Very much in the vein of the Bachianas Brasileiras. The original creation of this music was for the classic film Green Mansions. No one told Villa Lobos that you have to tailor the music to the film. So he showed up in Hollywood with a completed score before the film was shot. A few of his themes were used by Bronislaw Kaper in the final score.

Villa Lobos later took the music and created this score about the Amazon. It is for men's chorus, large orchestra and soprano. This is lush romantic music with haunting melodies (especially the songs the soprano sings).

The recording itself is excellent with great playing by the Sao Paulo Symphony. The BIS 5.0 multichannel sound is certainly up to their great standards. Rear channels are used for ambience which fits and allows the orchestration to sound through the climaxes.

Really reccomend this one.

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Review by JJ December 23, 2010 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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The colossal catalog of works by Villa-Lobos is impressive in that it includes about a thousand opuses in all categories of music. “This considerable production, however uneven,” states Alain Poirier, “reminds us of his unique talent as an orchestrator and colorist, whom Messiaen admired. His style, easily recognizable, was the fruit of a melodic sense that was highly supple, and which could nevertheless attain summits of complexity in its polyphonic development.” “Amazon Forest,” dating from 1958, is a work composed on poems by Dora Vasconcellos, and whose orchestral part was revised by Roberto Duarte. The nearly eighty-minute score is a small jewel one has to hear in order to discover and learn more about the Brazilian composer’s rich universe. John Neschling and his Sao Paulo orchestra have made a landmark recording that cannot be ignored.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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