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Le Repas du Lion by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)
Track(s) taken from CDH55057
Recording details: December 1987
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1989
Total duration: 19 minutes 2 seconds

'[A] box-full of ingenious vitality' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A disc of outstanding artistry' (The Good CD Guide)

'A disc of pure delight from beginning to end. Another example of why Hyperion gets my vote as the most innovative record label. Full marks!' (Which CD)

Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
Rio, 1921

Animé  [6'34]
Languisamente  [7'30]
Vivo  [4'58]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon is considered by many Brazilian commentators to be the most important chamber work by the composer written to that date, consolidating as it did the chôros-like experimentation made in similarly scored works dating from 1916 onwards. Always fascinated by the raw sounds of wind instruments, Villa-Lobos here indulged in harmonic clashes, rhythmic dexterity, and dynamic extremes, all charged with a particularly Brazilian ethos. Contrapuntal ingenuity is more than evident, especially in the final movement, reminding the listener that the Bachianas Brasileiras were even now struggling for birth.

from notes by Simon Wright © 1989

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