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Bachianas brasileiras No 6
Rio, 1938

'Villa-Lobos: Music for flute' (CDH55057)
Villa-Lobos: Music for flute
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Movement 1: Aria 'Chôro': Largo
Track 3 on CDH55057 [3'54] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Fantasia Allegro
Track 4 on CDH55057 [5'27] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Bachianas brasileiras No 6
The contrapuntal ambience of much true chôros music and its reflection in Villa-Lobos’s concert music merely served to underline his thesis of Bachianas Brasileiras and provides the unifying common denominator between the two great series of works. What Villa-Lobos wished to achieve in the nine Bachianas Brasileiras (1930–1945) was a rarefied chôros, paying homage both to Brazilian life as he saw it and to the greatest of his European predecessors, Bach. Directly related to Chôros No 2 was Bachianas Brasileiras No 6, a duo for flute and bassoon written in 1938, the first movement of which even borrows the word chôro for its subtitle. The esoteric and recherché devices employed by Villa-Lobos in this work, however, set it apart from Chôros No 2, and in spirit it looks forward to the great classical fugue that forms Bachianas No 9, or even to the purity of the final string quartets. Bachianas No 6 was first published in 1946 in a special anthology of Brazilian music which gives a particularly succinct picture of the country’s musical diversity at that time.

from notes by Simon Wright © 1989

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Details for CDH55057 track 4
Fantasia Allegro
Recording date
31 December 1987
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Villa-Lobos: Music for flute (CDA66295)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: July 1989
    Deletion date: October 2000
    Superseded by CDH55057
  2. Villa-Lobos: Music for flute (CDH55057)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2000
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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