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Bendita Sabedoria
composer
1958; written for the College Chorus of Mew York University
author of text
Proverbs 1: 20, 20: 15, 4: 7, 24: 5, 3: 13; Psalm 90: 12

Recordings
'Villa-Lobos: Missa São Sebastião & other sacred music' (CDH55470)
Villa-Lobos: Missa São Sebastião & other sacred music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55470  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
No 1: Sapientia foris praedicat
Track 7 on CDH55470 [3'05] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 2: Vas pretiosum labia scientiae
Track 8 on CDH55470 [1'37] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 3: Principium sapientiae
Track 9 on CDH55470 [0'39] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 4: Vir sapiens
Track 10 on CDH55470 [0'30] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 5: Beatus homo
Track 11 on CDH55470 [4'05] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 6: Dexteram tuam
Track 12 on CDH55470 [1'31] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Bendita Sabedoria
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A few weeks after the first performance in Rio de Janeiro of Magnificat-Alleluia, the College Chorus of New York University under Maurice Paress gave the premiere of Villa-Lobos’s very last a cappella choral work, Bendita Sabedoria (‘Blessed Wisdom’), which was dedicated to the University and written at the suggestion of Carleton Sprague Smith. Villa-Lobos, traveller in sound across the Brazilian landscape and great teller of myths and tales, finally confronts God in six chorales which set short Latin texts of Biblical wisdom. The music is spare, ritualistic, and static, and the simplicity of the Missa São Sebastião is recalled in gentle triadic harmonies; the arching, carefully controlled vocal lines highlight and reveal rather than obscure or decorate the eternal truths of the imposing Latin dictums. Wisdom, peace, and an acceptance of the life hereafter were eventually achieved by Villa-Lobos at an altar far removed from the festivities of his Brazilian Indians, or the edifices of his Choros compositions. Like his final String Quartet (No 17) of 1957, the textual economy of Bendita Sabedoria is astonishing, and the piece closes Villa-Lobos’s vast choral output with music of touching simplicity and grace.

from notes by Simon Wright © 1993

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Details for CDA66638 track 12
Dexteram tuam
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-63812
Duration
1'31
Recording date
9 January 1993
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Villa-Lobos: Missa São Sebastião & other sacred music (CDA66638)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: April 1993
    Deletion date: April 2012
    Superseded by CDH55470
  2. Villa-Lobos: Missa São Sebastião & other sacred music (CDH55470)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: June 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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