Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner

Villa-Lobos: Instrumental and Orchestral Works

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AllMusic Review by James Leonard

Recorded over 20 years and featuring a fairly random selection of works, this two-disc set of the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos will still be welcome by fans of the composer for one simple reason: it contains performances by pianist Cristina Ortiz, perhaps the best pianist ever to tackle his music. Along with an exciting performance of the Fantasia for soprano saxophone and orchestra played by soloist John Harle with Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and an atmospheric performance of the Concerto for guitar and small orchestra played by soloist Angel Romero with Jesús López-Cobos conducting the London Philharmonic, this two-disc set also includes Ortiz's stunning performances of the Bachianas brasileiras No. 3 and Mômoprecôce with Vladimir Ashkenazy leading the New Philharmonia Orchestra, plus her staggering performances of 12 works for solo piano. What is it about her that makes Ortiz a great Villa-Lobos player? There's her unstoppable rhythmic energy, unbelievable technical virtuosity, incredible understanding of the music's unique fusion of classical and popular elements, and then there's her achingly beautiful tone, her refreshingly robust interpretations, and her apparently unlimited enthusiasm for Villa-Lobos' music. Any fan of the Brazilian composer who doesn't already have Ortiz's recordings should by all means hear these discs.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Fantasia for saxophone, 2 horns & strings, A. 490, Op. 630
1 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 04:44 Amazon
2 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 02:55 Amazon
3 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 03:02 Amazon
Guitar Concerto, A. 501
4 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 05:14 Amazon
5 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 07:52 Amazon
6 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 04:34 Amazon
A Prole do bebê (8), suite for piano, Book 1 ("A família do bebê"), A. 140
7 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 02:12 Amazon
8 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 01:33 Amazon
9 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 03:10 Amazon
10 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 01:23 Amazon
11 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 01:18 Amazon
12 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 02:07 Amazon
13 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 02:30 Amazon
14 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 01:44 Amazon
15 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 05:12 Amazon
16 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 05:22 Amazon
17 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 04:13 Amazon
18 Vladimir Ashkenazy / Jesús López-Cobos / Neville Marriner 06:27 Amazon
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