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Saturday, September 17, 2016 Permalink

The Bachianas Connection

Bach through a Brazilian perspective


For all intents and purposes, he is 20th century Brazilian classical music. And yet the titles of his nine most famous works all bear the name of an even more famous German composer of the 18th century.

In this hour, an exploration of the Bachianas Brasileiras of Heitor Villa-Lobos—nine works that reflect his Brazilian heritage, and his lifelong admiration for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. 

CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Bach/Bachianas [for Prelude No. 22 In B Flat Minor (cellos), Bachianas Brasileriras No. 1, Yale Cellos Delos C/CD 3041 013491304120
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier [for Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor] Andras Schiff Decca 478 0391 028947803911
Alma Brasileira [for Bachianas Brasileiras #4, #7, #9] New World Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas RCA Victor 09026-68538-2 706301070420
Bachianas Brasileiras2, 4, & 8 [for Bachianas Brasileiras #2] Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos Telarc CD-80393 089408039324
Bachianas Brasileiras (Complete) [for Bachianas Brasileiras #3, #6, #8] Jose Feghalii; Nashville Symphony, Kenneth Schermerhorn. Naxos 8.557460-62 747313246021
Bach: Orchestral Works & Concertos [for “Royal Theme” from Bach’s The Musical Offering. ] Robert Kohnen, La Petit Bande Harmonia Mundi 88697683852 886976838522
Villa-Lobos [for Bachianas Brasileiras #5 – Aria] Jill Gomez, Pleeth Cello Octet Hyperion CDA66257 034571162577
Hush [for “Air on the G String’] Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma Sony SK 48177 07464481772
Bach/Stokowski [for orchestrated Bach Fugue In G Minor] Unnamed orchestra, Leopold Stokowski EMI Classics 7243 5 66385 2 5 724356638525

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