HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959): Transcriptions for Chorus - Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Book 2, No. 9 in E, J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E Flat Minor, BWV 853, Fugues in C, BWV 846, in B Flat, BWV 866 and in D, BWV 883, Preludes in B Flat Minor, BWV 867 and in F Sharp Minor, BWV 883, Schumann: Träumerei, Schubert: Ständchen, Chopin: Waltz No. 7 in C Sharp Minor, Rachmaninov: Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Massenet: Élégie, Beethoven: Adagio cantabile from Piano Sonata No. 8 “Pathétique”, Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9 (all First Recordings except BWV 853 and Bachianas).
Catalogue Number: 02W061
Description: Choral music holds a central position in Villa-Lobos’s catalogue of works, but among these famous pieces is a series of little-known transcriptions for a cappella choir taken from the standard classical repertoire. They were intended for a teachers’ chorus and for use in schools, and through astonishing alchemy they achieve a true ‘orchestration’ of largely piano originals, adding a fresh new repertoire for vocal ensembles. São Paolo Symphony Choir; Valentina Peleggi.