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Villa-Lobos: Piano Music; RudepoOma; As TrOs Marias ()

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If one were to choose a single volume out of Naxos' edition of Villa-Lobos' piano music with the purpose of getting to know the great Brazilian's voluminous output in this genre, then you would make no better choice than this one, Villa-Lobos: Piano Music 6. This contains Villa-Lobos' largest scale masterwork for piano, the highly experimental and ambitious RudepoOma of 1921-1926 written for Artur Rubinstein, however this is wisely placed toward the end to make room for some of Villa-Lobos' more appealing and immediate creations. These include As TrFs Marias, an intoxicating set of etudes that helped make Villa-Lobos' reputation in the United States through a classic recording made for Columbia in 1941 by pianist Guiomar Novaes. There are also some lesser known works that exemplify Villa-Lobos' unique artistic personality -- his Saudades das Selvas Brasileiras (1927), which could easily pass for piano music written in the 1980s, and his remarkable Petizada (The Little Brats, 1912), where the idiom of... Hide synopsis

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