by Villa-Lobos -
'... skill and commitment ...'
The Newest Grove is not much interested in the Villa-Lobos symphonies. The
work-list manages to count to twelve, but the main article gets only to five, with a
line on No 4 and half as much on the rest. This has the inestimable advantage of
making a careful hearing of the music obligatory, and one is the more grateful to
the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart for this exploration of works that should
have come off the shelf years ago. Symphony No 12 was written in 1957, some years
before composers finally decided to write mostly for the delight of those confined
to that ancient tourist attraction, Bedlam.
Copyright © 4 September 2004
Robert Anderson, Cairo, Egypt