Villa-Lobos Total Immersion Composer day
Guildhall musicians and faculty to perform as part of BBC Symphony Orchestra celebration of Brazilian composer
The BBC Symphony Orchestra completes its 2013-2014 Total Immersion series at the Barbican with a day devoted to the works of Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, involving students and faculty from the Guildhall School, on Saturday 8 March.
With the countdown well underway for the Rio World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, all eyes are on Brazil. Villa-Lobos was inspired as much by his beloved Bach as he was by improvising in cafes, on street corners and other centres of Rio's elaborate night life where he began his musical career. Never adhering to academic norms, he was twice thrown out of the Paris conservatoire. Yet after his appointment in 1930 as director of music education in Rio de Janeiro, he became the representative of Brazilian music throughout the world. Villa-Lobos remains one of the most maverick and larger-than-life iconoclasts, whose music gave expression to a vibrant new polyglot culture.
Highlights of the Total Immersion day include Guildhall School Musicians joining in the celebrations of Villa-Lobos’s music, performing chamber music including his quintets and Assobio a Játo for flute and cello in the Concert Hall at Milton Court at 1pm - you can buy tickets for this concert here. Also showing is Humberto Mauro’s 1936 film Descobrimento do Brasil, exploring the history of his country. As prolific in his choral works as his instrumental music, the BBC Singers perform his choral masterpiece Bachiane brasiliera No. 9, led by Brazilian conductor Celso Antunes alongside a selection of Etudes for Guitar from New Generation Artist, Sean Shibe.
The debut Parisian performance of Chôros No. 10 provoked a storm, with one critic writing, ‘it is art…to which we must give a new name’. This piece is the finale of the evening concert, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra joined by the BBC Symphony Chorus under the baton of Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo. Guildhall professor of piano Martin Roscoe and pianist Kathryn Stott play Chôros No.8 for two pianos and orchestra, and soprano Anu Komsi performs the popular Bachiana Brasileira No. 5; completing a day of choral, chamber, and orchestral music rarely-heard outside of Villa-Lobos’s native Brazil.
Programme: Saturday 8 March
11.00am Talk, Cinema 2
Simon Wright introduces the music of Villa-Lobos
1.00pm, Concert, Milton Court
Quinteto (em forma de chôros)
Assobio a Játo (Jet Whistle)
Songs for voice and piano
Guildhall School Musicians
Film, 3.00pm, Cinema 2
Descobrimento do Brasil, Humberto Mauro's film telling of the claiming of Brazil for Portugal in 1500, with music by Villa-Lobos. Shown in Portugese with an introduction in English by Simon Wright.
Concert, 5.00pm, Milton Court
Duas Lendas Amerindias em Nheengatu
O Salutaris Hostia
Bachianas brasileira No. 9
Selection from 12 Etudes for Guitar
Sean Shibe guitar
Paul Brough conductor
Concert, 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Descobrimento do Brasil Suite No. 4 - Primeira missa do Brazil
Descobrimento do Brasil - Primeira missa no Brazil
Chôros No. 8, for two pianos and orchestra
Bachiana brasileira No. 5, for soprano and cello ensemble
Chôros No.10, for chorus and orchestra
Anu Komsi soprano
Martin Roscoe piano
Kathryn Stott piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor