A work of genius: The Discovery of Brazil
Matsuo Basho | Mexico | 09/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Discovery of Brazil was a work written by Villa-Lobos for a film that would commemorate the foundation of Brazil by the Portugese in the 16th century. This is one of the few works I have had the priviledge of hearing it for the first time in a live concert, which was the premiere of the work in North America which took place in summer of 2004, a rather late date for such an old score. Despite all the music is not of even quality, this CD is worth entirely its price only of the final number -The First Mass- where Villa-Lobos mixes a Gregorian Chant, which symbolizes the European credo, and the indigenous chants of the natives in the Amazonas, this mix symbolizes the merge of the cultures. I think this is the only record available of this work, which makes it more recomendable (since the recording made by Villa-Lobos himself has not gone into the market). A great work, and an essential for those lovers of Villa-Lobos' music."