Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Sao Paulo Samba|
Actors: Ginastera, Piazzolla, Neschling, Mantiquera, Orquestra Sinfonica
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Neschling has performed miracles in Sao Paulo
B. Guerrero | 07/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Indeed, this beats the pants off of any New Years programs from Vienna or Berlin (although, I really liked the George Pretre one from two years ago). But this also takes some explaining.
There ARE some "classical" works on here, such as the concluding "Malambo" from Ginastera's "Estancia Dances"; Choros #10 by Villa-Lobos (the cool one, with the chanting chorus; Tilson-Thomas recorded it on RCA), and the "Batuque" by Fernandez (Bernstein recoded this pleasant diddy). But in addition, there are number of works that border on popular Brazilian music. Some of them will be familiar to most any listener, such as the famous "Aquarela do Brasil", which receives a sort of jazz/classical fusion treatment ala Lalo Schiffrin. In addition to bringing in the lovely sounding Brazilian vocalist, Monica Salmaso (much closer to the soft stylings of Astrud Gilberto or Bebel Gilberto, than to the jazzier and/or more fiery stylings of Elis Regina, Gal Costa, or Joyce), there's also a jazz ensemble which, quite truthfully, is much closer to being a true Choros ensemble. They're simply called Banda Mantiquera. My guess is that they get tons of studio work in Sao Paolo. Anyway, a good chunk of the numbers are these sort of crossover originals - ala Schiffrin - that fuse the Sao Paulo Symphony (let's just call them that, instead of their much longer name) to this Banda Mantiquera. Truthfully, "Sau Paulo Choros" might have been a more accurate title than "S.P. Samba". But the Choros remains a close cousin to both bossa nova and samba. Many of the numbers are fast - very fast! - and there's no shortage of virtuosity to go around the room. That brings me back to Neschling.
Also included is a very interesting interview with John Neschling, who's a distant descendant of Arnold Schoenberg. The Brazilian government awarded him the job to completely rebuild the #1 orchestra in Sao Paulo. His first move was to find, or build, a first class concert venue in Sao Paulo. They searched for a long time, but then stumbled upon the fact that a large portion of a very large rail station wasn't being used (sounds like L.A.'s beautiful Union Station). Out of this unused portion, they managed to make a very beautiful and very functional concert building. In addition, Neschling has spent a great amount of his tenure digging up neglected works by numerous South American composers. As many will know, Neschling and his Paolistas have already recorded many of the large orchestral works of Villa-Lobos for the BIS label. For the most part, they're outstanding. All of this is quite interesting coming from a man who looks as though he might be more interested in recording Schoenberg's "Begleit Musik fur eine Lichtspielszene", than the complete Villa-Lobos "Choros". He may love conducting samba and choros numbers, but he's not about to join a samba school either. None the less, his sincerity isn't to be doubted in the slightest, as he truly has performed miracles in Sao Paolo: the orchestra is outstanding and fully virtuosic in every conceivable way. Neschling also does an excellent job of explaining the close relationship of Brazilian composers, such as Villa-Lobos, and popular Brazilian music in general.
So, if you're looking for something livelier than the "Kaiser Walz"; "Geschicten aus dem Wienerwald", or "The Blue Danube" for your next classical music party, get this!"
Experience the music!
A. Lupu | Rochester, MN USA | 07/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What an extraordinary New Year's Eve concert! The title is some how misleading, the concert is a serious one with classical as well as crossover Brazilian music, the accepted norm in Brazil, that includes the samba melodic and rhythm characteristics. Composers from Argentina and Brazil are represented. The music is modern, vibrant, with incredible sounds and rhythms, and most important: beautiful and well performed.
Listening and watching this DVD you are rapidly embedded in the joy the orchestra, the chorus, the conductor and the audience express in their music. A real treat for those of us who don't live in Brazil. I can only hope that next year's concert will be even more exciting and a DVD will be produced for all to enjoy.
Bravo, Bravo, Bravo
John Whitehead | New Zealand | 07/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are only a few concerts that come up to the standard of this concert (I have just finnished listening to this for the first time and I'm over the hill!!!)Its an absolute MUST HAVE for any eclectic music lover 10 STARS, ENJOY"