Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
National Symphony Orchestra: Jesús López-Cobos, conductor: Thursday - Camané & Carminho, fado (Portugal) / Fri. & Sat. - Juanita Lascarro, soprano (Colombia) & Javier Perianes, piano (Spain) - Mar. 5 - 7, 2015
Spain's Jesús López-Cobos conducts two programs: one featuring Portuguese fado plus works by Turina and Albéniz (Thu.), another celebrating composers from Spain and Brazil (Fri./Sat.).
About the Work
When Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote his nine Bachianas brasileiras, he intended them primarily as homages to Bach. His music often shows the strong influence of Brazilian folk music, and in these pieces, the Brazilian rhythms and idioms are combined with counterpoint and harmony directly inspired by Bach's music. To conclude tonight's program, we will perform the first movement, Aria, from the Bachianas brasileiras No. 5, undoubtedly the most famous of this cycle. The arrangement for violin, guitar and piano was created by Stefan Malzew.