Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
National Symphony Orchestra: Iberian Suite: Jesús López-Cobos, conductor - Mar. 5 - 7, 2015
Spain-born conductor Jesús López-Cobos leads works by Albéniz and Turina. Thursday's program also includes Portuguese fado with singers Carminho and Camané, while Friday and Saturday also features music by C. Halffter and Villa-Lobos.
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.