HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959): The Guitar Manuscripts, Vol. 3 - 12 Études, Tarantela (guitar version Andrea Bissoli), 14 Folksong Arrangements from Guia prático for Guitar and Ensemble (w/Ensemble Cirandinha. instr. Bissoli), O papagaio do moleque for Orchestra (Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra; Fabio Mechetti).
Catalogue Number: 07R005
Description: There’s an orchestral rarity on this disc of otherwise guitar music: the 14-minute tone-poem “The Little Boy’s Kite” from 1932. Dedicated to the dancer Sergei Lifar, it employs a characteristically large orchestra in a depiction of a kid flying his kite on a windy day. A battle ensues when a bunch of bad boys show up with fighter kites and orchestral drama follows. Only two other recordings ever existed: the composer himself with the Symphony of the Air (reissued twenty years ago on Etcetera) and a Brazilian radio recording from 1965 on the MEC label. And we should point out that the recording of the guitar études uses the original manuscript of 1928; a number of cuts, additions and modifications occurred between then and its 1953 publication. Andrea Bissoli (guitar).