Bach provides the inspiration, Brazil
provides the sunshine and massed cellos provide the colour.
In this concert, cellist Jian Wang will be joined by the cello
section of the Sydney Symphony for a program that takes
Villa-Lobos' exotic melting pot of styles as its starting
"Mestizo" they call it - a meeting of European and native
traditions - and this is what's going on in the Bachianas
Brasileiras when Villa-Lobos spins Brazilian melodies in
baroque textures. The most famous and poetic of these is No.5:
eight cellos joined by a "lovely songbird" in a moonlit sky.
The warmth and richness of the cello sound continues in music by
Bach himself, original and with a difference.
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