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Bachianas Brasileiras

Jian Wang plays Bach

Baroque textures
Brazilian melodies
Date Fri 12 Oct Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 1 hour 10 mins (no interval)

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 point.

"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.

Bachianas Brasileiras

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.

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PROGRAM
  • VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas brasileiras No.1
  • JS BACH Cello Suite No.1 in G
  • JS BACH Air on the G String
  • VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas brasileiras No.5
  • CHEN QIGANG You and Me
Artists:
  • Jacqueline Porter soprano
  • Jian Wang cello
  • Cellists of the Sydney Symphony
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