" O vosso canto vem do fundo do Sertao, como uma brisa amolecendo o coracao" - "Your songs come from the depths of the forest, like a breeze softening my heart." These words by Brazilian poet Manuel Bandeira - speaking of a beloved to a bird in the forest - could apply to Villa-Lobos. His vocal music has not been adequately explored in recital or on recordings. Putting together a selection of songs is not an easy task. But there is much of value and beauty to explore. A concert-tour to Mozambique with soprano Filipa von Eck was the perfect opportunity to explore these delightful works.
Preparing a recording of this work for Voice and Piano turned out to be more complicated than anticipated. Creating a performance version required exploration of not only other arrangements, but a thorough examination of what we as artists, had to contribute.
There are many different arrangements of Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Braisleiras #5 in print and in recorded media. Here is a selection of Youtube clips of versions in different styles, genres and voice-types.