Villa-Lobos Songs: Filipa Van Eck and Albert Combrink in concert


" 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.