HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS (1863-1942): Symphony No. 3 "War", Symphony No. 4 "Victory".
Catalogue Number: 04O003
Description: The Third (1919) was meant to convey the composer's impressions and feelings of World War I and forms the first part of a trilogy. Using Villa-Lobos' customary large orchestra, the work begins with a first movement evoking normal life in peacetime; a short scherzo subtitled "Intrigues and Whispers" leads to the huge slow movement (almost half the length of the whole symphony) "Suffering" which depicts the horrors of war while the finale "Battle"continues the onslaught of devatastion and misery. The Fourth (from the same year) opens with pounding, raucous rhythms (including anvils being struck) before giving way to a second movement which quotes the Marsellaise in music of generally light, jubilant character; a third movement Andantino is a muted funeral march and the finale - twice the size of any other movement - works itself up into a massive triumphant peroration. São Paolo Symphony Orchestra; Isaac Karabtchevsky.