Editors' Notes With this sixth album, Karabtchevsky and the impressive Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo complete their Villa-Lobos symphony cycle. These first two symphonies are highly contrasted: No. 1 looks to Europe, but is already infused with the Brazilian flavor that makes Villa-Lobos’ music so distinctive and appealing. A vivid rhythmic life, gorgeous colors, and plenty of atmosphere are its prime characteristics. Russian music is more in evidence in the Symphony no. 2, and it enriches Villa-Lobos’ color palette. The slow movement is particularly striking, introducing a unique brand of melancholy that would become one of the composer’s signatures.

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Symphony No. 1, Op. 112, W. 114 "O Imprevisto"
Symphony No. 1, Op. 112, W. 114 "O Imprevisto": I. Allegro assai moderato
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Symphony No. 1, Op. 112, W. 114 "O Imprevisto": II. Adagio
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Symphony No. 1, Op. 112, W. 114 "O Imprevisto": III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
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Symphony No. 1, Op. 112, W. 114 "O Imprevisto": IV. Allegro con brio
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Symphony No. 2, Op. 160, W. 132 "Ascenção"
Symphony No. 2, Op. 160, W. 132 "Ascenção": I. Allegro non troppo
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Symphony No. 2, Op. 160, W. 132 "Ascenção": II. Allegretto scherzando
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Symphony No. 2, Op. 160, W. 132 "Ascenção": III. Andante moderato
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Symphony No. 2, Op. 160, W. 132 "Ascenção": IV. Allegro
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