• Works for guitar

On this new disc, guitarist Pascal Boels plays a selection of music by Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa–Lobos, including the 12 Etudes, 5 Preludes, the Suite populaire bresilienne, and the Choros No. 1.

The tracks are as follows:


  • Etudes for Guitar, W 235 Nos. 1-12 (complete)
  • Preludes (5) for guitar
  • Suite populaire brésilienne
  • Chôros No. 1 for guitar

Performed by Pascal Boëls (guitar)

The guitar works of Villa-Lobos represent a small part of the composer’s overall output of more than a thousand works, but they show the three main sources of his inspiration: the beauty of his native Brazil; the music of Bach; and his European friends, with whom he was connected in the Paris of the 1920s, with such friends including Varèse, Picasso, and many others.

Villa-Lobos has become known as the most popular and most significant Latin-American composer of the 20th century. And now we have another virtuoso, the Frenchman Pascal Boëls, who plays the 10-string guitar, and who brings us the preludes and all the Villa-Lobos works for solo guitar, with this excellent recording.

In summary, this CD is a near 80-minute recital of the complete works for solo guitar by Villa-Lobos. It is something special, as complex in its way as Bach’s suites for solo cello.

Here is the JS Bach – Suite BWV 1012 for violoncello (Sarabande), as transcribed for 10-string guitar:



And now here is a video of VILLA-LOBOS Etude pour guitare N°2 par Pascal Boëls


Tags: Pascal Boëls, Villa-Lobos, 10-string guitar

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