The summer 2017 issue of Classical Guitar Magazine (classicalguitarmagazine.com) mentioned the 60th anniversary (in 2016) of the premiere of the Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra (1951) by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) on February 6, 1956.

A long-time favourite of music-lovers, the great Brazilian’s guitar output is often part of the TOP 100 of the guitar’s most recorded music:

TOP 4 Chôro No. 1 in E minor (1920)

TOP 9 From Five Preludes (1940): Prelude No. 1 in E minor

TOP 16 From Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 (1947): Aria (cantilena)

TOP 17 From 12 Studies For Guitar (1929): Study No. 11 in E minor

TOP 22 From Suite Populaire Brésilienne (1908-1912): I Mazurka-Chôro

TOP 75 Distribuição de flôres (1932) W 381

My wish for the future is to see his Concerto be part of the TOP 100. At the time of publishing Guitar’s TOP 100, I could only find 27 recordings of this marvellous piece !

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