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Behind the Playlist with Conductor Simone Menezes

conductor Simone Menezes, sitting with hands folded
Daniela Cerasoli
courtesy Simone Menezes
conductor Simone Menezes

Originally written as a Hollywood soundtrack, Heitor Villa-Lobos's epic musical portrayal of the Amazon almost never went past the manuscript. It has a new recording thanks to enterprising conductor Simone Menezes, who also invited inspiration from legendary photojournalist Sebastião Salgado.

In this interview, hear about bringing the work back to life, as well as what other parts of the world Menezes would set to music.

Colleen is the Music Director and host for LPM Classical. Email Colleen at colleen@lpm.org.

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