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VILLA-LOBOS Saint Sebastian Mass

This CD highlights one of the most important compositions of Brazilian sacred music of the a capella' genre: the Saint Sebastian Mass, composed by the greatest of our composers, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Few choirs in the world have endeavored to record it, and very few choirs in Brazil have interpreted it. Therein lies the importance of this undertaking by the Female Choir - Collegium Cantorum - and the pride with which we present it to the public.


Scores are available for free download


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Explanatory notes and texts in Portuguese, English and German.

This CD will allow the listener to have an idea of Brazilian Christmas, with the possibility to taste the several musical flavors found all over our wide country. There are works from several Brazilian composers, such as José Vieira Brandão, Ernani Aguiar, Artur Iberê de Lemos, José Alberto Kaplan, among others. According to the song that introduces this CD, Brazilian “chorinho”, “at this Christmas, let’s celebrate the Lord in a very original and different way…”, we present the Brazilian way to celebrate ”with lots of singing, dancing and cheering”. We have highlighted the works of composers from State of Paraná, such as Brasílio Itiberê, Rodrigo Herrmann, Ítalo Todeschini, Henrique de Curitiba, José Penalva and Bento Mossurunga, who contributed in a crucial manner to the formation of a whole generation of musicians from this State. It would be possible to listen this music being sung by families, children, at the schools and communities. Others songs, in their turn, go through more contemporary paths with their unknown sonorities, and others, yet, lead us to far countries, which have influenced us with their culture and sonority. All this is Brazil, land of all people, and this CD is our contribution to celebrate this Christmas, adoring, rocking, “singing and dancing and worshiping the divine infant!”.

Scores are available for free download


Echo, resonance, response to an upper impulse!
An internal vibration translated into sounds,
Reflecting the Creator Himself?
Inspired melodies devote to God
An echo of praise for His restoring touch!

"Echoes of faith in the Brazilian soul" offers a view of sacred musical expression found in Brazil throughout times. With the sound records of unpublished works, it starts with three “Our Lord”, with music from three different composers and several esthetic concepts. The central work of this document is the Mass of Neukomm, a portrait of the sophisticated musical and religious activity in Brazil by the time D. João VI and his royal court lived in Rio de Janeiro. Other more contemporaneous works with different theological and esthetic approaches lead us to a reflection on the sacred and its repercussion on the human life.