Let The Games Begin: A Playlist For Rio

August 5, 2016 3:25 PM

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Let The Games Begin: A Playlist For Rio

There was a superstar of Brazilian classical music before Villa-Lobos and his name was Carlos Gomes.

He enjoyed, according to Latin American ethnomusicologist Gerard Béhague, the "most brilliant career of any composer in the Southern Hemisphere in the 19th century." Gomes was Brazil's best opera composer, making his initial splash with Il Guarany — an opera that bravely tackled issues of race and l...

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