The Little train of the Caipira was inspired by a ride that Villa-Lobos took in 1931 on a train that was transporting berry-pickers and farm laborers between villages in the Brazilian province of Sao Paolo. Within and hour he had completed the last movement (toccata) and that very night he and his wife played the movement on cello and piano.
Alberto Ginastera, Argentina's most celebrated composers, wrote "Estancia", a one act Ballet in five movements, as a commissioned composition in 1941. It was not performed in ballet form, however, until 1952 in Buenos Aires. "Panambi" composed in 1936, and another ballet suite in five movements, is based on a South American Indian legend. Its primitive element is most spectacularly evident in the second movement which is scored for percussion and brass only and in the last movement "Dance of the Warriors" which works up to a tremendous final climax.
This Classic Records faithful reissue features original artwork and labels and includes an "old style tip-on" jacket to add a touch of authenticity.