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Fernandes, Freitas Branco / da Costa, Amigo, et al

Album Summary

>Fernandes, Armando José : Concerto for Violin in E minor
>Branco, Luis de Freitas : Symphony no 2 in B flat minor
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Alexandre Da Costa is a young Montreal-based violinist who has taken the international concert stage by storm. His debut ATMA recording is a salute to his roots and features music by two Portuguese composers, Armando Jose Fernandes and Luis de Freitas Branco. The latter's Sinfonia is representative of the Neoclassical style that contributed to a renaissance in Portuguese concert music. Fernandes' violin concerto was composed in 1948 and is the perfect vehicle to demonstrate Da Costa's superb talent. Winner of many prestigious national and international first prizes Da Costa's career is soaring, with recent engagements with several European and Canadian orchestras.

Gramophone Magazine
Amigo's reading of the Portuguese Branco's Second Symphony (1926)...offers cause for celebration. Not only is the performance compelling but the score itself is another charmer. Armando José Fernandes's Violin Concerto is less immediately appealing, though I found that repeated listening revealed countless felicities. Urgently recommended to those who yearn to wander off the beaten track.



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>Armando José Fernandes (1906 - ) : Concerto for Violin in E minor
  • Performer: Alexandre da Costa (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jesús Amigo
  • Ensemble: Extremadura
  • Notes: Palacio de Congresos de la Coruña (06/18/2007-06/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Luís de Freitas Branco (1890 - 1955) : Symphony no 2 in B flat minor
  • Conductor: Jesús Amigo
  • Ensemble: Extremadura
  • Notes: Palacio de Congresos de la Coruña (06/18/2007-06/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926