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Joly Braga Santos: Alfama; Symphonic Overture; Elegy; Three Symphonic Sketches

Audio Samples

>Santos, Joly Braga : Symphonic Overture no 3
>Santos, Joly Braga : Elegia a vianna da motta, for orchestra
>Santos, Joly Braga : Alfama, ballet suite for orchestra
>Santos, Joly Braga : Variations for orchestra
>Santos, Joly Braga : Symphonic Sketches (3) for orchestra

Album Summary

>Santos, Joly Braga : Symphonic Overture no 3
>Santos, Joly Braga : Elegia a vianna da motta, for orchestra
>Santos, Joly Braga : Alfama, ballet suite for orchestra
>Santos, Joly Braga : Variations for orchestra
>Santos, Joly Braga : Symphonic Sketches (3) for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Joly Braga Santos composed in a wide variety of forms, faithfully mirrored in this selection of his highly appealing music. The Elegy was written for his famous compatriot, the pianist Vianna da Motta, whilst the Symphonic Overture No. 3 utilizes his own brand of folkloric material. Braga Santos' Three Symphonic Sketches offer coloristic virility, full of supercharged rhythmic energy. The Variations for Orchestra reflects a compositional change, more elusive but highly subtle, and Alfama is a delightful ballet score. 'Don't miss this one!' wrote ClassicsToday of Álvaro Cassuto's recording of the Second Symphony on Marco Polo 8.225216.

Audiophile Audition
Cassuto, Braga Santos' greatest advocate, has an intimate understanding and sympathy for the composer's idiom and has the Scottish orchestra playing as if they have more than a bit of Latin blood in their veins. Naxos' sound is a good match: bright, forward, nicely detailed. This is an excellent place to start exploring the music of Portugal's finest composer. If you're like me, you won't want to stop here.

MusicWeb International
The conductor Cassuto... writes the very personable and unstuffily direct liner-note. He has been at the forefront of the propagation of Portuguese concert music both within Portugal and worldwide. He knows and can search out its inherent rhythmic zest, poetry and provocative life. The fact that he has done this so successfully with orchestras... serves as testimony to his communicative skills and utter dedication. In this he is aided and most vividly abetted by the larger than life Naxos recording.

MusicWeb International
Cassuto knows and understands Braga Santos' music well. He thus conducts impeccable and committed readings of these often quite beautiful works. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra respond with equally committed playing. So, if you have been hooked by Cassuto's recordings of the symphonies, this generously filled release is for you. It may also be safely recommended to anyone new to Braga Santos' music, were it only because it offers a fair survey of this composer's stylistic evolution over the years. I hope that -lvaro Cassuto will continue recording other works by Braga Santos for there are two other overtures, a piano concerto and a handful of shorter orchestral works that still await professional recordings.

Classical Lost and Found
This time around Cassuto is at the helm of the Royal Scottish Orchestra (RSNO), and gets memorable performances from his crew. His attention to instrumental detail, phrasing, and dynamics, particularly in the complex last two scores, shows this music off to great advantage.

Fanfare Magazine - Walter Simmons
As noted earlier, Álvaro Cassuto is deeply familiar with Braga Santos's music, and has become its most eloquent champion. Here he leads the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in performances that are proficient and wholly sympathetic, capturing the spirit of the music with enthusiasm. I strongly urge Naxos to continue to bring to light the creative fruits of this fascinating, inspiring, and long-overlooked figure.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall (RSNO Centre), Glasgow, England (03/08/2011-03/09/2011).



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Works Details

>Santos, Joly Braga : Symphonic Overture no 3
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall (RSNO Centre), Glasgow, England (03/08/2011-03/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1954

>Santos, Joly Braga : Elegia a vianna da motta, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall (RSNO Centre), Glasgow, England (03/08/2011-03/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Santos, Joly Braga : Alfama, ballet suite for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall (RSNO Centre), Glasgow, England (03/08/2011-03/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Santos, Joly Braga : Variations for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall (RSNO Centre), Glasgow, England (03/08/2011-03/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Santos, Joly Braga : Symphonic Sketches (3) for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall (RSNO Centre), Glasgow, England (03/08/2011-03/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962