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Fernando Lopes-Graça: Symphony; Rustic Suite; December Poem / Cassuto

> Suite Rustica No. 1 - I. Andante con moto, ma semplice
> Suite Rustica No. 1 - II. Non troppo vivo
> Suite Rustica No. 1 - III. Andante
> Suite Rustica No. 1 - IV. Un poco vivo, grazioso
> Suite Rustica No. 1 - V. Lento, non troppo
> Suite Rustica No. 1 - VI. Allegro moderato
> Poema de dezembro (December Poem) - Poema de dezembro (December Poem)
> Marcha festiva (Festival March) - Marcha festiva (Festival March)
> Sinfonia - I. Allegro rapsodico
> Sinfonia - II. Intermezzo
> Sinfonia - III. Passacaglia

Album Summary

>Lopes-Graça, Fernando : Suite Rustica no 1, for orchestra
>Lopes-Graça, Fernando : December Poem, for orchestra
>Lopes-Graça, Fernando : Festival March, for orchestra
>Lopes-Graça, Fernando : Symphony for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Fernando Lopes-Graça was one of the most prolific Portuguese composers of the 20th century. His use of Portuguese folk-music to forge a personal style is represented in the Suite Rústica No. 1. More sombre moods are expressed in the dark atmosphere of December Poem, which contrasts with the extrovert Festival March. Neo-classical in its extended structures and thematic development, Lopes-Graça's award-winning Symphony maintains an unmistakable connection with the colors and textures of his nation to create music of great expressive and dramatic depth. Álvaro Cassuto is Portugal's foremost conductor. A recipient of the Koussevitzky Prize among many other honors, he has enjoyed a career of high international acclaim. He has been a frequent guest of many leading orchestras, including the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and dozens of others across the world.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Alvaro Cassuto has done much to bring the music of his homeland to wide notice and conducts with skill and sensitivity. Naxos's sonics are serviceable - good enough to do the job if not as transparent and detailed as one might wish.

MusicWeb International
Lopes-Graça as well as his slightly younger colleague Joly Braga Santos was an important figure in Portuguese contemporary music. His music had been well served many years ago but most recordings are now out of print. So this generous release including his impressive Symphony is most welcome and is the best possible introduction to Lopes-Graça's music so far. Both performances and recording are excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (07/26/2011-07/27/2011).



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Works Details

>Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906 - 1994) : Suite Rústica no 1, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (07/26/2011-07/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906 - 1994) : December Poem, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (07/26/2011-07/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906 - 1994) : Festival March, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (07/26/2011-07/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1954

>Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906 - 1994) : Symphony for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (07/26/2011-07/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1944