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Frederico de Freitas: The Silly Girl's Dance; The Wall of Love; Medieval Suite; Ribatejo / Alvaro Cassuto

Album Summary

>Freitas, Frederico de : The Silly Girl's Dance, for orchestra
>Freitas, Frederico de : The Wall of Love, for orchestra
>Freitas, Frederico de : Medieval Suite, for orchestra
>Freitas, Frederico de : Ribatejo, for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Frederico de Freitas was one of Portugal's most prolific composers, whose highly successful ballets are inspired by local folklore and romance. The Silly Girl's Dance is a work of exuberant musical vitality about a timid village girl who turns out to be the loveliest of them all. The Wall of Love describes innocent amorous encounters, the Medieval Suite conjures 'the fragrance of medieval Portuguese poetry', while dances, songs and 'fiestas' are evoked in the lively Ribatejo.

MusicWeb International, 3rd May 2013
Cassuto and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are obviously on the same wave-length and the orchestra clearly enjoys itself in these colourful, unpretentious but entertaining scores...I have already returned to this lovely disc of refreshingly enjoyable music repeatedly.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The Silly Girl's Dance ("foolish" is substituted for "silly" in some translations) and The Wall of Love are ballet scores originally written in 1941 and 1940 for the Verde Gaio ballet company. The creation of the dance troupe was inspired by a visit of the Ballet Russes to Lisbon in 1918, and one suspects these scores would have been entirely at home in the Diaghilev company. Lively and well-crafted as they are. The Medieval Suite dates from 1958, Ribatejo from 20 years earlier. Alvaro Cassuto's thorough album notes tell us the Suite's "harmonic structure is pre-classical. The title of the short tone-poem Ribatejo refers to a geographic region northeast of Lisbon, "well known", according to the notes, "for its lively popular 'fiestas' with bull-fighting on horseback". The music is certainly light-hearted, almost carnival-like, even with its slow central section led by a solo cello. Perfectly enjoyable, it would make a fine pops concert piece. The sound of these recordings, made in Glasgow in August 2012, is fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (08/16/2012-08/17/2012).



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Works Details

>Freitas, Frederico de : The Silly Girl's Dance, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Running Time: 22 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Freitas, Frederico de : The Wall of Love, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Running Time: 13 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Freitas, Frederico de : Medieval Suite, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Running Time: 24 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Freitas, Frederico de : Ribatejo, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alvaro Cassuto
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938