Fernando Lopes-Graca (1906-1994): Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Eldar Nebolsin, piano

> Piano Concerto No. 1 - I. Allegro moderato
> Piano Concerto No. 1 - II. Andante
> Piano Concerto No. 1 - III. Allegro non troppo
> Piano Concerto No. 2 - I. Tempo giusto
> Piano Concerto No. 2 - II. Andante con moto
> Piano Concerto No. 2 - III. Vivo quasi cadenza

Album Summary

>Lopes-Graça, Fernando : Concerto for Piano no 1
>Lopes-Graça, Fernando : Concerto for Piano no 2
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The music of Fernando Lopes-Graça, one of the most significant Portuguese composers of the twentieth-century, went through several phases of development. Though rooted in folk music, it absorbed influences not only from much earlier composers such as Scarlatti and Seixas, but from contemporaries such as Bartók. These influences are potent in the Piano Concerto No. 1 of 1940, a highly personal, atmospheric and superbly orchestrated work imbued with bittersweet romanticism. Though the Iberian Baroque permeates its finale, the Piano Concerto No. 2 is a much darker and more ambivalent work, marking a new milestone in his development.

MusicWeb International, 16th July 2013
Piano Concerto No. 1 is quite unforgettable...Piano Concerto No. 2 is in many respects a darker version of No. 1, but is even better, especially the passionate Rachmaninov-meets-Ravel slow movement...Nebolsin gives a good, strong account.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
National pride, melodic discernment, good humor, and a thorough knowledge of instrumentation mark Lopes-Graça's music. His structures are traditional and easy to follow; these concertos are well worth your time. It would be hard to ask for a better performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Suggia, Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal.



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>Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906 - 1994) : Concerto for Piano no 1
  • Performer: Eldar Nebolsin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: Orquestra Sinfonica do Porta - Casa da Musica
  • Notes: Sala Suggia, Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal (03/11/2011/03/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1940

>Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906 - 1994) : Concerto for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Eldar Nebolsin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Notes: Sala Suggia, Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal (05/13/2011/05/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1950