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Antonio Pinho Vargas (b.1951): Requiem; Judas / Gulbenkian Choir & Orch., Carneiro, Eldoro

Album Summary

>Vargas, Antonio Pinho : Requiem
>Vargas, Antonio Pinho : Judas, for chorus & orchestra
Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Much decorated by his native country, António Pinho Vargas, originally best known for his jazz performances, is now one of Portugal's leading classical composers. His instrumental and film music has won numerous awards, and his chamber works have been performed by some of the world's leading ensembles. In turning to the sacred, Pinho Vargas has crafted music of moving declamatory power. He has organized Judas into five specific scenes with an epilogue, whilst the Requiem is a very personal and powerful reply, in the composer's words, 'to a history of numerous works of the past'.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The Requiem is austere, grim, and slowmoving; the tonality is somewhere between minor-key Mozart and modern choral composers like Lauridsen and Whitacre. It's almost a monolith, vast and overpowering but never ponderous. It is effective and well crafted. The engineering gives it a weird, artificially shiny sound. Judas sets texts from the Gospels in the Latin Vulgate about the traitor's actions leading up to the crucifixion. Probably the most interesting thing is the use of women's voices for Jesus's lines, illustrating "some idea of human fragility". Playing and singing are fine; notes are in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gulbenkian Auditorium, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, (2004-05-??&2012-11-21_2012-).


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Works Details

>António Pinho Vargas : Requiem
  • Conductor: Joana Carneiro
  • Ensemble: Gulbenkian Orchestra
  • Notes: Gulbenkian Auditorium, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal (11/21/2012-11/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2012

>António Pinho Vargas : Judas, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Fernando Eldoro
  • Ensemble: Gulbenkian Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 2002