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Frederico de Freitas (1902-1980): Complete Chamber Music with Violin / Carlos Damas, violin; Jill Lawson, piano; Jian Hong, cello

Album Summary

>Freitas, Frederico de : Allegro appassionato, for violin & piano
>Freitas, Frederico de : Notturno, for violin & piano
>Freitas, Frederico de : Sonata for violin & piano
>Freitas, Frederico de : Berceuse, for violin & piano
>Freitas, Frederico de : Clown Dance, for violin & piano
>Freitas, Frederico de : Short Pieces (3), for violin, cello & piano
>Freitas, Frederico de : Sonata for violin & cello
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Portuguese composer Frederico De Freitas' works were distinguished by charming and melodic scores tinged with the folkloric strains of his homeland. This recording, which surveys Freitas's output for violin, includes two works that stand at opposite ends of his career: the Berceuse from 1922 and the Dança do Palhaço ("Dance of the Clown") from 1964. From his early post-Romantic leanings to a gradual incorporation of decidedly modern influences of polyphony and tonality, De Freitas' contrapuntal gifts are a discovery and performed by the Portuguese violinist Carlos Damas along with frequent collaborator Jill Lawson on piano and Jian Hong on cello. With detailed liner notes by English scholar of Portuguese music Ivan Moody, also a critic for Gramophone.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Freitas is more persuasive in smaller-scale efforts. 'Lost Serenade', from Three Short Pieces (1954), all of two minutes long, has far more character and charm; this is a gem that I'll come back to. It also gets more engaged attention from violinist Carlos Damas, who, with his colleagues, offers respectable.

Sonics are serviceable. Collectors of Portuguese music will want this for its rarity, and violin aficionados may be interested for the same reason.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Timbuktu Studios, Lisboa, Portugal (07/11/2014-07/12/2014).



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>Freitas, Frederico de : Allegro appassionato, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Carlos Damas (Violin); Jill Lawson (Piano)
  • Notes: Timbuktu Studios, Lisboa, Portugal (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Freitas, Frederico de : Notturno, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Carlos Damas (Violin); Jill Lawson (Piano)
  • Notes: Timbuktu Studios, Lisboa, Portugal (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Freitas, Frederico de : Sonata for violin & piano
  • Performers: Carlos Damas (Violin); Jill Lawson (Piano)
  • Notes: Timbuktu Studios, Lisboa, Portugal (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Freitas, Frederico de : Berceuse, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Carlos Damas (Violin); Jill Lawson (Piano)
  • Notes: Timbuktu Studios, Lisboa, Portugal (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Freitas, Frederico de : Clown Dance, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Carlos Damas (Violin); Jill Lawson (Piano)
  • Notes: Timbuktu Studios, Lisboa, Portugal (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Freitas, Frederico de : Short Pieces (3), for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Carlos Damas (Violin); Jian Hong (Cello); Jill Lawson (Piano)
  • Notes: Timbuktu Studios, Lisboa, Portugal (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Freitas, Frederico de : Sonata for violin & cello
  • Performers: Carlos Damas (Violin); Jian Hong (Cello)
  • Notes: Timbuktu Studios, Lisboa, Portugal (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923