Notes & Reviews:
In the two last decades, Portuguese music has undergone its most productive period ever. Never before have so many composers created and constructed their works within a wide aesthetic spectrum, and neither have there been so many concerts and festivals in which this music was and is presented, both in Portugal and abroad.
It is in this spirit of true renaissance that Ensemble Darcos is proud to release on CD four works by some of the most striking composers of today. Though primarily focused on the great western classical repertory of chamber music, from the late baroque to the first half of the 20th century, for Ensemble Darcos the commissioning of new works from Portuguese composers is of fundamental importance and has become second nature.
Ensemble Darcos is one of Portugal's most prestigious chamber groups. Founded in 2002 by Nuno Côrte-Real, and varies from duos up to 15 musicians, centered around Filipe Quaresma, Reyes Gallardo, Helder Marques and Gaël Rassaert. The group is regularly joined by guest musicians including cellist Mats Lidström, violinists Massimo Spadano, Giulio Plotino and Junko Naito, violist Ana Bela Chaves, and percussionist Miquel Bernat. It regularly works with important Portuguese singers such as Eduarda Melo, Luís Rodrigues, Dora Rodrigues, Lara Martins and Job Tomé.