CÂNDIDO LIMA (b.1939): ... do Mar da Pôvoa-MANTA, FERNANDO C. LAPA (b.1950): 3 cantos para uma memória, SÉRGIO AZEVEDO (b.1968): Suite Concertante for Recorder and String Orchestra (António Carrilho [recorder], Orquestra Sinfónica da Póvoa de Varzim; Osvaldo Ferriera), ISABEL SOVERAL (b.1961): Le navigateur du Soleil Incandescent for Viola and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 03K096
Reference: NUM 1138
Description: Azevedo's neo-Baroque suite with recorder obbligato ranges from Baroque pastiche pure and simple to rather harder-edged irony in Shostakovich vein, while incorporating elements of middle-European and Brazilian idioms along the way. This is the most tonal and instantly accessible piece here. The Lima, lush and atmospheric, full of pungent clusters and dissonances, lies somewhere between Messiaen and Xenakis. Soveral's work, for viola and piano, is one of a cycle of works for different forces with this title. The music is freely atonal, highly expressive, mostly steering clear of extended techniques, with spoken fragments of the poem by A.I. Berto on which the works are based. Lapa's piano work, four movements in memory of Fernando Lopes-Graça, a significant figure in Portuguese contemporary music, is richly chromatic, rhythmically and harmonically related to the idiom of the older composer.