AMÍLCAR VASQUES DIAS (b.1945): 12 Nocturnes in Your Name, Lume De Châo.
Catalogue Number: 04K103
Reference: NUM 1131
Description: These little miniatures - most are under 2 minutes - encapsulate a particular atmosphere or mood, forming a series of contrasting character pieces. There is a certain similarity to Mompou in their atmospheric economy, though more demonstrative of gesture, and somewhat more modern of harmony. Nonetheless, the vocabulary is basically tonal, with gestural elements absorbed from earlier composers, romantic and impressionistic. The Nocturnes illustrate texts of Maria Gabriela Llansol, while Lume De Châo, a similar set of pieces evoking different moods and responses, has a somewhat autobiographical intent, inspired by 'memories and affections' of childhood and the emotional responses that these arouse, not without nostalgia, in the adult inhabitant of the modern world. Álvaro Teixeira Lopes (piano).