JOSÉ VIANA DA MOTA (1868-1948): Symphony, Op. 13 “À Pátria”, Inês de Castro - Tone Poem, Chula do Douro* (orch. Frederico de Freitas [1902-1980]), 3 Impromptus on Portuguese Popular Motifs*, Vito* (orch. unknown, rev. Álvaro Cassuto [b.1938]).
Catalogue Number: 10R001
Description: The only Portuguese symphony between Bomtempo’s Second of 1822 and Freitas Branco’s First of 1924, Da Mota’s 1895 work has been recorded before, both times by Portugalsom (in 1977 and 1988), but this is the first time it’s been easily available and by far has the best orchestra. So, if you never got the Romanian orchestra witih Portuguese conductor or the Hungarian orchestra and conductor versions (which were always hard to find), here’s your chance to encounter a young composer’s nationalism (a rude and vigorous scherzo that sounds Mexican or Spanish to the non-specialist) and his major influences - Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Liszt - in a large-scale, four-movement work lasting 43 minutes here (much faster than the 1977 version but two minutes slower than the 1988). The 13-minute tone-poem (1886) with its grisly subject is even more Lisztian than the symphony while the three short World Premiere Recordings - * are ten minutes worth of orchestrated piano pieces based on northern Portuguese folk music. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Álvaro Cassuto.