ANTÓNIO FRAGOSO (1879-1918): Concerto Romântico (orch. of Suite romantique by Sérgio Azevedo), JOLY BRAGA SANTOS (1924-1988): Concerto for Strings in D Minor, SÉRGIO AZEVEDO (b.1968): Sinfonietta for Strings, Music for Strings - in memoriam Béla Bartók.
Catalogue Number: 12X016
Description: Portuguese orchestral music was scarce until the 20th century, when composers were able to build on the great legacy of Luís de Freitas Branco. António Fragoso died young, and the Concerto romântico is a new adaptation of his Suite romantique of 1916, orchestrated to reflect influences from Fauré and early Debussy. Braga Santos’s Concerto in D minor is one of his best-loved early works, blending Alentejo folk songs with the sophistication of Vaughan Williams and Walton. Sérgio Azevedo is renowned for his neo-Classical style, shaping a narrative of darkness to light in the Sinfonietta, and reviving the concerto grosso in his homage to Bartók, the Music for Strings. Camerata Atlântica; Ana Beatriz Manzanilla (violin).