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Luís de Freitas Branco was the towering figure in Portugese music during the first half of the 20th Century.
This second disc of a four-volume series of Freitas Branco’s orchestral works features his Second Symphony which combines elements as disparate as Gregorian chant, the boisterous spirit of a Brucknerian scherzo and the influence of Franck and Debussy into a superbly integrated Romantic work.
His tone poem After a reading of Guerra Junqueiro was inspired by Richard Strauss, whose opulent orchestrations it echoes. Artificial Paradises, an eerie piece inspired by de Quincy’s Confessions of an Opium Eater, is regarded as Freitas Branco’s masterpiece par excellence.
Luis de Freitas Branco: Symphony No. 2 in B flat minor
I. Andante - Allegro
II. Andantino con moto
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Adagio - Allegro
Luis de Freitas Branco: Depois de uma leitura de Guerra Junqueiro (After a reading of Guerra Junqueiro)
Depois de uma leitura de Guerra Junqueiro (After a reading of Guerra Junqueiro)
Luis de Freitas Branco: Os paraisos artificiais (Artificial Paradises)
Os paraisos artificiais (Artificial Paradises)
“Cassuto, an expert in his native repertoire, conducts fine and nuanced readings of these works, while the Irish musicians are recorded cleanly…A top recommendation.”