Braga Santos: Alfama

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Braga Santos: Alfama



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28th Nov 2011




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Braga Santos: Alfama

Braga Santos, J M:

Abertura Sinfónica No. 3 (Symphonic Overture No. 3)

Elegia à memória de Vianna da Motta (Elegy in memory of Vianna da Motta)

Alfama, Suite de Bailado (Alfama, Ballet Suite)

Variations for Orchestra

Three Symphonic Sketches



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Joly Braga Santos composed in a wide variety of forms, faithfully mirrored in this selection of his highly appealing music. The Elegy was written for his famous compatriot, the pianist Vianna da Motta, whilst the Symphonic Overture No. 3 utilises his own brand of folkloric material. Braga Santos’s Three Symphonic Sketches offer colouristic virility, full of supercharged rhythmic energy. The Variations for Orchestra reflects a compositional change, more elusive but highly subtle, and Alfama is a delightful ballet score. ‘Don’t miss this one!’ wrote ClassicsToday of Álvaro Cassuto’s recording of the Second Symphony on Marco Polo 8225216.

Joly Braga Santos: Symphonic Overture No. 3, Op. 20

Symphonic Overture No. 3, Op. 20

Joly Braga Santos: Elegia a Viana da Mota (Elegy in memory of Vianna da Motta), Op. 14

Elegia a Viana da Mota (Elegy in memory of Vianna da Motta), Op. 14

Joly Braga Santos: Alfama Suite (arr. A. Cassuto)

I. Introduction

II. Dance of the sailor

III. Pas de trois

IV. Dance of the fishwives

V. Dance of the fishwife and the longshoreman

VI. Dance of the girls of the neighbourhood

VII. Dance of the boys and girls who fill the square

VIII. Dance of the girls around the fire

IX. Final dance

Joly Braga Santos: Variations for Orchestra, Op. 49

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 49

Joly Braga Santos: 3 Symphonic Sketches, Op. 34

No. 1. Allegro

No. 2. Lento

No. 3. Allegro

MusicWeb International

February 2012

“Cassuto knows and understands Braga Santos' music well. He thus conducts impeccable and committed readings of these often quite beautiful works. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra respond with equally committed playing.”

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