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Fernando Lopes-Graça was one of the most prolific Portuguese composers of the 20th century. His use of Portuguese folk-music to forge a personal style is represented in the Suite Rústica No. 1. More sombre moods are expressed in the dark atmosphere of December Poem, which contrasts with the extrovert Festival March. Neo-classical in its extended structures and thematic development, Lopes-Graça’s award-winning Symphony maintains an unmistakable connection with the colours and textures of his nation to create music of great expressive and dramatic depth.
Fernando Lopes-Graca: Suite Rustica No. 1
I. Andante con moto, ma semplice
II. Non troppo vivo
IV. Un poco vivo, grazioso
V. Lento, non troppo
VI. Allegro moderato
Fernando Lopes-Graca: Poema de dezembro (December Poem)
Poema de dezembro (December Poem)
Fernando Lopes-Graca: Marcha festiva (Festival March)
Marcha festiva (Festival March)
Fernando Lopes-Graca: Sinfonia
I. Allegro rapsodico
16th July 2013
“Lopes-Graça is a significant composer who should be much better known, and these are...important recordings that all 20th-century music cognoscenti should be familiar with.”