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Alexandre Da Costa is a young Montréal-based violinist who has taken the international concert stage by storm. His debut ATMA recording is a salute to his roots and features music by two Portuguese composers, Armando José Fernandes and Luís de Freitas Branco. The latter’s Sinfonia is representative of the Neoclassical style that contributed to a renaissance in Portuguese concert music. Fernandes’ violin concerto was composed in 1948 and is the perfect vehicle to demonstrate Da Costa’s superb talent. Winner of many prestigious national and international first prizes Da Costa’s career is soaring, with recent engagements with several European and Canadian orchestras, including the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Armando Jose Fernandes: Violin Concerto in E major
I. Allegro assai
II. Scherzo: Allegretto
III. Andantino sostenuto
IV. Finale: Molto vivace
Luis de Freitas Branco: Symphony No. 2 in B flat minor
II. Andantino con moto
III. Allegro vivace
“Amigo's reading of the Portuguese Branco's Second Symphony (1926)… offers cause for celebration. Not only is the performance compelling but the score itself is another charmer. Armando José Fernandes's Violin Concerto is less immediately appealing, though I found that repeated listening revealed countless felicities. Urgently recommended to those who yearn to wander off the beaten track.”
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