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Luís De Freitas Branco: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Cassuto, Radio Telefis Eireann SO


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572059   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Luís de Freitas Branco
Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin Radio Telefis Eireann Symphony OrchestraNational Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Who was Luís de Freitas Branco? His Second Symphony combines Gregorian themes (Respighi) with richly lyrical chromaticism (Franck). After a reading of Guerra Junqueiro is pure Richard Strauss, Don Juan in particular, right down to the combination of solo violin, harp, and glockenspiel. Artificial Paradises is French, d'Indy trending toward Debussy and Ravel--there's an episode with rippling winds straight out of Daphnis and Chloe, except that the Branco is actually the earlier work (1910), the product of a 20-year-old composer with tremendous gifts.

What makes all of this so fascinating isn't that Branco is derivative, but that the music still rings so true. The Franck is good
Read more Franck, the Strauss just as glowing as the real deal. Branco doesn't conceal his influences, he revels in them, and this gives his music an authenticity and focus that makes the issue of sheer originality basically irrelevant. As in previous issues in this series, Álvaro Cassuto is the ideal exponent of his countryman's music, and the sound that Naxos gets in Dublin remains some of the finest on offer from this label. Excellent on all fronts!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 2 by Luís de Freitas Branco
Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin Radio Telefis Eireann Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1926 
Length: 43 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. Artificial Paradises by Luís de Freitas Branco
Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Dublin Radio Telefis Eireann Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 14 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3. After a reading of Guerra Junqueiro (Fantasy) by Luís de Freitas Branco
Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Dublin Radio Telefis Eireann Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony no 2: I. Andante
Artificial Paradises

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2 in B flat minor: I. Andante - Allegro
Symphony No. 2 in B flat minor: II. Andantino con moto
Symphony No. 2 in B flat minor: III. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 2 in B flat minor: IV. Adagio - Allegro
Depois de uma leitura de Guerra Junqueiro (After a reading of Guerra Junqueiro)
Os paraisos artificiais (Artificial Paradises)

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