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Jose Viana Da Mota: A Patria - Sinfonia (To The Homeland)

Da Motta / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 10/09/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573495   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jos José Vianna da Motta
Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The most distinguished pianist of his generation, a brilliant pedagogue and a highly gifted composer, José Viana da Mota was a towering personality in the field of Portuguese music. Disapproving of ‘modernistic’ compositional trends he stopped composing around 1910 but not before he had written his Symphony ‘To the Homeland’, a brilliantly orchestrated paean to Portuguese prowess and discovery which makes use of Portuguese folk dances and songs. Based on the dramatic life and murder of the 14th-century noblewoman Inês de Castro, Viana da Mota’s Lisztian symphonic poem is an early work notable for its kaleidoscopic sections full of inspiring contrasts. This recording presents the complete orchestral works of Viana da Mota. The most distinguished pianist of his generation, a brilliant pedagogue and a highly gifted composer, José Viana da Mota was a towering personality in the field of Portuguese music. Disapproving of ‘modernistic’ compositional trends he stopped composing around 1910 but not before he had written his Symphony ‘To the Homeland’, a brilliantly orchestrated paean to Portuguese prowess and discovery which makes use of Portuguese folk dances and songs. Based on the dramatic life and murder of the 14th-century noblewoman Inês de Castro, Viana da Mota’s Lisztian symphonic poem is an early work notable for its kaleidoscopic sections full of inspiring contrasts. This recording presents the complete orchestral works of Viana da Mota. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Pátria ("To the Fatherland"), symphony for orchestra, Op. 13 by Jos José Vianna da Motta
Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1895 
Venue:  The Friary, Liverpool, England 
Length: 42 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Dona Inęs de Castro, overture for orchestra by Jos José Vianna da Motta
Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1886 
Venue:  The Friary, Liverpool, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Chula, danse portugaise for piano, Op. 9/2 by Jos José Vianna da Motta
Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
Period: Modern 
Written: circa 1900; Portugal 
Venue:  The Friary, Liverpool, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Impromptus (3) on Portuguese Popular Motifs, for piano by Jos José Vianna da Motta
Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
Period: Post-Romantic 
Venue:  The Friary, Liverpool, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Vito, for piano by Jos José Vianna da Motta
Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
Period: Post-Romantic 
Venue:  The Friary, Liverpool, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 A Must Hear Recording! June 4, 2016 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "If you are unfamiliar with the Portugese composer Jose' Viana da Mota, you owe it to yourself to hear this sensationally performed program. Under Portugese conductor Alvaro Cassuto, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra plays this program in a way that can only be described as breathtaking. All of Viana da Mota's works composed specifically for orchestra are contained on this new Naxos disk, the main work being Viana da Mota's 'A Patria', a luxurious symphonic ode to Portugese historical traditions. With a heavy dose of Portugese folk melodies, the symphony's glowing orchestral colorations are a reflection of the composer's ability to recreate the ambience of the far western Iberian peninsula. A relatively short tone poem 'Ines de Castro' has deep historical roots going back 7 centuries into Portugal's distant past, and concluding the program are 3 short works which contribute to the listener's appreciation of Viana da Mota's contributions to Portugese music. Kudos are clearly in order here, not only to Alvaro Cassuto and the RLPO, but also to Naxos for this latest installment in a line of superb recordings of Portugese classical music (e.g.- Braga Santos, Freitas Branco, Lopes-Graca). Don't miss this gorgeous recording- it's a show stopper. Highest recommendation!!" Report Abuse
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