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Santoro: Symphonies No 4 & 9, Etc / Neschling, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1370   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claudio Santoro
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony OrchestraSao Paulo State Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brazilian composer Claudio Santoro (1919-89) ranges all over the place stylistically. His Fourth Symphony sounds recognizably American, with shades of Copland or Carlos Chavez. It ends with a catchy Brazilian folk dance on top of which the chorus sings a rather tacky poem in praise of peace, supposedly reflective of the composer's communist ideology. Happily, the text never sinks to the depth of the Socialist Realist junk that Shostakovich used in his Second and Third Symphonies; instead, the whole piece has a breezy appeal that's quite charming. The slow movement is particularly beautiful. So, for that matter, is Ponteio for string orchestra, while Frevo is another splashy and fun essay in folk style.


The Ninth
Read more Symphony (1982) is another matter altogether. The level of dissonance is higher, the mood unrelentingly serious, and there are quotations from Beethoven's Ninth along the way (very well integrated and cleverly used). In short, it's a tougher nut and it may not appeal to listeners who like the populist Fourth Symphony, but there's no denying the composer's high level of craftsmanship, and after listening a couple of times the music springs into focus. Nevertheless, the performances are extremely good, like most of the releases from these forces. The São Paulo Symphony under John Neschling never sounds less than fully committed, and the BIS sonics are terrific. Worth hearing, for sure.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4 "Da paz" by Claudio Santoro
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra,  Sao Paulo State Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Brazil 
2. Symphony no 9 by Claudio Santoro
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Brazil 
3. Ponteio by Claudio Santoro
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Brazil 
4. Frevo by Claudio Santoro
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Brazil 
Notes: Version: 1982 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 4, "Sinfonia da Paz" (Symphony of Peace): I. Allegro
Symphony No. 4, "Sinfonia da Paz" (Symphony of Peace): II. Lento - Allegro - Lento
Symphony No. 4, "Sinfonia da Paz" (Symphony of Peace): III. Allegro moderato e deciso
Ponteio
Symphony No. 9: I. Andante - Allegro molto
Symphony No. 9: II. Andante (con moto)
Symphony No. 9: III. Scherzino
Symphony No. 9: IV. Allegro
Frevo (arr. for orchestra)

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