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FREITAS BRANCO, L. de: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (Cassuto) - Symphony No. 4 / Vathek

Composer(s):Freitas Branco, Luis de
Artist(s) Cassuto, Alvaro, Conductor • Ireland RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572624
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


This fourth volume in Naxos’s critically acclaimed series of Portuguese composer Luís de Freitas Branco’s orchestral music juxtaposes his magnificent Symphonic Poem in the form of variations on an Oriental Theme, Vathek, with his final symphony, an appealing masterpiece that combines Neo-classical stylishness with late Romantic richness. Álvaro Cassuto, Portugal’s finest living conductor and an authority on the classical music of his country, is an ideal interpreter of this eminently satisfying yet unaccountably neglected repertoire.


   




Review By François Laurent,Diapason,April 2011


8.572624_Diaposon_042011_fr.pdf


Review By Chris Hathaway,88.7 KUHF News,January 2011

Portuguese maestro Álvaro Cassuto continues his admirable series for Naxos of the music of his countryman, Luís de Freitas Branco (1890–1955), including his final symphony and the imposing Vathek Variations. The pieces are almost forty years apart, the Symphony having been completed in 1952 (being some eight years in the making) and Vathek in 1913, when Freitas Branco was only 23.


 

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