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LOPES-GRACA, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Nebolsin, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto - Casa da Musica, Bamert)

Composer(s):Lopes-Graca, Fernando
Artist(s) Bamert, Matthias, Conductor • Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto - Casa da MusicaNebolsin, Eldar, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.572817
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 7.99

USD 6.99


The music of Fernando Lopes-Graça, one of the most significant Portuguese composers of the twentieth-century, went through several phases of development. Though rooted in folk music, it absorbed influences not only from much earlier composers such as Scarlatti and Seixas, but from contemporaries such as Bartók. These influences are potent in the Piano Concerto No 1 of 1940, a highly personal, atmospheric and superbly orchestrated work imbued with bittersweet romanticism. Though the Iberian Baroque permeates its finale, the Piano Concerto No 2 is a much darker and more ambivalent work, marking a new milestone in his development.


Review By Mary Kunz Goldman,The Buffalo News,August 2013

The concertos by Portuguese composer Fernando Lopes-Graca…are flashy, virtuosic romps, a lot more fun to hear than a lot of things foisted on us. His orchestration is colorful and his ideas grab you and stick with you. The last movement of Concerto No. 1 sounds like a tango, with sharp rhythms and lots of creative snap and pop. Pianist Eldar Nebolsin handles the music clearly and precisely but with flair and fun. © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review


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