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CASSUTO, Á.: Return to the Future / Song of Loneliness / To Love and Peace / Visiting Friends (Rosado, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Cassuto)

Composer(s):Cassuto, Alvaro
Artist(s) Cassuto, Alvaro, Conductor • Royal Scottish National OrchestraRosado, Antonio, piano
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.573266
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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‘My musical passions have always been the Classics and the orchestra and, therefore, to become both a composer and a conductor was a natural progression. However, intrigued by the sounds of the avant-garde, I adhered to the twelve-tone system and then to the Darmstadt school, until I realised that both had led me away from my musical origins, and to a dead end. All the works on this recording, written after I had “outgrown” my experimental period, are intended, therefore, to address the widest possible audience.’ – Álvaro Cassuto


A composer turned conductor
Review By JC101005,January 2014

Alvaro Cassuto is Portugal's premier symphonic conductor (see his biography on

This 2013 recording of his compositions from the 1970s and 80s by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is the first one that I can find of his work as a composer. I, for one, was unfamiliar with Cassuto's composition until I listened to this recording, and I'm very glad I did. The work, which postdates his earlier atonal and experimental work, is rich and harmonic in nature and accessible to the ear. Its repetitive rhythmic momentum is evocative of Philip Glass's later symphonies, yet of course pre-dates them by 3 decades or so.

This CD is a wonderful addition to the collection of anyone who enjoys contemporary more....


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