Cassuto: Santos - Alfama (24/96 FLAC)
Cassuto: Santos – Alfama (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Joly Manuel Braga Santos
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Álvaro Cassuto
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Naxos
Size: 1.32 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Braga Santos, Joly Manuel (1924-88):
01. Symphonic Overture No. 3, Op. 20
02. Elegia a Viana da Mota (Elegy in memory of Vianna da Motta), Op. 14

Alfama Suite (arr. A. Cassuto)
03. I. Introduction
04. II. Dance of the sailor
05. III. Pas de trois
06. IV. Dance of the fishwives
07. V. Dance of the fishwife and the longshoreman
08. VI. Dance of the girls of the neighbourhood
09. VII. Dance of the boys and girls who fill the square
10. VIII. Dance of the girls around the fire
11. IX. Final dance

12. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 49

3 Symphonic Sketches, Op. 34
13. No. 1. Allegro
14. No. 2. Lento
15. No. 3. Allegro

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Álvaro Cassuto
Recorded: 8, 9 March 2011
Recording Venue: RSNO Centre, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland

Joly Braga Santos composed in a wide variety of forms, faithfully mirrored in this selection of his highly appealing music. The Elegy was written for his famous compatriot, the pianist Vianna da Motta, whilst the Symphonic Overture No. 3 utilises his own brand of folkloric material. Braga Santos’s Three Symphonic Sketches offer colouristic virility, full of supercharged rhythmic energy. The Variations for Orchestra reflects a compositional change, more elusive but highly subtle, and Alfama is a delightful ballet score. ‘Don’t miss this one!’ wrote ClassicsToday of Álvaro Cassuto’s recording of the Second Symphony on Marco Polo 8225216.

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