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Joly Braga Santos: Staccato Brilhante - Divertimentos Nos. 1 and 2

Jan Bastiaan Neven, Algarve Orchestra, Alvaro Cassuto

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1.1
Staccato Brilhante, Op. 63
Joly Braga Santos; Algarve Orchestra; Alvaro Cassuto
2:20
1.2
Nocturno for Strings, Op. 11
Joly Braga Santos; Algarve Orchestra; Alvaro Cassuto
6:54
Divertimento No. 1, Op. 32  
1.3
I. Preludio
Joly Braga Santos; Algarve Orchestra; Alvaro Cassuto
7:31
1.4
II. Intermezzo
Joly Braga Santos; Algarve Orchestra; Alvaro Cassuto
5:06
1.5
III. Finale
Joly Braga Santos; Algarve Orchestra; Alvaro Cassuto
8:25
Divertimento No. 2, Op. 52  
1.6
I. Largamente
Joly Braga Santos; Algarve Orchestra; Alvaro Cassuto
8:26
1.7
II. Allegro vivace
Joly Braga Santos; Algarve Orchestra; Alvaro Cassuto
4:52
Cello Concerto, Op. 66  
1.8
Moderato
Joly Braga Santos; Jan Bastiaan Neven; Algarve Orchestra; Alvaro Cassuto
6:38
1.9
Allegro
Joly Braga Santos; Jan Bastiaan Neven; Algarve Orchestra; Alvaro Cassuto
7:02
1.10
Andante
Joly Braga Santos; Jan Bastiaan Neven; Algarve Orchestra; Alvaro Cassuto
9:17
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    66:31
"Four Stars ... (pride of place must go to) the Cello Concerto, a predominantly brooding, even anguished work ... (Jan Bastiaan Neven) expounds it with great sensitivity. The Algarve Orchestra copes admirably with the comparatively straightforward early scores and the considerably more intricate and wayward late ones." - BBC Music Magazine Portugal's foremost conductor Álvaro Cassuto continues his series devoted to gifted composer Joly Braga Santos, undoubtedly the leading Portuguese symphonist of the 20th century. Braga Santos founded his musical language on a strong sense of architecture as well as drama, with generous melodic lines and a natural instinct for structural development. On this installment, Cassuto leads the Algarve Orchestra on one of the composer's last pieces, the Cello Concerto, more of a symphonic poem where cellist Jan Bastiaan Neven appears as soloist from time to time, rather than a traditional concerto. The luminous, extroverted Divertimento No. 1 is among the few works Braga Santos based on Portuguese musical folklore while, by way of sharp contrast, the Divertimento No. 2 is haunting and often dissonant, which utterly belies its title.
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Recorded at Igreja do Carmo, Tavira, Portugal, May 19 - 24, 2003 Producer: Andrew Walton (K&A Productions Ltd.) Engineer: Mike Clements Editors: Emma Stocker and Andrew Walton Booklet notes: Álvaro Cassuto Cover image: The Portuguese Coast by Grenville Staines

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