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« on: August 05, 2018, 03:28:05 pm »

I see that Naxos has returned to the music of Joly Braga Santos to record the Piano Concerto (a comparatively late work from 1973) and the two early Symphonic Overtures.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Braga-Santos-Symphonic-Overtures-Philharmonic/dp/B07FSJK2DC/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1533479233&sr=1-1&keywords=Braga+Santos
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2018, 06:40:29 pm »

Great news -- I love his music!
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2018, 11:00:57 pm »

Great news -- I love his music!

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Very exciting news and I like the cover image as well!
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2018, 12:25:57 pm »


At last!  I have been searching for the Piano Concerto regularly on the internet for the last couple of years.  I assumed it was only a matter of time before it would be recorded and issued on CD.

It seems a mixture of the acerbic and consonant.

You can hear parts of it from its UK premiere in 2015 on You Tube.  See: 
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2018, 02:05:28 pm »

It is no good pretending that Braga Santos continued to compose the sort of rich, romantic, lyrical music of the first four symphonies. These are wonderful, life-enhancing works which a number of us love unreservedly. They were written when Braga Santos was in his twenties.

But Braga Santos evolved his idiom as he got older and came into more contact with contemporary music. His music did become more dissonant and (as you say) acerbic.His later music may therefore come in some ways as "a disappointment" but that is clearly the music he wanted to write and the listener needs to come to terms with that and take it on its merits.

Btw.....this new Naxos disc now means  that my September shopping list has risen to six cds:
1) John Jobert Symphony No.3/Piano Concerto from Lyrita
2) Ruth Gipps Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4 from Chandos
3) Walter Braunfels Piano works from Capriccio
4) Wilhelm Stenhammer Cantata "Sangen" from BIS
5) Weinberg Symphony No.13 from Naxos
6) the Braga Santos

.......an expensive month!! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2018, 07:23:49 pm »

It is no good pretending that Braga Santos continued to compose the sort of rich, romantic, lyrical music of the first four symphonies. These are wonderful, life-enhancing works which a number of us love unreservedly. They were written when Braga Santos was in his twenties.

But Braga Santos evolved his idiom as he got older and came into more contact with contemporary music. His music did become more dissonant and (as you say) acerbic.His later music may therefore come in some ways as "a disappointment" but that is clearly the music he wanted to write and the listener needs to come to terms with that and take it on its merits

The vocal ending to the sixth symphony excepted, I am not enthusiastic about the later style of Braga Santos.  It appears that in the new CD, which comprises 8 premiere recordings, all the music - apart from the Piano Concerto - belongs to the early lyrical phase of Braga Santos.  Whilst it seems certain the music will fall short of the quality of the lyrical symphonies, the CD, nonetheless, is an interesting prospect.

The sleeve notes make interesting reading:

 https://www.naxos.com/mainsite/blurbs_reviews.asp?item_code=8.573903&catNum=573903&filetype=About%20this%20Recording&language=English#
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2018, 08:55:09 pm »

Great news indeed. Still, there's enough orchestral music left to hope for yet another CD:

Elegia tragica (1943)
Paisajem, symphonic poem Op. 22 (1952)
Canção, Op. 23 (from the film Chaimite) (1955)
Ruinas do Carmo, symphonic poem Op. 33 (1961)
Otonifonias. suite for brass band Op. 50 (1977)

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