The Music of Brazil – Alberto NEPOMUCENO: Symphony in G

Alberto Nepomuceno: Symphony In G, Série brasileira, O Garatuja: Prelude

Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra, Fabio Mechett

Naxos 8574067 @ £7.50 plus P&P

About this recording ….

Alberto Nepomuceno was a herald of Brazilian musical nationalism. He was one of the first composers in his country to employ elements of folklore in his compositions, he encouraged younger composers such as Villa-Lobos, and his music was conducted by Richard Strauss. The Prelude to O Garatuja, an incomplete opera, is one of his best known works and an example of a truly Brazilian lyric comedy. Série Brasileira is a vivacious suite that employs maxixe rhythms and ends with the feverish batuque dance, while the Symphony in G minor is one of the earliest such examples by a Brazilian, a heroic and lyric structure revealing the influence of Brahms.

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