Fernando Lopes-Graca - Complete Music for String Quartet and Piano Vol.2
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Label: Toccata Classics
Cat No: TOCC0254
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th August 2015
ArtistsOlga Prats (piano)
The composer Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906–94) was something of a Portuguese Shostakovich: as a committed socialist, he faced repression from Salazar’s right-wing dictatorship, his works were banned and he was stripped of his official positions. Lopes-Graça responded in music, evolving a feisty, wiry Bartókian style that drew on Portuguese folk-music.
This recording features Lopes-Graça’s own Bechstein piano, played by Olga Prats, who worked closely with him.
A Fanfare review of Vol.1 in this series said: ‘the disc should be heard by 20th-century-music lovers: It introduces three of the most personally significant works of a strong, individual voice’.
Olga Prats has long been considered one of the foremost interpreters of Portuguese piano music, and that of Fernando Lopes‐Graça in particular. She has a distinguished record as performer, in chamber music as well as a soloist and a teacher. She has worked closely with several leading composers and is the dedicatee of a number of works. She gave her debut recital in 1952 and thus has been active as a musician for over 60 years.
The Quarteto Lopes-Graça was formed at the National Conservatory School of Music in Lisbon by four of its teachers with outstanding solo and chamber careers, and has premiered the works of a number of major Portuguese composers.
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