Serenata: Brazilian Music for Chamber Orchestra | Naxos 8574405

Serenata: Brazilian Music for Chamber Orchestra


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574405

Barcode: 0747313440573

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 7th October 2022



Brazilian composers in the 19th century often sought state scholarships to enable them to study in Europe where they were to become influenced by the German, Italian and French compositional schools. They also became involved in the vogue for writing suites based on ancient dances, such as Nepomuceno’s delightful Ancient Suite, premiered at Grieg’s home, or Braga’s Madrigal-Pavana which evokes the belle époque ballrooms of Rio de Janeiro. Miguéz’s Suite in the Old Style is polyphonic and lively, while Gomes’s Sonata for Strings is his finest non-operatic work.

The English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) has been performing across the UK and globally for over 60 years and is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world. The ECO celebrates and builds upon its tradition of maintaining the highest international musical standards, nurturing new talent and focusing on the ‘best of British’ music and musicianship.

Neil Thomson has been principal conductor and artistic director of the Goiás Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014, leading the orchestra to national prominence with its championing of Brazilian and contemporary repertoire. He also enjoys a busy international career working with all the major UK and Japanese orchestras, among many others.

2022 marks 200 years since the proclamation of Brazil’s independence, by Dom Pedro I in September 1822. Developed in collaboration with the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ‘Music of Brazil’ series presents around 100 orchestral, chamber, choral and vocal works from the 19th and 20th centuries and will be recorded by the country’s top orchestras, ensemble and artists.

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