De Freitas: Complete Music for Violin
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Composers: Frederico De Freitas
Artists: Carlos Damas (violin), Jill Lawson (violin), Jian Hong (violoncello)
Frederico de Freitas (1902-1980) was one of the most important musical figures of 20th century Portugal: a composer, conductor (founder of the Portuguese radio orchestra), writer, teacher and instrumentalist (piano, violin).
His early compositions are inspired by the musical trends of the time (polyrhythms and polytonality), later he developed a more classical style, in which his own harmonic language (augmented modality) and the inspiration of his country’s rich folk music tradition are the most important elements.
This CD contains De Freitas’ complete works for violin and piano, music of a rich originality, worthy to discover and cherish.
Portuguese violinist Carlos Damas is a strong advocate of this music: sensuous tone, intimacy and passion, perfectly suited to the music’s mood. Pianist Jill Lawson is an excellent partner, the duo having successfully recorded for Brilliant Classics already (Antonio Fragoso, works for violin and piano, BC 94158).
00:00:00 Allegro appassionato for Violin and Piano
00:08:21 Notturno for Violin and Piano
00:12:09 Sonata for Violin and Piano: I. Allegro moderato
00:21:50 Sonata for Violin and Piano: II. Adagio con molto espressione e sentiment
00:28:26 Sonata for Violin and Piano: III. Allegro con spirit
00:35:46 Berceuse for Violin and Piano
00:38:25 Clown Dance for Violin and Piano
00:41:12 3 Short Pieces: I. Serenata perdida
00:43:15 3 Short Pieces: II. Música para funerais
00:46:20 3 Short Pieces: III. Alla zingarese
00:48:11 Sonata for Violin and Violoncello: I. Andante quasi moderato
00:55:32 Sonata for Violin and Violoncello: II. Scherzo pittoresco
00:59:18 Sonata for Violin and Violoncello: III. Adagio non tanto
01:05:38 Sonata for Violin and Violoncello: IV. Allegro appassionato