LUIZ DE FREITAS BRANCO (1890-1955): String Quartet (Quarteto Lyra), Adagio for Strings, JOLY BRAGA SANTOS (1924-1988): Adagio non troppo from Concerto in G for String Orchestra, Op. 17, LUIGI BOCCHERINI (1743-1805): Cello Concerto in G.
Catalogue Number: 04J014
Reference: NUM 1152
Description: The couplings are, of course, senseless and frustrating but this is likely to be the only way to own Freitas Branco's only string quartet, which dates from 1911. As harmonically up to date as you could expect (Ravel, Debussy, tonal Schoenberg), it's an attractive 26-minute work. No English notes but 21 pages of fine-print Portuguese notes which minutely analyze each of the works: there are 60 tracks on the disc (we did say "minutely"!). Jed Barahal (cello), Orquestra Raízes Ibéricas; José Atalaya.