MARCOS PORTUGAL (1762-1830): Vésperas de Nossa Senhora in C, Missa a 4 in F.
Catalogue Number: 07Q037
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0238
Description: Two World Premiere Recordings add to the discography of this Portuguese-Brazilian composer: the Mass of c. 1804 dates from a few years before he departed Lisbon for Brazil and is of great length (the 41 minutes here at a live performance represent only its Kyrie and Gloria) and the Vespers are from Brazil around 1824. Both are very conservative in style (high Classical) and use a string ensemble with no violins and a male-only chorus which both contribute to a dark color for music which is otherwise bright and simple in affect. Ensemble Turicum; Mathias Weibel and Luiz Alves da Silva.