Joly Braga Santos: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 3
Label: TOCCATA CLASSICS
Format: COMPACT DISC
Lima, Irene; Strynckx, Catherine; Braga Santos, Leonor; Saiote, Antonio; Cunha, Luis; Prats, Olga; Ivo Cruz, Nuno; Carreira, Carolino
Joly Braga Santos (1924–88) was one of the most important composers in twentieth-century Portugal. In his early works his fondness for modal harmony, absorbed from the Portuguese masters of the Renaissance, and his busy counterpoint combine to make him sound surprisingly close to such particularly English composers as Vaughan Williams and Moeran. Although his harmonic language became more astringent with time, it retained a burly sense of humor and a powerful charge of energy, often infused with the spirit of Portuguese folk-dance.