Portuguese wind music played by the Galliard Ensemble -
'... brilliantly played.'
Any recording by the Galliard Ensemble is worth acquiring
because the precision of their playing, colourful sound, and
sheer exuberance with which their extraordinarily varied
repertoire is instilled, are a constant delight -- and not
only to specialists in the wind quintet repertoire.
collection of Portuguese pieces includes quintets by two
past major musical figures in Portugal: Joly Braga Santos
(1924-1988), whose little Scherzino demonstrates within
three minutes his succinct personality, and Fernando
Lopes-Graça (1906-1994), the most significant twentieth-century
Portuguese composer. His Sete Lembranças para Vieira da
Silva, an artist who was his contemporary and a leading
advocate of cubism in the country, contain much of the
delicacy and skill of his technical authority, and are
[listen -- track 13: 0:47-1:39].
Copyright © 11 April 2004
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK