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Álvaro Cassuto is Portugal’s foremost conductor. He has been music director of the Portuguese National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the University of California Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of New York, the Israel Raanana Symphony Orchestra, and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. He was also the founding music director of three other Portuguese orchestras, the Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra and the Algarve Orchestra. Born in Porto, he studied in Lisbon, and after establishing himself as one of the most promising young composers of the avant-garde of the early 1960s, went on to study conducting with Herbert von Karajan in Berlin. After graduating from the Law School at the University of Lisbon, he obtained his conducting degree in Vienna. A recipient of the Koussevitzky Prize in Tanglewood among many other honours, he has enjoyed a career of high international acclaim, and spent almost two decades in the United States where his annual subscription concerts at Carnegie Hall with the National Orchestra of New York were enthusiastically received by the New York Times. He has been a frequent guest of many leading orchestras, including the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and dozens of others across the world, and has a discography encompassing over fifty recordings with a variety of orchestras and for different labels, among which a highly successful ongoing series for Marco Polo and Naxos, initiated in 1997 and dedicated to Portugal’s most important composers, which has met with enthusiastic, unanimous praise from the international press. In 2009 the president of Portugal bestowed on him the award of Grand Officer of the Military Order of Sant’Iago da Espada, the highest honour granted to a musician.

The Music of My Country – Portuguese Conductor Álvaro Cassuto Talks with Jeremy Siepmann

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Art and Music: Goya - Music of His Time Naxos
BOMTEMPO: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
BRAGA SANTOS, J.: Alfama Suite / Symphonic Overture No. 3 / Elegia a Viana da Mota (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Cassuto) Naxos
BRAGA SANTOS: Cello Concerto / Divertimentos Nos. 1 and 2 Marco Polo
Orchestral, Concertos
BRAGA SANTOS: Sinfonietta for Strings / Violin Concerto Marco Polo
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
BRAGA SANTOS: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5 Marco Polo
BRAGA SANTOS: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 6 Marco Polo
BRAGA SANTOS: Symphony No. 2 / Encruzilhada Marco Polo
Orchestral, Ballet
BRAGA SANTOS: Symphony No. 4 / Symphonic Variations Marco Polo
CASSUTO, Á.: Return to the Future / Song of Loneliness / To Love and Peace / Visiting Friends (Rosado, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Cassuto) Naxos
DITTERSDORF: Symphonies in D Major, A Major and E-Flat Major Naxos
FREITAS BRANCO, L. de: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (Cassuto) - Symphony No. 1 / Scherzo fantasique / Suite alentejana No. 1 Naxos
FREITAS BRANCO, L. de: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (Cassuto) - Symphony No. 2 / After a Reading of Guerra Junqueiro / Artificial Paradises Naxos
FREITAS BRANCO, L. de: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 (Cassuto) - Symphony No. 3 / The Death of Manfred / Suite alentejana No. 2 Naxos
FREITAS BRANCO, L. de: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (Cassuto) - Symphony No. 4 / Vathek Naxos
FREITAS, F. de: Silly Girl's Dance (The) / The Wall of Love / Suite medieval / Ribatejo (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Cassuto) Naxos
LOPES-GRACA, F.: Sinfonia / Suite Rustica No. 1 / Poema de dezembro (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Cassuto) Naxos
PORTUGAL: Donne Cambiate (Le) Marco Polo
Spanish and Portuguese Orchestral Music Naxos

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