Podcast: The Music of Brazil. Oscar Lorenzo Fernández (1897–1948)

July 05, 2024

LORENZO FERNANDEZ, O.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, O Caçador de Esmeraldas / Reisado do pastoreio (Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Mechetti)

LORENZO FERNÁNDEZ, O.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, “O Caçador de Esmeraldas” / Reisado do pastoreio
Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Mechetti

Five years into the celebrated Naxos Music of Brazil series, we reach Vol. 21 and the music of Oscar Lorenzo Fernández (1897–1948), who was a key figure in the cultural life of Rio de Janeiro.

Lorenzo Fernández’s two symphonies suffered neglect after the composer’s untimely death at the age of fifty. Raymond Bisha introduces the world premiere recording of the powerful First Symphony, and the first modern studio recording of the programmatic Second Symphony.