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Bruno Borralhinho
“Promoting music from my home country has always been one of my highest priorities and this recording gathers together the major works of the Portuguese repertoire for cello and orchestra. Due to the contrasting styles and diverse languages of these works, it also ended up becoming a synthesis of 20th-century Portuguese music in general. The recording includes works by some of Portugal's most important composers. We want to pique the interest of an international audience to this wonderful music, and I am delighted to have enjoyed the collaboration of the marvellous Gulbenkian Orchestra and conductor Pedro Neves to fulfil this mission.”

Bruno Borralhinho, cello soloist

Cello and Orchestra Music (Portuguese) - COSTA, L. / LOPES-GRAÇA, F. / FREITAS BRANCO, L. de / BRAGA SANTOS, J.
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Portuguese Music
for Cello and Orchestra
BRAGA SANTOS: Concerto for Cello
and Orchestra, Op. 66
LOPES-GRAÇA: Concerto da Camera col
Violoncello Obbligato, Op. 167
COSTA: Poema

Bruno Borralhinho, Cello • Orquestra Gulbenkian • Pedro Neves


This recording brings together for the first time some of Portugal’s leading composers in a unique programme dedicated to their works for cello and orchestra. The impressionistic and luxuriant harmonies of Luiz Costa’s Poema contrast with Fernando Lopes-Graça’s sombre and austere Concerto da Camera, a commission from Mstislav Rostropovich. Luís de Freitas Branco’s Cena Lírica is an early, romantically expressive piece, while the Concerto by his eminent pupil Joly Braga Santos is a hauntingly poetic symphonic masterpiece.

Listen to an extract from Luiz Costa's Poema

About the Artists
Bruno Borralhinho
Bruno Borralhinho is a member of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Ensemble Mediterrain. Born in Covilhã, Portugal, he studied with Luis Sá Pessoa in his native city and, later, with Markus Nyikos in Berlin and Truls Mørk in Oslo. He has also worked with Natalia Gutman, Antonio Meneses, Pieter Wispelwey, Anner Bylsma, Martin Ostertag and Marcio Carneiro.The recipient of a grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation, he won first prize at the Júlio Cardona Competition in 1999 and the Prémio Jovens Músicos in 2001.
Pedro Neves
Pedro Neves was born in the Portuguese city of Águeda. He studied conducting at Lisbon’s Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra with Jean-Marc Burfin, going on to further training with Emilio Pomàrico, Alexander Polishchuk, Lawrence Foster and Michael Zilm. Pedro Neves is regularly invited to conduct Portugal’s leading symphony orchestras and has been principal conductor of the Orquestra Esproarte and Orquestra do Algarve. He is principal conductor of the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho and guest conductor of the Orquestra Gulbenkian.
The Orquestra Gulbenkian
The Orquestra Gulbenkian was founded in 1962 and now comprises a core team of sixty-six instrumentalists, whose number is increased when programmes so require, enabling it to tackle repertoire ranging from Classical works to contemporary music. Based at Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation, it performs a cycle of concerts every season with some of the world’s greatest soloists and conductors. One of Portugal’s leading orchestras, the Gulbenkian has also performed to great success at venues around the world.
Recent releases of Portuguese music
“A very fine release that may be safely recommended to anyone wanting to know more about Portuguese music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.”
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