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Krishan Oberoi
American Record Guide, November 2018

…this is a valuable offering and a worthwhile sortie into the work of a somewhat neglected composer. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Richard Hanlon
MusicWeb International, September 2018

The third song in this later set is especially interesting. Cantiga à Virgem (Song to the Virgin) is a setting of a medieval poem; the music is ancient and timeless, the accompaniment spare, and the singing of both females [Gaspar and Moreso] exquisite.

The recording is perfectly fine. …This disc contains some beguiling repertoire and anyone who has been impressed by this composer’s large-scale orchestral works will find much to enjoy here. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2018

Today the name of Fernando Lopes-Graca does not frequently feature in the world’s concert halls, yet he was one of Portugal’s leading Twentieth century composers. In his long life he was a highly productive song writer, often prompted by the folk music of his own country and by those nations he had visited, this release covering a period of twenty-four years at the middle of his long life. Stylistically he belonged to a mainstream school of modern tonality, with the piano accompaniment more complex than the lyric quality of the vocal line. Though grouped together the songs are quite short and hover around two minutes, so the basic material does not undergo a great deal of development. Unfortunately the booklet notes that accompany the disc tell us precious little about them, particularly the basic subjects they deal with, or whether they were written for specific voices within the group of songs. That question stands uppermost in my mind as the Ten Hungarian Songs do not always sit happily in the range of the mezzo, Catia Moreso, while the young operatic soprano, Susan Gaspar, who has opened the disc with the Four Christmas Songs, would probably have been well suited to the Nine Russian Folk Songs, where the tenor of Fernando Guimaraes—who has just given a very beautiful account of the Two Romances by Armindo Rodrigues—at times sounds ill at ease. Still put those matters to one side and enjoy an introduction to some hugely enjoyable music, Nuno Vieira de Almeida’s piano bringing a perfectly balanced accompaniment. © 2018 David’s Review Corner





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