Braga Santos: Symphony No. 2; Crossroads

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COMPOSERS: Braga Santos
LABELS: Marco Polo
WORKS: Symphony No. 2; Crossroads
PERFORMER: Bournemouth SO/Álvaro Cassuto
CATALOGUE NO: 8.225216
Portugal’s principal 20th-century symphonist exemplifies Anglo-Portuguese cultural fertilisation. Joly Braga Santos’s big Second, written at the age of 23, is deeply imbued with Walton and especially RVW, with a little Copland on the side. English music enthusiasts shouldn’t hesitate: it’s heart-warming stuff, and the spiky/folkloric ballet is fun, too. Calum MacDonald