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Gomes: Complete Opera Overtures & Preludes

Gomes: Complete Opera Overtures & Preludes

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Carlos Gomes was not only Brazil's leading operatic composer, but he also helped pave the way for Italian verismo during the latter part of the 19th century. The preludes and overtures from his operas chart a course from early experimentation with orchestral sonority to a new conception of atmosphere and tension in his historically based dramas. In Alvorada (‘Dawn’) from Lo schiavo his descriptive writing comes close to the status of a symphonic poem. The music from his greatest artistic triumph, Il Guarany, weaves themes into an organic whole, while his final opera, Condor, is reminiscent of French orchestral music in its employment of whole-tone scales.


Gomes is an unjustifiably neglected composer whose music is overflowing with memorable melodies and audacious harmonies. And what about the dramatic content? I dare say, if you allow me, it is as vibrant as Verdi’s. I encourage you to invest in this beautiful album which will definitely sweep you off your feet. Sound and annotations are first-rate.

-- Classical Music Daily

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Product Description:

  • Release Date: March 24, 2023

  • UPC: 747313440979

  • Catalog Number: 8574409

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Romantic

  • Composer: Carlos Gomes

  • Conductor: Fabio Mechetti

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Performer: Fabio Mechetti