Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa

Main Programme

Venue: Monastery of Alcobaça - Fence

Music and Revolution


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As early as 1945, Fernando Lopes-Graça himself invited adaptations of his Canções Heróicas to be sung solo or played by any instrumental ensemble. The aim was to make them accessible to "everyone". Conductor Luís Cardoso accepted the challenge and adapted some of these songs for orchestra. In a different way, Anne Victorino d'Almeida also recovered Zeca Afonso's melodies and brought them to more people with Histórias de Abril. And because it's all about the spirit of change, Beethoven's famous Fate Symphony comes to mind.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Sinfonia N.º 5, em dó menor, Op. 67 (1807)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro

Anne Victorino d’Almeida (1978–)
Histórias de Abril (2016)

Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906–1994)
Canções Heróicas (1955)
I. Acordai!
II. Mãe Pobre
III. Convite
IV. Firmeza
V. Jornada
VI. Canto de Paz
Arranjos para orquestra de Luís Cardoso

José Eduardo Gomes, musical direction

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