Joly Braga Santos’ Symphony No. 2
Álvaro Cassuto, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Inspired by a recent David Hurwitz talk about the music of someone I’d never previously heard of, I just purchased this recording of one of Joly Braga Santos’ second symphony and a short ballet called ‘Crossroads’. The Symphony is decent enough stuff: Braga Santos’ was allegedly influenced by the Ralph Vaughan William school of modal composition, but the family resemblance doesn’t seem especially obvious to me on this, my first hearing. Definitely someone worth persisting with, however. And Presto seem to have no end of his stuff for sale, at least!