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Almeida: Il Trionfo d'Amore
By Ana Quintans; Ana; Carlos Mena; Joana Seara; Fernando Guimaraes; Catia Moreso; Joao Fernandes; Voces Caelestes; Os Musicos do Tejo; Marcos Magalhaes. By Francisco Antonio De Almeida. Classical. 2 CDs. Published by Naxos (NX.8573380-81).
Item Number: NX.8573380-81
Studies in Rome equipped Francisco Antonio de Almeida for high musical standing at the court of the Portuguese King, Joao V. Here he wrote a series of admired operas but also embarked on serenatas, court spectacles of a more private nature. Il Trionfo d'Amore, a scherzo pastorale, was written to celebrate the King's name-day. Ranging from intimacy to ceremonial splendour, with several sublime arias, not least the beautiful In queste lacrime, as well as dramatic passages, it reveals de Almeida to be one of the outstanding Portuguese composers of the eighteenth century.