Personalities | Carlos Gomes | Late Romantic | Classical
(Kar-loos Go’-mas) 1836–96
Gomes was the son of a bandmaster, and after studies at the Imperial Conservatory of Music in Rio de Janeiro, he settled in Italy. His comedies Se sa minga and Nella Luna (1867–68) were successful, but international recognition really arrived with the composition of Il Guarany (La Scala, 1870), whose exotic score includes colourful Latin American and Indian dances. After Fosca (1873), Salvator Rosa (1874) and Maria Tudor (1879), Gomes repeated his success with Lo Schiavo (‘The Slave’, 1889), again on a Brazilian subject. His last opera, Condor, evinced the new verismo style; his oratorio Colombo (1892) was performed on the Columbus Anniversary in Rio.
Il Guarany, soloists, Beethovenhalle Orchestra & Chorus , Bonn (cond) John Nesching (Sony)
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