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The world premiere recording of Matinas do Natal by Marcos Portugal. This monumental work, composed in Rio de Janeiro in 1811 and recorded by the Turicum Ensemble, is the first sacred work by the composer to be successfully restored by musicologists.


Marcos Portugal forged a brilliant career as a composer, equally at home in Europe and the New World. Having spent ten years composing sacred music and opera in Portugal, Marcos Portugal moved to Italy, where he spent an intense six and a half year sojourn. During this period he wrote twenty-two operas that enjoyed unprecedented success; productions were counted in the hundreds and concerts in the thousands.