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António Pinho Vargas
1951 -
A. Pinho Vargas
António Pinho Vargas (15/08/1951) is a Portuguese composer and pianist (born in Vila Nova de Gaia) specialized in the performance and writing of Jazz and contemporary music. He has also written books, essays and articles on the subject of music. Having obtained a degree in history at the University of Porto, he later proceeded to study music at the Rotterdam Conservatory (from 1987 until 1990) where he graduated in Musical Composition. He has been teaching Music Composition at the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon since 1991. Early in his career he became a leading name in Portuguese Jazz, where one could already often hear the influence of contemporary music. He recorded seven albums in his Jazz style, the first being Outros Lugares (1983). He also wrote seven soundtracks for Portuguese films and two theatrical plays. Since his return from the Netherlands he has mainly been a classical composer, having written three operas, several orchestral and ensemble pieces, and also works recorded by the Arditti Quartet, the Galliard Ensemble, the Royal Scottish Academy Brass and the Northern Sinfonia, among others.
Period:21st century
Composed in:2012
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Naxos 8.573277
Requiem (2012) contains:
01. Introitus 05:59
02. Kyrie 01:14
03. Dies Irae 04:43
04. Confutactis, maledictis 01:59
05. Lacrimosa 05:51
06. Offertorium 03:26
07. Sanctus 01:51
08. Agnus Dei 02:58
09. Libera me 04:48

♫ 01. Introitus
© Naxos 8.573277

♫ 02. Kyrie
© Naxos 8.573277

♫ 03. Dies Irae
© Naxos 8.573277

♫ 04. Confutactis, maledictis
© Naxos 8.573277

♫ 05. Lacrimosa
© Naxos 8.573277

♫ 06. Offertorium
© Naxos 8.573277

♫ 07. Sanctus
© Naxos 8.573277

♫ 08. Agnus Dei
© Naxos 8.573277

♫ 09. Libera me
© Naxos 8.573277
Much decorated by his native country, António Pinho Vargas, originally best known for his jazz performances, is now one of Portugal’s leading classical composers. His instrumental and film music has won numerous awards, and his chamber works have been performed by some of the world’s leading ensembles. In turning to the sacred, Pinho Vargas has crafted music of moving declamatory power. He has organised Judas into five specific scenes with an epilogue, whilst the Requiem is a very personal and powerful reply, in the composer’s words, ‘to a history of numerous works of the past’.