Frederico de Freitas was one of Portugal's most prolific composers, whose highly successful ballets are inspired by local folklore and romance. The Silly Girl's Dance
is a work of exuberant musical vitality about a timid village girl who turns out to be the loveliest of them all. The Wall of Love
describes innocent amorous encounters, the Medieval Suite
conjures 'the fragrance of medieval Portuguese poetry', while dances, songs and 'fiestas' are evoked in the lively Ribatejo
is Portugal's foremost conductor. He has a discography encompassing over fifty recordings, among which is a highly successful ongoing series for Marco Polo and Naxos, initiated in 1997 and dedicated to Portugal's most important composers, which has met with enthusiastic and unanimous praise from the international press.