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Revolution And Discovery - Balada


Release Date: 12/14/1999 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 343   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonardo Balada
Performer:  Anthony BiancoAlberto Almarza
Conductor:  Manuel GaldufSergiu ComissionaEduardo Alonso-Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Valencia Symphony OrchestraSpanish Radio/TV OrchestraLatinoamericano String Quartet,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leonardo Balada, the Catalan composer who came to New York in 1956 to study composition, has been a powerful creative force for more than three decades. His highly personal avant-garde techniques in the sixties - dramatically as well as rhythmically imposing - sets his works like Guernica and Maria Sabina apart from composers of the time. Later, in the seventies, he was credited as a pioneer in blending the avant-garde with folkloric ideas mixing the new with the old- now a very fashionable trend- in works like Sinfonia en Negro-Homage to Martin Luther King (1968) and Homage to Casals and Sarasate (1975). His exposure to the plastic arts in New York was perhaps of greater significance to his style than the music he heard around him. In Read more Balada's music one finds by his own admission a perplexing amalgamation of traditional Spanish culture influenced by modern concepts of geometric art, "collages" as seen in the paintings of Rauschenberg and the surrealism of Salvador Dali. Balada had collaborated several times in New York during the early sixties. In an interview over a generation ago Balada explained his position towards this dichotomy saying: "If I go to Andalusia and choose to wear a "Cordobes" hat, or a cowboy hat in Texas or no hat at all on Wall Street, I still will be recognized as me, provided that my personality emerges in spite of my disguise." And his works are very personal indeed, through textural writing, blunt contrasts of ideas and dynamics, juxtaposition of opposing harmonies, mechanistic passages in layers of "staccato" writing, a rhythmic constancy and above all, a compelling sense of direction and goal in the form and drama of his music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Zapata - Images for Orchestra by Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Manuel Galduf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Valencia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/30/1995 
Venue:  Live  Music Palace, Valencia, Spain 
2. Columbus: Images for Orchestra by Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Sergiu Comissiona
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish Radio/TV Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/12/1992 
Venue:  Live  National Auditorium, Madrid, Spain 
3. Reflejos by Leonardo Balada
Performer:  Anthony Bianco (Double Bass), Alberto Almarza (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/10/1997 
Venue:  McConomy Hall, Carnegie Mellon Univ., PA 
4. Divertimentos for Strings by Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Eduardo Alonso-Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/27/1998 
Venue:  Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom, Pittsburgh, PA 

Sound Samples

Zapata: I. Waltz
Zapata: II. March
Zapata: III. Elegy
Zapata: IV. Wedding Dance
Columbus: I. En el Puerto de Palos (The Port of Palos)
Columbus: II. Almirante, Almirante! (Admiral, Admiral!)
Columbus: III. En donde esta la voluntad de Dios? (Where is the Will of God?)
Columbus: IV. Amanecer en las Indias (Dawn in the Indies)
Reflejos: I. Penas (Sorrow)
Reflejos: II. Alegrias (Exuberance)
Divertimentos: Divertimento No. 1
Divertimentos: Divertimento No. 2
Divertimentos: Divertimento No. 3

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