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Balada: Symphony No 5, Etc / Alonso-crespo, Seville Royal So


Release Date: 03/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557749   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Eduardo Alonso-Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leonardo Balada's Fifth Symphony follows a convincing emotional progression, from an ominous opening in his avant-garde style, through a largely serene "Reflection" based on a Negro spiritual, and closing with a brilliant square-dance finale. I just wish that the first movement had not been subtitled "9/11: In Memoriam". The last two words would have done fine, and there have been so many tasteless, opportunistic tributes to that awful day from the classical music world (most egregiously John Adams' atrocious On the Transmigration of Souls) that the entire phenomenon deserves its own sociological study. Balada is too good a composer to need to hitch his cart to the 9/11 bandwagon. He has written a fine symphony, and Read more that's all that needs to be said.


The remaining works reveal Balada's inventive ear for sonority (as in Divertimentos--three studies in string playing technique), and his inventive way with "found" materials. These range from Mozart's Prague Symphony in the eponymous Prague Sinfonietta, to Spanish music in Quasi un Pasodoble. The entire program is nicely varied and admirably planned to show the versatility and diversity of the composer's personal idiom. Naxos' ongoing series of Balada's music is establishing him as a major and truly distinctive creative voice, and as with previous issues the performances are very good, the engineering equally so.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 "American" by Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Eduardo Alonso-Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
Venue:  Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain 
Length: 23 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain (01/31/2005 - 02/03/2005) 
2.
Prague Sinfonietta by Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Eduardo Alonso-Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
Venue:  Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain 
Length: 10 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain (01/31/2005 - 02/03/2005) 
3.
Divertimentos for Strings by Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Eduardo Alonso-Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Venue:  Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain 
Length: 17 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain (01/31/2005 - 02/03/2005) 
4.
Quasi un pasodoble by Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Eduardo Alonso-Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Venue:  Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain 
Length: 11 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain (01/31/2005 - 02/03/2005) 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 5, "American": I. 9/11: In Memoriam
Symphony No. 5, "American": II. Reflection
Symphony No. 5, "American": III. Square Dance
Prague Sinfonietta
Divertimentos: Divertimento I
Divertimentos: Divertimento II
Divertimentos: Divertimento III
Quasi un pasodoble

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