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21st Century Classics - Balada: Violin Concerto No 1, Etc


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554708   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonardo Balada
Performer:  Andrés Cárdenes
Conductor:  Matthias Aeschbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leonardo Balada (b. 1933) is a contemporary Spanish composer heavily influenced by native Catalan folk music who also manages to transcend the imposing presence and influence of his countryman Manuel de Falla. Witness the extraordinary Violin Concerto of 1982, most of whose 26 minutes is devoted to the pyrotechnics of the soloist, in this case Andrés Cárdenes, whose skill easily matches the temperament of this beautiful--and decidedly original--work. Folk Dreams shows influences that range beyond Spain's borders--Latvia and Ireland, to be specific. The Latvian melody, called "Line and Thunder", is particularly striking. Sardana of 1979 evokes more of a western Mediterranean mood than a specifically Spanish one, with all sorts of playfully Read more shrill violins and dance motifs. Flamenco rhythms inform the Fantasías Sonoras (1987), which is something of a concerto for orchestra that highlights not only each instrument and orchestral section but also Balada's ear for common melodies and his ability to incorporate them in a wide range of rhythmic structures. The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra takes to this music quite well and the sound quality--typical for Naxos these days--is rich and full. Give this one a listen.

--Paul Cook, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 by Leonardo Balada
Performer:  Andrés Cárdenes (Violin)
Conductor:  Matthias Aeschbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USA 
2.
Sardana by Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Matthias Aeschbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
3.
Folk Dreams by Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Matthias Aeschbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
4.
Fantasias Sonoras by Leonardo Balada
Conductor:  Matthias Aeschbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto: I. --
Violin Concerto: II.--
Violin Concerto: III. --
Folk Dreams: I. Line and Thunder (On a Latvian Melody)
Folk Dreams: II. Shadows (On a Catalan Melody)
Folk Dreams: III. Echoes (On Irish Melodies)
Sardana: Dance of Catalonia: Sardana
Fantasias sonoras: Fantasias Sonoras

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