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Balada: La Muerte de Colón / Page, Garrison, Jenkins, Mueller, Okerlund, et al

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> Death of Columbus - Act II Scene 1, "En un poblado indio" (In an Indian villaga): Dance: Ay! (Voices)
> Death of Columbus - Act II Scene 2, "Lecho de muerte 3" (Death-Bed 3): Aaje, aaja, aajo … (Indians, Mysterious Character, Columbus, Monks)
> Death of Columbus - Act II Scene 3, "Amadisimas" (Beloved Ones!): Cristobal … (Beatrice, Queen Isabella, Columbus)
> Death of Columbus - Act II Scene 4, "Lecho de muerte 4" (Death-Bed 4): Mal supisteis llevar de la mano (Mysterious Character, Columbus, Monks)
> Death of Columbus - Act II Scene 5, "Los Heroes" (The Heroes): Colon! Yo, Vespucio! (Vespucci, Magellan, Columbus, Mysterious Character, Monks, Bolivar, Zapata)
> Death of Columbus - Act II Scene 6, "Apocalipsis" (Apocalypse): Ellos son los verdaderos heroes (Mysterious Character, Monks, Columbus, Voices, Apocalyptic, Apocalyptic Characters 2, 3, 4, Beatrice, Isabella)
> Death of Columbus - Act II Scene 7, "Perdonadme" (Forgive Me): Ave verum corpus, natum de Maria Virgine (Monks, Columbus)
> Death of Columbus - Act I Scene 7, "Jerusalen" (Jerusalem): Ja, ja, ja! (Courtiers, Columbus, Queen Isabella)
> Death of Columbus - Act I Scene 8, "Los Colones" (The Columbuses): Los Colones, los hijos, los hermanos (Hernando, Diego (son), Diego (brother), Bartholomew)

Album Summary

>Balada, Leonardo : La Muerte de Colon, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

Composed as a sequel to 'Christopher Columbus', Leonardo Balada's 'The Death of Columbus' has been critically acclaimed as "uncommonly impressive and winning". From its spectacular opening scene depicting the triumphant return of Columbus to Barcelona from his discovery of the New World, to the tormented delirium of the great explorer's death-bed scene, 'The Death of Columbus' is an intensely moving opera, filled with lyrical melodies and imaginative orchestration. This is a landmark addition to Naxos' highly-praised series of Balada's music.

"When not compared to its extraordinary predecessor [Balada's opera Christobal Colon, available on NXS 8660237], this is undeniably an engaging piece, one that anyone who enjoyed the earlier opera will want to hear. The recording, made immediately after the 2005 premiere of the work, is a triumph for the many Carnegie Mellon University musicians involved. Naxos and university engineer Ricardo Schultz provide top-drawer sound for this complex score. Recommended." - Fanfare


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Works Details

>Balada, Leonardo : La Muerte de Colón, opera
  • Performers: Judith Jenkins (Voice); Katy Shackleton-Williams (Voice); Dimitrie Lazich (Voice); Milutin Lazich (Voice); Raymond Blackwell (Voice); Jon Garrison (Tenor); Brent Stater (Voice); David Okerlund (Voice); Kathryn Mueller (Soprano); Arturo Martín (Voice)
  • Conductor: Robert Page
  • Notes: Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (01/16/2005-01/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993