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Balada: Caprichos Nos. 1 & 5 / Bertrand Pietu, Aldo Mata, Tatiana Franco

Audio Samples

>Balada, Leonardo : Caprichos no 1, for guitar & string orchestra ("Homage to Federico García Lorca")
>Balada, Leonardo : Caprichos no 5, for cello & string orchestra ("Homage to Isaac Albéniz")
>Balada, Leonardo : A Little Night Music in Harlem, for string orchestra
>Balada, Leonardo : Reflejos, for flute & strings

Album Summary

>Balada, Leonardo : Caprichos no 1, for guitar & string orchestra ("Homage to Federico García Lorca")
>Balada, Leonardo : Caprichos no 5, for cello & string orchestra ("Homage to Isaac Albéniz")
>Balada, Leonardo : A Little Night Music in Harlem, for string orchestra
>Balada, Leonardo : Reflejos, for flute & strings
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Catalan-born Leonardo Balada fuses tradition with modernity and folk with the avant-garde, producing music of stunning sonorities. Caprichos No. 1 pays homage to the poet Lorca in a blend of virtuosic writing and transformative dance rhythms. In Caprichos No. 5, based on Albéniz's piano music, distorted melodies are revealed, as well as instruments engaging in exciting duels. A Little Night Music in Harlem sees Mozart translated via surrealist sleight of hand, whilst Reflejos balances lament with typically incendiary brilliance.

David's Review Corner
Two peaceful central movements take us back to the opening with the orchestra in a dual with the cello before a peaceful ending. Using motifs from Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik create the unusual string sonorities in A Little Night Music in Harlem, a score that is far from sleep generating. Back to 1988 the two movements for flute and strings in Reflejos contrast sorrow and exuberance.The soloists, Bertrand Pietu, a fine French guitarist; the highly acclaimed Spanish cellist, Aldo Mata, and the flute of the Iberian Chamber Orchestra, Tatiana Franco, are all highly persuasive. The strings of the Iberian group are a very potent and well-balanced group.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
There is nothing earth shattering on this release, though it is all competent and professionally executed. The recent transformation pieces are enjoyable and worth hearing. None of this should offend anyone. The orchestra hails from Spain and includes conservatory students. Notes by the composer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City of León Auditorium, Spain (06/25/2010-06/27/2010).



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Works Details

>Balada, Leonardo : Caprichos no 1, for guitar & string orchestra ("Homage to Federico García Lorca")
  • Performer: Bertrand Pietu (Guitar)
  • Conductor: José Temes
  • Ensemble: Iberian Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: City of León Auditorium, Spain (06/25/2010-06/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Balada, Leonardo : Caprichos no 5, for cello & string orchestra ("Homage to Isaac Albéniz")
  • Performer: Aldo Mata (Cello)
  • Conductor: José Temes
  • Notes: City of León Auditorium, Spain (06/25/2010-06/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Balada, Leonardo : A Little Night Music in Harlem, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: José Temes
  • Notes: City of León Auditorium, Spain (06/25/2010-06/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2006

>Balada, Leonardo : Reflejos, for flute & strings
  • Performer: Tatiana Franco (Flute)
  • Conductor: José Temes
  • Notes: City of León Auditorium, Spain (06/25/2010-06/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1988