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Leonardo Balada (b.1933): Sinfonía en Negro - Homage to Martin Luther King / Emanuel Abbuhl, oboe; Joan Enric Lluna, clarinet

Album Summary

>Balada, Leonardo : Symphony no 1 ("Sinfonía en Negro - Homenaje a Martin Luther King")
>Balada, Leonardo : Double Concerto, for oboe, clarinet & orchestra
>Balada, Leonardo : Columbus, images for orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A strong opponent of oppression in all its forms, Leonardo Balada met Martin Luther King in 1967. His Sinfonia en Negro is a powerful response to King's subsequent murder as well as a description of the black people's journey in the Americas from slavery to freedom. Both the Sinfonía and the virtuoso Double Concerto use Balada's pioneering blend of ethnic music with avant-garde techniques, while Columbus: Images for Orchestra is a free adaptation of four contrasting scenes from his acclaimed opera Christopher Columbus (8.660237-38). In 2007 Leonardo Balada won an Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters that helped make this recording possible.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Leonardo Balada's Sinfonia en Negro: Homage to Martin Luther King (1968) was the result of an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. There are some very sweet moments in the Double Concerto that allow the oboe and clarinet to weave together as they survey Mexican folk melodies that Balada transcribed for the piece. It is a specialty item.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio de la Diputación de Málaga, Spain (11/21/2012-11/23/2012).



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>Balada, Leonardo : Symphony no 1 ("Sinfonía en Negro - Homenaje a Martin Luther King")
  • Conductor: Edmon Colomer
  • Ensemble: Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Auditorio de la Diputación de Málaga, Spain (11/21/2012-11/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1968

>Balada, Leonardo : Double Concerto, for oboe, clarinet & orchestra
  • Performers: Emanuel Abbuhl (Oboe); Joan Lluna (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Edmon Colomer
  • Ensemble: Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Auditorio de la Diputación de Málaga, Spain (11/21/2012-11/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Balada, Leonardo : Columbus, images for orchestra
  • Conductor: Edmon Colomer
  • Ensemble: Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Auditorio de la Diputación de Málaga, Spain (11/21/2012-11/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991