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Revolution and Discovery - Balada

Album Summary

>Balada, Leonardo : Zapata, images for orchestra
>Balada, Leonardo : Columbus, images for orchestra
>Balada, Leonardo : Reflejos, for flute & strings
>Balada, Leonardo : Divertimentos for Strings
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Leonardo Balada is a Catalan composer, born in 1933, who has spent most of his mature artistic life in the US; since 1970 he has taught at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University. This disc is a fine introduction to his art, which evidences real musicality and a vivid imagination...the Divertimentos for string orchestra...is simply a marvelous piece...The performance is spectacular; if this Carnegie Mellon ensemble is a student one, they should be cloned and shipped out to other institutions!... The concert recordings are sonically fine and interpretively sure. This is a welcome addition to Balada's discography, which is not huge (though substantial, featuring three major releases on New World). All works appear to be premiere recordings, and so this is both a good introduction to the composer as well as an important disc for those following his career. I appreciate Balada's imaginative flair, passionate utterance, and desire to stretch expressive boundaries - all qualities well served by this release." - Robert Carl, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Balada, Leonardo : Zapata, images for orchestra
  • Conductor: Manuel Galduf
  • Ensemble: Valencia Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Balada, Leonardo : Columbus, images for orchestra
  • Conductor: Sergiu Comissiona
  • Ensemble: Spanish Radio/TV Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Balada, Leonardo : Reflejos, for flute & strings
  • Performer: Alberto Almarza (Flute)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1988

>Balada, Leonardo : Divertimentos for Strings
  • Conductor: Eduardo Alonso-Crespo
  • Ensemble: Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 17 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991