Leonardo Balada - Concerto for Piano, Winds & Percussion, and other works | Naxos 8573064

Leonardo Balada - Concerto for Piano, Winds & Percussion, and other works

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573064

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 29th June 2015

Contents

Artists

Enrique Graf (piano)
David Premo (cello)
Ashan Pillai (viola)
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble

Conductors

Denis Colwell
Stephen Story
Thomas Thompson
George Vosburgh

Works

Balada, Leonardo

Concerto for Cello and 9 Players
Concerto for piano, winds and percussion
Cumbres: A short symphony for band
Sonata for Ten Winds
Viola Concerto

Artists

Enrique Graf (piano)
David Premo (cello)
Ashan Pillai (viola)
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble

Conductors

Denis Colwell
Stephen Story
Thomas Thompson
George Vosburgh

About

Long admired as a pioneer of the blending of ethnic music with avant-garde techniques, Leonardo Balada first encountered experimental electronic music in New York in the early 1960s. It was to have a significant bearing on his compositional development.

In Cumbres (Heights), a ‘Short Symphony for Band’, he employs an ‘electronic’ effect with dramatic results. He pursues the idea of cluster-like textures in the Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion while also paying homage to Chopin, Poulenc and Stravinsky. Conflict and lyricism mark out the Viola Concerto, while the Sonata for Ten Winds was described by The New York Times as ‘an exciting instrumental showcase with motoric passages that are quite stunning’.

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