LEONARDO BALADA (b.1933): Caprichos No. 6 for Clarinet and Piano, No. 7 for Clarinet and Instrumental Ensemble “Fantasies of ‘La Tarara’” and No. 10 for Piano Trio “Fantasy of ‘La Pastoreta’”, Ballet City for Chamber Ensemble, Spiritual for Cello and Piano.

Catalogue Number: 08U050

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.579036

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: Balada’s series of Caprichos, suite-like pieces illustrate the range of his invention. Fusing traditional and contemporary elements, they generate a symbiosis between the ethnic and the avant-garde, as in No. 7, a 23-minute piece from 2009 in which an Andalusian folk melody is transformed into a surrealist canvas, and in the vividly descriptive dissonance of No. 6 from the same year. Ballet City is a youthful work (1959/2013), reflecting Balada’s early enthusiasm for neo-classicism. Luis Fernández-Castelló (clarinet), Pere Joan Carrascosa (cello), Marcos Sanjuan (violin), Joan Sureda, Óscar Oliver (piano), Ensemble Col legno; Robert Ferrer.


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