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Leonardo Balada: Four world première performances of his works during 2007-08

October 15, 2007

Leonardo Balada is one of the leading Spanish composers writing in a highly personal modern idiom. With seven albums devoted to Balada's music in its catalogue, Naxos is the label that champions the contemporary composer and made his works available to music lovers worldwide. The eighth album will be released in early 2008 and includes two cantatas: Maria Sabina and Dionisio: In Memoriam recorded by the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid. Below is an overview of upcoming international performances of Balada's compositions, all new works are scheduled to be recorded by Naxos.

In September Leonardo Balada’s chamber opera The Town of Greed (1982) together with its complementary opera Hangman, Hangman! (1997) received five performances in a world première staged-production at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, Spain. The two operas were studio recorded (but not staged) by the Carnegie Mellon Opera Theater for Naxos in 2002 (Naxos 8.557090).

On 21 September, the Hungarian Chamber Symphony Orchestra gave the world première performance of A Little Night Music in Harlem (2006) for string orchestra in Budapest. The work is a contemporary fantasy on Mozart’s Serenade for strings in G major, K 525.

On 28 October the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra will give the world première performance of Concerto for Three Cellos and Orchestra- a German Concerto (2006) at the Berlin Philharmonie. The concerto uses as principal material the German song Die Moorsoldaten (The Peat Bog Soldiers), a famous German political resistance songs created in the Emslandlager concentration camps. For more information click here.

The two operas The Town of Greed together with Hangman, Hangman! will be performed at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona, Spain. Performance dates are 15, 17, 18 November 2007. For more information, click here .

MARCH 2008:
On 27 March 2008, the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra will give the première of Caprichos No. 4-Quasi Jazz (2007) a work for solo contrabass and chamber orchestra. The soloist will be Jeff Turner, principal contrabassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.


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