Cea, Leighton and the organs of Cuenca

Posted by Cristina Martí on September 2, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Uno de los órganos de la Catedral de CuencaThe I Organ Course ‘Julián de la Orden’, organised through the Cuenca Religious Music Week, began on 3 September and lasts until 11 September. Students of eight nationalities are attending classes of baroque organ taught by Brett Leighton and Andrés Cea, with a manualiter repertoire from the XVI-XVIII centuries; and a seminar given by David Catalunya, with a keyboard repertoire from the XIV and XV centuries.

As the opening act of the course, on 4 September a concert for two organs was given at the Cathedral of Cuenca by two of the teachers, the organists Andrés Cea and Brett Leighton, with a didactic character and specially addressed to a family audience, with the children being guided between oral explanations and musical examples in order to show them the technical possibilities and potential sound spectrum of these instruments.

Andrés Cea was born in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz). He studied in France and Switzerland, where Brett Leighton was a fellow student. He currently lives in Seville and teaches at the city’s conservatory. He has given concerts all over the world and recorded numerous albums, also performing with orchestras and other ensembles. Brett Leighton is Australian. He came to Europe for his organ studies and currently resides in Austria. He teaches in the city of Linz. He has performed numerous concerts on the most famous organs in Europe. Both organists had already played separately in the Cathedral of Cuenca and this was the first time they have given a concert together.

Among the activities during this course, the students have visited the archive of the Cathedral of Cuenca to view the musical documents kept there and also the musical instruments in its possession, and had the opportunity to get to know the organ in the church at Villar de Cañas. And on September 8, it was the students on the course who showed their expertise in a concert at the Cathedral.

On September 9, at 21.00 h. there will be a final recital in the Cathedral with the medieval music ensemble ‘Canto Coronato’ conducted by Professor David Catalunya.

Source: Voces de Cuenca

The I Organ Course ‘Julián de la Orden’, organised through the Cuenca Religious Music Week, began on 3 September and lasts until 11 September. Students of eight nationalities are attending classes of baroque organ taught by Brett Leighton and Andrés Cea, with a manualiter repertoire from the XVI-XVIII centuries; and a seminar given by David Catalunya, with a keyboard repertoire from the XIV and XV centuries.

As the opening act of the course, on 4 September a concert for two organs was given at the Cathedral of Cuenca by two of the teachers, the organists Andrés Cea and Brett Leighton, with a didactic character and specially addressed to a family audience, with the children being guided between oral explanations and musical examples in order to show them the technical possibilities and potential sound spectrum of these instruments.

Andrés Cea was born in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz). He studied in France and Switzerland, where Brett Leighton was a fellow student. He currently lives in Seville and teaches at the city’s conservatory. He has given concerts all over the world and recorded numerous albums, also performing with orchestras and other ensembles. Brett Leighton is Australian. He came to Europe for his organ studies and currently resides in Austria. He teaches in the city of Linz. He has performed numerous concerts on the most famous organs in Europe. Both organists had already played separately in the Cathedral of Cuenca and this was the first time they have given a concert together.

Among the activities during this course, the students have visited the archive of the Cathedral of Cuenca to view the musical documents kept there and also the musical instruments in its possession, and had the opportunity to get to know the organ in the church at Villar de Cañas. And on September 8, it was the students on the course who showed their expertise in a concert at the Cathedral.

On September 9, at 21.00 h. there will be a final recital in the Cathedral with the medieval music ensemble ‘Canto Coronato’ conducted by Professor David Catalunya.

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Our conductors (V): Alejandro Posada

Posted by Cristina Martí on August 31, 2011  |  Leave a comment

The subject of this article is the Colombian conductor Alejandro Posada. The inclusion of this conductor in the series “Our conductors” is a special case because Posada is the principal guest conductor of the Orquesta de Castilla y León, an ensemble that has itself worked closely on several occasions with the Cadaqués Orchestra in different concerts and on various recordings for the Tritó label, such as those we present today: two albums well worth listening to, among other reasons thanks to the eminent soloists who play on each one, the flutist Clara Andrada and the violinist Ara Malikian.

Alejandro Posada has been principal guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León since 2002 – you can see the details of his extensive career on his web page – and has done important artistic work for many years all over Europe and Latin America. He has conducted more than sixty orchestras in over twenty countries. In Europe he has conducted a long list of ensembles including the Belgrade Philharmonic, Sarajevo Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, Lower Austria Symphony Orchestra, Pro-Arte, the Vienna Residenzorchester, Szeged Symphony Orchestra from Hungary, the Vienna Mozart and the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie (Berlin). Elsewhere, he has conducted ensembles such as the Washington and the Taiwan symphony orchestras and the major orchestras of Central and South America, where in addition to having conducted all the Colombian orchestras he collaborates frequently with the Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), Orquestas Sinfónicas Nacional and Concepción (Chile), the Orquestra de Costa Rica, the Nacional from El Salvador, and many others.

In Spain he has conducted important symphonic ensembles on numerous occasions. These include the Sinfónica de Galicia, Sinfónica de Tenerife, Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Nacional de España, the Ciudad de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña,  the Sinfónica de Madrid and, as mentioned above, the Orquesta de Castilla y León.

One of the recordings made by Alejandro Posada for Tritó is the CD titled “Spanish Romantic Violin Concertos“, with pieces by Bretón and Monasterio performed by the brilliant and prestigious Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian. This CD is part of a project that Malikian himself initiated in conjunction with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León to revive and record concertos for violin and orchestra by Spanish composers. By the way, this recording is specially recommended by the reviews Audioclásica and Scherzo

The second recording has resulted in one of the most sold CDs in the Tritó shop: the flute concertos by Arturo Márquez, Xavier Montsalvatge and Joan Albert Amargós, performed by the flutist Clara Andrada. Each of these works has its own story: Montsalvatge’s concerto was composed for the current conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra Javier Martín, Amargós adapted the original version of his concerto for recorder to the transverse flute, specially for Clara, and the piece by Márquez was a contribution suggested by Alejandro Posada himself. You can read a review in Spanish of this CD here.

Reducing Dalí

Posted by Cristina Martí on August 30, 2011  |  Leave a comment

After the fantastic recent premiere of the opera in four acts, “Yo, Dalí”, by Xavier Benguerel, which was performed last June by the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid and the Coro del Teatro de la Zarzuela conducted by Antonio Fauró, the reduced version is now avalable from Tritó. The same as another reduction that we published this summer, The Magic Opal, by Albéniz, you can rent the full score of the opera or acquire this version for voices, choir and piano.

On continuation we would like to offer a short news item televised by RTVE on the occasion of the premiere, where you can listen to Benguerel himself discussing his work.

Video Yo Dali en RTVE

Three unpublished sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti now available

Posted by Cristina Martí on August 24, 2011  |  Leave a comment

This August has seen the issue of three unpublished sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti: the sonatas for harpsichord in A, in E and in F, with a study carried out by the musicologist and lecturer at the university of Valladolid Águeda Pedrero-Encabo.

Two of the three sonatas that make up this edition (the Sonata in E and the Sonata in A) were presented for the first time in a free transcription made by Enrique Granados in 1905 for piano and which Joel Sheveloff used to reconstruct the possible originals for harpsichord, as these were thought to be lost. However, this researcher concluded that the transcriptions made by the Catalan composer were not taken from works by Scarlatti, for which reason these sonatas have always been regarded as “dubious.”

Later, M. Ester-Sala discovered the supposedly lost manuscript – M1964 – in the Biblioteca de Catalunya. She published the two sonatas in a facsimile edition, leaving their analysis to other researchers, some of whom, such as Walter Aaron Clark, concluded that the sonata in A is not by Scarlatti but by Courcelle, and that the sonata in E was the work of an anonymous composer.

The present publication is intended to be a critical edition of the original scores of the sonatas in A mayor and E mayor, which makes it possible to study them directly, given that they possess enough of Scarlatti’s traits to suggest they are originals.

As always, we would like to have your opinion: Do you agree that they are by Domenico Scarlatti? Take a look at the Sonata in A and let us know what you think.

The Cuarteto Arriaga at the Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight

Posted by Cristina Martí on August 19, 2011  |  Leave a comment

As many of you will already know, the Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight has just taken place, an event with a wide-ranging programme where a large number of performers gather together at what is the oldest festival in Spain, dating back to 1939. It offers symphonic concerts, ballets, early music, chamber and contemporary music in diverse venues such as churches, the Palacio de Miramar, and the splendid Auditorio Kursaal, designed by Rafael Moneo.

Precisely in the chamber music hall at this auditorium, the Cuarteto Arriaga gave a concert on 24 August. The group presented an eclectic programme that included both classical and 20th century works, performing pieces by the composer from Vitoria, Jesús Guridi (Quartet nº 1 in G Major), Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (Quartet nº 2 in A Major), the virtuoso Italian celloist Luigi Boccherini (Quartet G159 in C minor, Op. 2, Nº1), and also Vistas al mar, a composition with a marked Mediterranean flavour, by Eduard Toldrá. This composer was an essential model for the Catalan music of the last century and he and Guridi were close friends. The programme was performed a second time on 26 August in the Parque Lamuza in the town of Llodio in Alava, as part of the “Quincena Andante”.

Consisting of the violinists Aitzol Iturriagagoitia and Rodrigo Bauzá, the violist Miguel Ángel Lucas and the cellist Damien Ventula, the Cuarteto Arriaga brings together four key figures in the world of European chamber music and their wide international experience is confirmed by the concerts they give all over Europe.

Escucha aquí audios de Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga

The Cuarteto Arriaga

The Magic Opal, by Isaac Albéniz, in a voice edition

Posted by Cristina Martí on August 18, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Even in August, Tritó continues working for Spanish music. So this last month we edited and published the reduction for piano of the opera The Magic Opal, a fantastic story in two acts with pirates, ghosts and impossible loves made possible by art of magic on the coast of Karatol, composed by Isaac Albéniz in his London period. And in this work we discover the composer’s personal style mixed with typical elements of Victorian opera.

Therefore, as we were saying, this opera, which up till now you could only obtain in its full version or rent, is now also available as a reduction for solo voices, choir and piano at a launch price of just 31.20 euros.

Our conductors (IV). Sir Neville Marriner

Posted by Cristina Martí on August 17, 2011  |  Leave a comment

In this fourth entry we continue our overview of the conductors who have recorded with Tritó. On this occasion, we call to mind Sir Neville Marriner, who has been principal guest conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra since 1992.

Sir Neville Marriner studied violin at the Royal College of Music in London and the Paris Conservatoire. In 1949 he joined the Martin String Quartet and founded the Jacobean Ensemble with Thurston Dart and the Virtuoso String Trio, and worked with legendary directors such as Toscanini, Furtwängler, Cantelli and Karajan.

In 1959 he founded the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he was concertmaster and later chief conductor. He has also conducted the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He has been decorated twice for his work on behalf of music: he received a CBE in 1979 and was knighted in 1985. In addition, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields with Sir Neville Marriner has received the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in recognition of their accomplishments as concert performers.

Sir Neville Marriner’s most prolific period in terms of recordings with the Cadaques Orchestra and Tritó was when he was chief conductor, releasing albums with works by Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, with the voice of Ainhoa Arteta, such as the Obertura de los esclavos felices, works by Fauré and Gounod, and a CD with three fantastic compositions by Stravinski, Montsalvatge and Prokofiev (Pulcinella Suite, Sortilegis and the Classical Symphony respectively). In addition, he has recorded Pulcinella in its full version in a concert for which David Nel·lo wrote and narrated a tale of imagination set in the city of Tifna, with princesses, good and bad characters, and elephants.

Sir Neville Marriner has conducted works by Mozart with the Cadaqués Orchestra on numerous occasions, resulting in three albums: the Sinfonias concertantes, a double CD with four concertos, for flute (K.313), for oboe (K.314), for clarinet (K.622) and for bassoon (K.191, and, lastly, the Concertos 1 and 2 for flute and the Concerto for flute and harp on a CD which has just been re-released with a more modern design. On this latter album, the solo flutist is Jaime Martín, currently chief conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra, and the harpist is Bryn Lewis. In the case of another great composer, Beethoven, Sir Neville Marriner has recorded his Symphonies 1,2,5 and 6 with Tritó on two fantastic CDs.

Last but not least, the three Sinfonias Concertantes by Danzi, Fernando Sor’s Overtures and Symphonies and the works of the contemporary composer Joan Guinjoan, Sincrotó and Alba, are the three other recordings that the period when the Cadaqués Orchestra performed under the baton of the brilliant English conductor has left for posterity.

The National Library of Catalonia at Tritó

Posted by Cristina Martí on June 21, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Logo Biblioteca de CatalunyaAs you probably already know, the Biblioteca de Catalunya has an important music archive and an interesting catalogue of scores and music publications. What you may not know is that Tritó has held the exclusive distribution rights to these materials for the last two years.
In this list we present all the currently available titles published by the Biblioteca de Catalunya: works by Isaac Albéniz, Josep Cabanilles, Josep Elies, Joan Baptista Pujol, Joan Balcells and many others.

And you must also know that thanks to the recent improvements made to our search engine, you can narrow down and combine the list we offer you to locate works by instrument, composer, epoch, style, level of difficulty and so on. For example, out of the 44 results in an initial list, we can narrow down by format so that the system tells us there are 6 conductor’s scores, 3 facsimiles… Or perhaps you’re interested in knowing what choral works the Biblioteca has published…

Unquestionably, there is much to discover among the publications of the Biblioteca de Catalunya – and the many other publishers whose catalogues you can explore in the Shop at trito.es. And don’t forget that if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always write to info@trito.es.

The shop at trito.es: making things easier

Posted by Cristina Martí on June 7, 2011  |  1 Comment

In the shop at trito.es we have decided to make things easier for you when it comes to browse sheet music. If a few months ago we changed the look of the website and added new functions such as the calendar and the rental section, during the last few weeks we have been working on improvements to the search engine that locates scores, CDs and books in the shop.
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Smart Search Filters

Tired of having to navigate through endless pages of results to find a particular score or a particular album? At trito.es we value your time and don’t want you to waste it, so we’ve decided to make searching easier. With the new smart menu you can navigate very quickly through the entire catalogue by adding and removing search filters as you like. This new tool enables you to narrow down a search through the 20,000 titles available in the store in order to view only the two or three that you interest you, forgetting the rest, and all in just four clicks.

You can filter by instrument, ensemble, genre, epoch, level, author, publisher and format … and this is just scores! There are also special filters for books and CDs: subject, format, language, duration, …You can also add as many instruments as you want. Imagine that you play in a chamber group consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Just go on adding instruments until you obtain the result of the search.

Also new are the large flyout windows in the main menu where you can view all the possibilities at once (instruments, ensembles, authors and so on).

Much more accurate searches

We have improved the algorithm of the general search engine to make it much faster, more efficient and effective so that it will now return more relevant results. In addition, these results can be narrowed down even further by using the smart filters, so now the only limit is your imagination!

User-friendly presentation of results

landing_piano_blog_enWith a catalogue as extensive as ours, and with it expected to double in size this year, we cannot allow you be swamped by the masses of results from the larger categories. To avoid this we have created special pages where the results are organised in a clearer and friendlier format (with direct links, guidance, grouping of results by ensemble or publisher, novelties, etc). It is much clearer and easier to find your bearings and browse a page like the one in the picture below than to be presented with a list of 3500 works for piano, although if you still prefer the entire list of works you can view it by following the link shown on each page.

The same applies to authors with many works. They are now clearly presented to make your search faster and more accurate. For example, you can see how the catalogue of works by Isaac Albéniz is organized: latest novelties, scores according to the ensemble, publishers and so on.

All these improvements have been made thinking of you and your needs as a musician and music lover. We hope that you like them and we encourage you to visit the shop, test the new tools, search, locate what you need … and enjoy yourself. Because looking for classical music has never been so much fun. ;-)

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Yo, Dalí

Posted by Cristina Martí on May 30, 2011  |  2 Comments

On Wednesday 8 June at 8:00 pm, the world premiere of the opera “Yo, Dalí” will take place, to be followed by two further performances on 10 and 11 June at the same time. The work was composed by Xavier Benguerel with a libretto by Jaime Salom and commissioned by the Spanish Ministry of Culture to commemorate, in 2004, the centenary of the birth of the Catalan painter Salvador Dalí. The score is published by Tritó Edicions.

The day before the premiere, on 7 June at 7:30 pm, the authors will speak at a conference moderated by Juan Ángel Vela del Campo.

The lead roles in “Yo, Dalí” will be played by Joan Martín-Royo, as Dalí, and Marisa Martins, as Gala. The rest of the cast is made up by Antoni Comas, Carlos Cremades, Vicenç Esteve Madrid, José Antonio García,  Xavier Mendoza, Hasmik Nahapetyan, Alex Sanmartí, Claudia Schneider and Mariano Viñuales, among others, accompanied by the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid and the Choir of the Teatro de la Zarzuela, under the baton of Antonio Fauró.
Miquel Ortega is responsible for the music direction and Xavier Abertí, the stage direction, in this co-production by Operadehoy, the Teatro de La Zarzuela and the Gran Teatro del Liceo.

For further information and tickets: Teatro de la Zarzuela

Hèctor Parra, winner of the Ernst von Siemens Composer’s Prize

Posted by Cristina Martí on May 6, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Teatro Cuvillies

As we already announced in our blog on 14 February of this year, the Catalan Hèctor Parra will receive one of Ernst von Siemens Foundation Prizes for Music Composition on 24 May 2011.
 The award is worth 40,000 euros and includes the commission of a work for the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. Parra and co-winners, Steven Daverson and Hans Thomalla, will be given their awards during a musical celebration at the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, when the commissioned works written by these young composers will be premiered.

The board of trustees of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation considers Parra one of the most promising young composers: “What transpires in the music of Hector Parra is exactly what defines art: it allows us to indulge ourselves in the voluptuousness of the passing of present time.”

For Parra, this award “represents an invitation from the jury for me to be bolder in my creative work. Sometimes, you put on the brakes, you become less adventurous, because the music business, the system of commissions and concerts, saps your energy and can even make you lose your balance. This prize from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation will give me renewed energy. It’s like a special vitamin to boost my creativity.”

Read more at docenotas.com.

Our conductors III: Vasily Petrenko

Posted by Cristina Martí on May 3, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko, (St Petersburg, Russia, 1976) is, at the time of writing, the youngest conductor – and perhaps a sign of his youth is that he keeps a blog where he frequently writes his personal impressions, and not a webpage – ever to work with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he made his debut as a conductor in 2004 and with whom he has a relationship that could be described as “special”, since it has been stated that he is responsible for the economic and popular revival of the orchestra. In addition, he is principal conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and principal guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León.

In Spain, he has also led the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, with whom, just a short time ago, he conducted works by Milhaud, Schumann and Tchaikovsky in the island orchestra’s 14th concert of the season. In addition, he has worked on several occasions with the Cadaqués Orchestra and made various recordings as a result, one of them alongside another of our conductors, Gianandrea Noseda, who opened this series of posts presenting the conductors who have led the Cadaqués Orchestra. The recording in question is titled “Poèmes d’amour-Evocación-Triana-Lavapiés”, a CD with works by Isaac Albéniz and Jesús Rueda.

The other recordings made by Petrenko and the Cadaqués Orchestra are the musical story “Peter and the Wolf”, with the text narrated in two language versions, Catalan (with the voice of Jordi Sánchez) and Spanish (with the actress Leonor Watling), and the works La Vida Secreta, Cançons de carrer and Suite no. 4, op. 61 “Mozartiana” by Guinovart, Morera and Tchaikovsky, respectively.

Novelties from Cambridge University Press

Posted by Cristina Martí on April 19, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Publicaciones de música de Cambridge University Press

As of today, as we already announced, Tritó will distribute the music publications of the prestigious publishing house Cambridge University Press. For the moment, four titles are available on our website, a list that will grow longer with time: “Music and Urban Society in Colonial Latin America”, by Tess Knighton and Geoffrey Baker,Native American Song at the frontiers of Early Modern Music”, by the author Olivia Bloechl, the monographic “Music in Spain during the Eighteenth Century”, by Juan José Carreras and Malcolm Boyd, and “Performance on lute, guitar and vihuela” edited by Víctor Anad Coelho.

Follow this link to view the whole Cambridge University Press catalogue: Cambridge University Press

We’re back from Frankfurt…

Posted by Cristina Martí on April 13, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Recinto de la Musikmesse de FrankfurtThe delegation from Tritó is back from the Frankfurt Musikmese, which began on 6 April. Although attendance was lower than in revious years – the crisis is also affecting music, unsurprisingly – we were able to strengthen ties with our regular customers and suppliers and create new partnerships. As every year, the direct contact with our suppliers proved very positive, on seeing what novelties they have in store and making new agreements. Particular mention should be made of Barenreiter, Ut Orpheus from Italy, Walhall and MDS, from Germany, the prestigious Oxford University Press, and Music Sales, also from England. There were also Spanish publishing companies present at the fair: Boileau, Clivis, Piles. As a novelty, and thanks to the efforts of Soledad Sánchez, from our commercial department, and Toni Cruanyes, from the editorial department  Tritó will begin to distribute for the publishers Faber Music and Alfred. Many other publishers asked us to act as distributors for them in Spain, and we are working on this at the present time.

This year, the Frankfurt Musikmesse presented some interesting developments in the areas of sheet music editing software (which we’ll discuss in another post), editorial policies, new collections, and so on. We noted a general trend towards editions for didactic and pedagogic purposes, many partitioned editions and a greater preference for publications in parts.

Greek medicine in New York

Posted by Cristina Martí on April 11, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Askeplios is the name of the Greek god of medicine, usually depicted next to a snake entwined on a stick, a symbol of renewed life. Askeplios is also one of the works by the Bilbao composer Gabriel Erkoreka that can be heard on 28 April at the Judson Memorial Church in New York, performed by the Maya Ensemble, whose members are the flutist Sato Moughalian, harpist Bridget Kibbey and percussionist John Hadfield. Premiered in Manhattan last June, in this piece Erkoreka uses melodic archetypes from Greek traditional music, which twist and turn like the snake on the Greek physician’s stick.

You can find information on performances of this and many other composers’ music in the Tritó concert schedule

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