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Ricard Viñes on the piano

Posted by Redacción on July 21, 2008  |  Leave a comment

TD00048This CD presents the complete recordings of Ricard Viñes from 1929 to 1936. While the relatively small selection of pieces he recorded does not do justice to his vast repertoire, it remains an excellent sampling of his art.

The CD includes the recording of the speech given by Viñes on 18 March 1938 during a radio programme in which he tells anecdotes about his friendship with Claude Debussy.

Scarlatti: Sonata en re

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Albéniz: Dos danzas españolas

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Benet Casablancas’ Complete Piano Works on Naxos

Posted by Redacción on June 26, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Naxos, one of the leading record labels today, has just published the complete works for piano by Benet Casablancas, performed by Jordi Masó and Miquel Villalba.

In recent years, Casablancas (born in 1956 in the town of Sabadell, near Barcelona) has confirmed his status as one of the most active and important composers in Spain today.

His solid background in music and the humanities has enabled him to develop a highly personal language that, despite being firmly based on knowledge of and love for the great classical tradition (with the Second Viennese School as one of his key points of reference), is open a wide range of influences, which he is able to assume without resorting to eclectic devices.

The selection presented here brings together virtually all the works for piano Casablancas has composed. This recording testifies to a mature and very complete oeuvre, while undoubtedly heralding works of great interest yet to come.

There are avalable scores for this CD.

Reissue of La Corxera Juganera

Posted by Redacción on June 26, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Tritó announces the much anticipated re-release of two of our most popular titles: “Història de Babar“, with music by F. Poulenc and narrated by Agata Roca, and “7 Faules de La Fontaine“, with music by X. Benguerel and narrated by Rosa Gàmiz. We are re-releasing these two titles, from the collection La Corxera Juganera, due to high demand in recent months. They feature stories set to music performed by the Cadaqués Orchestra with narration in Catalan by renowned actors who breathe new life into the traditional tales.

This collection will soon be published in Spanish, with actors of the calibre of Javier Cámara, Tristán Ulloa or Leonor Watling.

El soldadet de plom

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Pulcinella

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Història de Babar

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Pere i el llop

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Jesús Torres in the UNESCO International Music Council

Posted by Redacción on June 26, 2008  |  Leave a comment

The Rostrum of Composers of the Unesco International Music Council (IMC) has selected Jesús TorresConcerto for accordion and orchestra“. This organization met in Ireland this past June 13 and selected works recommended by the various radio stations from around the world (Torres’ piece was nominated by Spanish National Radio).

The selected titles will be broadcast by countries around the world, which means a big boost for the international career of the composers.

IMC is the world’s leading professional organization dedicated to developing and promoting music worldwide. Founded in 1949 upon request of the Director General of UNESCO as the advisory body to the agency on musical matters, its mission is to provide exceptional value to its membership by building knowledge, creating networking opportunities, supporting and enhancing the visibility of initiatives that help sustain people’s participation in music and cultural life.

Full report of that meeting here.

75 Conductors from around the world gather for the 9th Cadaqués Orchestra international conducting competition

Posted by Marcel Soleda on May 21, 2008  |  Leave a comment

FIVE DAYS OF MUSIC OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE COMPETITION LIVE?

DO YOU WANT TO ATTEND THE FINAL CONCERT?

From 2 to 7 June, the auditoriums of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Girona and Barcelona open their doors to the public for the successive rounds and final concert of the 9th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition.

75 CONDUCTORS COMPETE

Organized by the Cadaqués Orchestra, 75 conductors from 46 countries worldwide demonstrate their technical, artistic and communication skills with the Cadaqués Orchestra before the jury and audiences, with works by classical and contemporary composers: A. Schönberg, W.A. Mozart, I. Albéniz, J. Rueda, X. Montsalvatge, A. Guinovart, J. Haydn, S. Prokofiev, J.C. Arriaga, Rimski-Korsakov, G. Rossini and David del Puerto.

The winner will walk away with a prize of 6,000 euros and a tour with 31 Spanish and international orchestras.

The international jury is presided by Russian maestro Gennady Rozdhestvensky. The other members of the jury are: Lutz Köhler, conductor and president of the jury of the Munich International Music Competition; Alejandro Posada, principal conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Castile and Leon and the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia; John Neschling, conductor of the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra; Cornelia Schmid, president of the Konzertscmid Hannover; and the Cadaqués Orchestra.

COMMITMENT TO THE MUSIC OF OUR DAY

The final concert of the competition sees the premiere of a work specially commissioned, in collaboration with the Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea, to test the young conductors.

The work is Cap quers by the composer David del Puerto, winner of the 2005 Spanish National Music Prize.

Since its founding, the Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition has grown in prestige, thanks in part to the subsequent careers of some of its most outstanding winners, including Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, Gloria Isabel Ramos, Alejandro Posada and Paul González.

Calendar and invitations

All the qualifying rounds of the competition (at the Auditori de Girona) are open to the public, as will be, for the first time this year, free of charge, the finals at the Sala Oriol Martorell of the Auditori de Barcelona on 7 June at 8 pm.

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Hèctor Parra at the Earplay Ensemble Season

Posted by Marcel Soleda on May 19, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Trio Wortschatten by Hèctor Parra, winner of the 2007 Earplay Donald Aird Memorial Composition Competition, will be performed by the Earplay Ensemble this 28 May at the San Francisco Arts Festival.

“Trio Wortschatten” for violin, cello and piano was selected from among 169 works from 27 countries by a specialized jury. And in addition to the monetary award, the Earplay Ensemble, one of the most prestigious ensembles in the US, will be including the piece in its programme this season.

Music for guitar by Ramon Carnicer

Posted by Redacción on May 19, 2008  |  Leave a comment

The best known work by Ramon Carnicer (1789-1855) is undoubtedly the overture composed for the Barcelona premiere of Il barbiere di Siviglia in 1818. This orchestral work was soon transcribed for various instrumental combinations, of which is often cited the guitar version he did for his brother Miquel Carnicer.

Now all three known versions for guitar, from different periods of the 19th century, are available from the Tritó catalogue. The first was composed in 1819 – the year after the original work – by Sebastià Pelegrí, and the last, by Tomás Damas, is from 1872. In between the two falls the anonymous version published in Madrid between 1831 and 1859, in all likelihood the lost version for Miquel Carnicer.

This triple facsimile edition is complemented by a new version by the guitarist Josep Maria Mangado based directly on the orchestral score while taking into account the specific characteristics of the period arrangements. With publications such these, Tritó seeks to continue in its efforts to revive forgotten or unknown pieces from the Catalan and Spanish guitar repertoire.

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Anandamanía by Santiago Lanchares

Posted by Marcel Soleda on May 15, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Anandamania , a piano piece by Santiago Lanchares composed in 2002 has been added to the Tritó catalogue. The work, dedicated to the pianist Ananda Sukarlan, premiered at the Auditorio Nacional in 2003 and was selected to represent Spain at the Unesco International Tribune of Composers that same year.

In the words of Ananda Sukarlan “It represents the culmination of Santiago Lanchares’ the achievements thus far with the piano. Its rich texture is heavily charged with 15th-century antiphonal techniques (accelerated to an almost supersonic degree!), additive Oriental rhythms, and African methods rhythmic displacement.”

Technical complexity combines with the musicality of the work by the Palencia-born composer, who has always had in the piano one of his best means of expression, as evidenced in his monograph CD on sale at www.trito.es

Release of Glosa by Jesús Torres

Posted by Marcel Soleda on May 15, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Glosa, for solo cello, is the latest work by Jesús Torres published by Tritó. A measure of worth of the piece, composed in 2004, is perhaps seen in the fact that it has become an essential part of the repertoire of numerous cellists, including: Suzana Stefanovich, who premiered the piece and is its dedicatee; José Miguel Gómez, of the “Arbós Trio“, who first recorded it on CD for the Autor label; and David Apellániz, who will soon be making a new recording of the “Glosa”.

In the international arena, we should note that Pierre Strauch, of the “Ensemble Intercontemporain”, will be performing it at the next Alicante International Music Festival. We hope that with its publication this work with reach all musicians interested in contemporary repertoire and that many more will join the list of its interpreters.

Premiere of Quaderno d’Estate by Jesús Rueda in Ferrara

Posted by Marcel Soleda on May 15, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Quaderno d’estate, a work for guitar by Jesús Rueda, commissioned by the Jacinto and Inocencio Guerrero Foundation for the 17th International Guitar Competition in 2007, will be premiered by Stefano Cardi this 25 May in the Italian city of Ferrara at the Festival miXXer – le mille musiche del secolo XX, organized by the city’s G. Frescobaldi Conservatory and the Teatro Comunale.

The work, which has received high praise from the critics, is rich in nuances, with constant changes in tempo and rhythm, and demonstrates the Madrid composer’s command of the instrument. The guitarist Stefano Cardi knows the work well after overseeing and adapting the writing for guitar.

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24 organ works by Josep Elies

Posted by Marcel Soleda on April 16, 2008  |  Leave a comment

24 obres per a orgue de Josep EliesThe organist Josep Elies (ca. 1687-ca. 1755) was a key figure in the eighteenth-century Spanish music. Although his work was quoted and admired by his contemporaries (even Padre Soler acknowledges having learned from it), heretofore only small portion of his work was known today. With so many of the works by the numerous Spanish Baroque organists having been lost, the publication of Elies’ works is especially significant. The rediscovery and transcription of this collection of 24 works is a valuable addition to the scarce repertoire we have by this and many other composers from the first half of eighteenth century. This edition has been made possible by the efforts of the musicologist Águeda Pedrero-Encabo, expert in eighteenth-century keyboard works.

Santiago Lanchares, “Maestro” at the Residencia de estudiantes

Posted by Marcel Soleda on April 16, 2008  |  Leave a comment

The composer Santiago Lanchares is one of the stars of this year’s Maestros y Discípulos de la Residencia de Estudiantes concert season, which brings together in the same programme one of the great composers of the twentieth century, an outstanding Spanish composer and one of his youngest disciples. Next April 27 is a chance to hear works by Santiago Lanchares, Debussy and the up-and-coming composer Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca. The programme highlights chamber music, violin, piano and cello, with works including “Momentos”, “Sombra de luna” and “Contra la corriente”.

Jesús Torres at the ORCAM Chamber cycle

Posted by Redacción on April 16, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Jesús Torres premieres his Noche oscura as part of the chamber music cycle of the Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid, at the Canal Foundation auditorium. This work, composed in 2006 for soprano and piano, is based on the eponymous mystical texts by San Juan de la Cruz. Jesus Torres’ music relates perfectly with the spirituality of the sixteenth-century poet. The work will be performed by the soprano Azucena Lopez and pianist Karina Azizova.

Tribute to Enric Granados

Posted by Redacción on April 3, 2008  |  Leave a comment

The Biblioteca de Catalunya, which along with Tritó Editiones has participated in the publication of the second edition of the Complete Works for Voice and Piano by Enric Granados, was the venue of Homage to Granados, an event held 1 April in the library’s Llevant Hall. The event saw the presentation of the new edition of the score of the Complete Works for Voice and Piano, several of which were performed by Manuel García Morante, composer, pianist and reviser of the works, and the soprano Yrene Martínez Roca. The concert also starred Granados’ piano, restored for the occasion. This new edition of the Complete Works for Voice and Piano includes the addition of nine songs discovered in recent years, two of which, unfortunately, are incomplete. We hope that in the not too distant future more sources will to appear to further our knowledge of Granados’ vocal works.

Concert dedicated to Benet Casablancas in Vienna

Posted by Redacción on April 3, 2008  |  Leave a comment

This 9 April, 2008, the prestigious Musikverein in Vienna hosts a concert dedicated to the chamber works of Benet Casablancas. The event features the Barcelona ensemble Barcelona 216 with the actor Carlos Hipólito as reciter, under the direction of Manuel Valdivieso. The concert is part of the Spanien Modern cycle, promoted by the Cervantes Institute of Vienna, with support from the Ramón Llull Institute. The programme comprises the following works: New Epigrams, In modo di Passacaglia, Celebració-Scherzino and “Escenas de Hamlet”. All of these works were recorded recently by the same performers for an upcoming CD. The music of Benet Casablancas, last year’s winner of the Catalan National Music Prize, enjoys growing international diffusion. As of late, his works have been performed in Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela, France, Sweden, United States, Peru, El Salvador, Turkey, England, Belgium and Holland. In recordings, two releases of Casablancas’ works are imminent: his complete works for piano, performed by J. Masó and M. Villalba (NAXOS), and his orchestration of  “Cinc Cançons i Danses by Frederic Mompou”, performed by the Orquesta Filarmonia de Galicia conducted by A. Ros-Marbà (WARNER). Another recording – of the orchestral pieces The Dark Backward of Time, Tres Epigramas, Postludio, Poema d´amor and Intrada sobre el nom de DALI performed by the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i National de Catalunya with Ofèlia Sala and conducted by Salvador Mas – has been completed.

Isaac Albéniz, Poèmes d’amour

Posted by Redacción on March 6, 2008  |  Leave a comment

A joint project by the Cadaqués Orchestra and Tritó Edicions has brought back to life an all but forgotten work by Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909). A new CD recording and edition of the score, with parts for rent, of Poèmes d’Amour are now available from our website.

“Poèmes d’Amour”, composed in 1892, is a work for recitalist or rhapsodist with chamber ensemble that Isaac Albéniz structured around fourteen poems by the French Symbolist Armand Sylvestre (1837-1901). It premiered on 29 June, 1892, in London with one of the most famed actresses of all times, Sarah Bernhardt, reciting. Over the years the work was largely forgotten. Now the prestigious conductor and musicologist José de Eusebio has edited the score. De Eusebio is the world’s top specialist in Albéniz’s work and for years has been dedicating himself to the composer’s stage works such as “Merlín”, “Henry Clifford” and Pepita Jiménez. De Eusebio’s new score is based on the manuscripts held at the Barcelona Music Museum. With this new score, and the recording by the Cadaqués Orchestra, “Poèmes d’Amour” has been rescued from obscurity.

This project would not have been possible without the support of the Fundació Caixa Catalunya, which has joined forces with “Tritó Edicions” and “The Cadaqués Orchestra”. The recovery of patrimony and the revival of the works of our composers, Albéniz, in this case one of the foremost names in Catalan and Spanish music of all times, is always a source of satisfaction, especially when it involves the acclaimed Cadaqués Orchestra, which has long stood out for projects such of this nature.

To celebrate this release, www.trito.es is offering a 15% discount on the CD with score pack.

Agustí Charles at the Nou Sons Festival

Posted by Redacción on March 6, 2008  |  Leave a comment

This year, as well as focusing on music from Japan and its dialogue with the West, Nous Sons, Barcelona’s leading festival of contemporary music, also highlighted three outstanding Catalan composers of our day: Benet Casablancas (Sabadell, 1956), Jep Nuix (Barcelona 1955-1998) and Agustí Charles (Manresa, 1960).

Each of these musicians followed a path of his own in composition to an international reputation. The festival featured a performance by the Arditti Quartet, a group that always arouses the interest of the public due to its precise interpretations and the strong personality of its founder Irvine Arditti. The quartet’s concert on 23 February featured the much lauded premiere of Agustí Charles’ String Quartet No. 2, a work that possesses, in the words of Jorge de Persia, “a strong presence, in a profile it maintains throughout the piece, with tension” (La Vanguardia, 25-02-08). On 1 March, the Plural Ensemble conducted by Fabián Panisello, also included in its programme an emblematic work by Agustí Charles, Unstable Surface, premiered in 2005. Over the piece’s ten-minute duration, the timbre of the different instruments plays a decisive role, defining the evolution and harmonic changes.

Benet Casablancas at Musicadhoy

Posted by Redacción on February 19, 2008  |  Leave a comment

The in its 12th edition, Musicadhoy, a season of contemporary music held in Madrid, dedicates a monographic concert to the Catalan composer Benet Casablancas, the most recent winner of the Catalan National Music Prize for composition. The concert focuses on his chamber music, with a programme featuring: “Movement for Trio”, “Two Pieces for clarinet and piano”, “Impromptu” -Trio No. 2-, “Passacaglia for solo violin” (WORLD PREMIERE), “Tríptico”, for solo cello, “Cant per a F. Mompou -remembrança-” for cello and piano, “Haiku para Trio” and “Introduction, Cadenza and Aria”, for violin, clarinet, cello and piano. The works are performed by the Trio Kandinsky (Corrado Bolsi, Amparo Lacruz, Emili Brugalla) with the clarinetist Salvador Salvador, from Proyecto Gerhard. The concert takes place this 6 March at the National Auditorium in Madrid.

Brief pieces for piano, by Santiago Lanchares

Posted by Redacción on February 19, 2008  |  Leave a comment

The piano works of the composer Santiago Lanchares, with exquisite and exhuberant harmony and highly empassioned character, are among the most interesting for this instrument in Spanish contemporary music. Under the generic title of Piezas breves, two of the Palencian composer’s collections of pieces for solo piano are now available: “Cinco amigos”, first written in 1984 and which we might call his Op. 1, were revised thanks to the interest of the pianist Ananda Sukarlan, and serve as an introduction to his works. These pieces are not very demanding technically and thus are apt for teaching material. “Dos piezas para Alicia” were written in the summer of 2003 and are dedicated to Alicia Sukarlan. These works, and others composed before 2005, are available in a monographic edition published by Sello Verso from our webside www.trito.es

Release of Herminie by Arriaga

Posted by Redacción on February 19, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Herminie, cantata by the composer Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, is the latest release from the Tritó score division. The work, composed in 1825, when the composer was 19 years old, has been revised by Jorge Sancho and this is the first time it has been done in an urtext edition, intended to reproduce the original intention of the composer as exactly as possible, without any added or changed material. The text of the cantata is taken from “Gerusalemme Liberata” by Tasso in the French version by J. A. Vinaty (1790 1830). In the arias and especially in the recitatives we find moments of great dramatic intensity, revealing a composer who employed skilfully the expressive resources of romantic drama, while the orchestra, despite the lack of trumpets or kettledrums, underscores and highlights effectively the expressivity of the singing, which demands a soprano who has both an aptitude for coloratura and great power. This work forms part of the obligatory repertoire for the 9th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competitionand is available on CD with the soprano Ainhoa Arteta and The Cadaqués Orchestra conducted by Neville Marriner.

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