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Showcase, new CD “Música Española en el Exilio”

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on March 9, 2015  |  Leave a comment

As Vargas Llosa mentions in the prologue of the CD:Música española en el exilio (Spanish Music in Exile) is a compilation of the work of a group of exiled composers who belonged to the Generation of ‘27, and also of musicians who were forced to pursue their careers under a dictatorship. In many ways this album also records the concerns and decisions that made them great musicians capable of reflecting their time and circumstances”.

The works selected for this CD, whose common ground is the clarinet, acquaint us with several of the leading lights of a younger generation that concurred in aesthetic and ideological terms with poets such as García Lorca and Rafael Alberti.

All of them are pieces of extraordinary quality, that almost fell into oblivion due to the historical circumstance in Spain: the post-war period and its disastrous consequences for the cultural and artistic life of the country.

The hallmark of the group of composers who appear on this CD, besides belonging to the same generation, is the fact of being very active professionally in Spain during the Second Republic and the Civil War, times of substantial changes in Spanish musical life and aesthetics. All of them except Menéndez went into exile.

Works by Julián Bautista, Robert Gerhard, Julián Menéndez, Rodolfo Halffter and Jesús Bal y Gay

March 10th, Centre Cultural La Beneficència – Cultura Diputació de València en Valencia

TD00110: Música Española en el Exilio

New CDs from Tritó

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on March 3, 2015  |  Leave a comment

Over recent months, we have given out new titles from our collection. We remain with our purpose of recovering Spanish repertoire and promoting the works of new Spanish composers.

Works by Joan Guinjoan, Albert Guinovart, Felip Pedrell … all of them included at new recordings performed by the Cadaqués Orchestra or theOrquestra de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.

New releases that will hopefully awaken your interest.

The Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition at your home

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on December 11, 2013  |  Leave a comment

The XIth edition of the Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition starts on the next Thursday 12 December.

Contestants and spectators could watch the different levels of the competition on line in its last edition. The recent inclusion of the Tritó label in Believe Digital’s distribution platform, has allowed the promotion of digital content. Now, we could be able to broadcast all the phases of the competition and the final concert through the Classical Channel Experience of Daily Motion.

We are proud to have been able to undertake this initiative and invite you to connect from home and follow all the details of the contest.

Sunday, Deember  15th Sala Art i Joia, Cadaqués – First round – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM / 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Monday, December 16th Sala Art i Joia, Cadaqués – Second round  – 9:00 AM to 01:00 PM / 3:00 to 5:30 PM

Tuesday, December 17th Auditori de BCN – Second round  - 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM /  5:00 to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 18th Auditori de BCN –  Third round –  10:00 AM to 2:00  PM / Semi-finals 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Thusday, December 19th Auditori de BCN – Final rehearsal 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM and Final Concert at 8:00 PM

Premiere of the opera-oratorio Sky Disc, by Ramon Humet and Rebecca Simpson

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on September 2, 2013  |  2 Comments

Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution: DbachmannAfter three years involving extensive research and intense work, the creative duo Rebecca Simpson (idea and libretto) and Ramon Humet (music) present their opera-oratorio Sky Disc (Himmelsscheibe / Disc del cel).

The first performance of Sky Disc will take place on 2nd October 2013, at Bühnen Halle Oper (Halle, Germany). Andreas Henning is musical director, G.H. Seebach is the stage director, costumes are by Ragna Heiny, with set-design by Hartmut Schörghofer and video by Anke Tornow. André Meyer is the dramaturg, Jens Petereit the choirmaster, and the soloists are Gerd Vogel (Fierket), Sandra Maxheimer (Guueren), Maria Petrasovska (Estria), Robert Sellier (Pyrpi) and Hiltrud Kuhlmann (Tamar), Ulrich Burdack (Boatman), Ki-Hyun Park (Priest), Julia Preußler (Boy) Kaori Sekigawa (Solo voice).  Rehearsals began at the end of June and, after the summer break, pick up again in September; librettist and composer will be in Halle to work directly with the production team.

Rebecca Simpson’s libretto uses the fact that, at the end of the Early Bronze Age of central and northern Europe, remarkable cultures were connected by trade and travel and elite bronze workers were the technology experts of the time.  The Nebra Sky-disc, unearthed in 1999 in Germany, is the world’s earliest known representation of the night sky. It encoded information that enabled the alignment of the solar and lunar calendars, allowing more effective agriculture. The libretto of the opera-oratorio Sky Disc contemplates the archeological object from today’s perspective in the choral sections, while the opera’s story takes place on a single day in the region where the Nebra Sky-disc was discovered: in the Bronze Age village where it belongs, on a river by night, and on the Mittelberg hill-top.

Ramon Humet’s music develops on two complementary performance levels, creating a musical form of complex evolution. On one hand there is the opera story with its dramatic action revolving around the archeological object, with a lively tempo on a human scale and precise and specific instrumentation. On the other hand, there is the oratorio with its choral sections comprising  reflections related to the object and the action, with a tempo that is spacious and fluid.

Sky Disc is a large-scale work, lasting 1 hour and 50 minutes, with 9 vocal soloists, a mixed choir (SATB) and symphonic orchestra. The opera-oratorio will be given sic performances: 2nd October, 6th October, 18th October, 23rd October, 9th and 24th November 2013, as part of the Bühnen Halle theatre’s Autumn-Winter season.  The theatre`s general programme can be downloaded SkyDisc-Dossier. The cast list and artistic credits, together with a synopsis and further explanation of the ideas behind the work, can be downloaded here.

XIth Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on June 24, 2013  |  Leave a comment

From 1 June to September 8 the XI edition of the International Conducting Competition of the Cadaqués Orchestra is open for registration to participate.

The International Conducting Competition is devoted to conductors of all nationalities born after December 20, 1977 and will take place over 14 to December 19, 2013 with Cadaqués as a starting point.

The competition organizers will select a maximum of fifty participants from the documents submitted by the applicants. Candidates who are not selected directly may qualify for a special preliminary test that allows them, if they pass, access to the contest.

The first prize is a tour for the seasons 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 conducting the 26 orchestras that collaborate with the competition.

Those are the orchestras:

The jury is composed of:

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor. President

Lutz Köhler, conductor

Jaime Martín, conductor from the Gävle Symfoniorkester (Suecia) and conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra

François Bou, manager of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya

Cristina Rocca, directora artística de la Orchestre National de France

Louwrens Langevoort, director artístico y ejecutivo de la sala de conciertos Köhlner Philharmonie y la Orquestra de Cadaqués

The contest rules have been published on the website of the International Conducting Competition of the Cadaqués Orchestra.


Josep Soler, from Munich to Barcelona

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on June 7, 2013  |  Leave a comment

Tomorrow, Saturday, will be held in Munich a concert with works from the CD Josep Soler & Alban Berg recently published.
It will take place in the Lehrinstitut Bencic at 19:00. Miguel Simarro and Robert Schröter also will perform works by Robert Schumann, Antonio Jimenez Manjarrez, César Filguerido Guelbenzu and Joaquin Nin.
Some of works included in this CD will be presented at the concert:
Josep Soler (1935)
Introduction, Fugue und Giga
Fragment of Sonatina
Aus Meditationen Sant Francesc
Alban Berg (1885-1935)
Sonata V (unvollendet) für Klavier only
Moreover, on Wednesday June 12 at 20:30 a new concert will be held at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya .
If you are interested going there you can get a discount. You just must print the poster published in this post.
No doubt, another opportunity to attend one of the most important and recent events in the musical state.

Great premiere of “Tientos y batallas” by Gabriel Erkoreka

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on March 5, 2013  |  Leave a comment

Yesterday afternoon, the premiere of Tientos y Batallas, by Gabriel Erkoreka -a piece filled with echoes from the Renaissance- was performed in the Auditorium 400 of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía by the Sax Ensemble, conducted by José Luis Temes.

The newsletter “El Cultural” interviewed the composer moments before the performance. We transcribe the interview below, originally executed by Benjamín Rosado:

Pregunta.- Tras la “resaca” de las vanguardias, ¿qué llama la atención a un compositor de nuestros días de los modos de componer del Renacimiento?

Respuesta.- Para mí no es algo nuevo. En varias ocasiones he hecho referencia a la música renacentista. Por ejemplo, la fascinación por Giovanni Gabrieli me llevó a crear una conexión entre sus cori spezzati, en la Basílica de San Marcos de Venecia, y mi obra HAMAR, que hice para los espacios del Museo Guggenheim en su décimo aniversario.

P.- A partir de 1800 el tiento perdió su popularidad, pero fue recuperado por algunos compositores del siglo XX, como Cristóbal Halffter y Manuel Castillo. ¿Ha tenido en cuenta estas u otras aportaciones más recientes?

R.- He escuchado la magnífica obra para gran orquesta de Cristóbal Halffter en varias ocasiones, pero en la mía hago un acercamiento distinto, como no podía ser de otra manera, debido a la diferencia entre los medios empleados. Mis batallas sólo aluden a Cabanilles y Aguilera de Heredia en algunos pequeños arquetipos melódicos y rítmicos; y sin llegar a ser derrotistas, tienen poco de heroicas.

Mis batallas sólo aluden a Cabanilles y Aguilera de Heredia en algunos pequeños arquetipos melódicos y rítmicos; y sin llegar a ser derrotistas, tienen poco de heroicas.

P.- ¿Hasta qué punto la obra se empapa de los tiempos actuales?

R.- Podría decir que en los tientos se ofrecen unas miradas al pasado a través de lentes distintas, pero en las batallas procuro, en cambio, reflejar el mundo tal cual lo veo a través de mi ventana. La crisis no es de creatividad. Hoy, más que nunca, hay que proteger la música contemporánea, tan vulnerable en estos días, de los ataques externos.

P.- ¿Cuánto tiene esta obra de “estudio”, de aprendizaje técnico?

R.- La obra está escrita para cuarteto de saxofones, piano y percusión, y presenta una variedad de texturas, algunas de naturaleza contrapuntística. Requiere de una cierta ductilidad en la producción del sonido por parte de los saxofones, a menudo en pianissimo en los registros extremos.

P.- El Sax-Ensemble es una singularidad. ¿A qué aspectos sonoros y rítmicos de su universo creativo le ha permitido sacar más partido?

R.- El saxofón es un instrumento muy versátil. En otras obras como Duduk I y II lo he relacionado con el oboe armenio, o en Yidaki con el didjeridú australiano. En este caso hay una oposición entre el tratamiento de los saxofones por un lado, que en general funcionan como un consort de cornettos y sacabuches, y el piano y la percusión, que exageran ese mundo en cuestiones de dinámica y registro.

P.- Dice en las notas del programa que “de la oposición entre tradición e innovación nace un nuevo orden formal, no exento de cierto dramatismo”. ¿A qué se refiere exactamente?

R.- ¿Eso he dicho? Pues no me toca a mí decirlo, así que ¡ya me estoy arrepintiendo! Lo que sí puede haber en la obra es una oposición entre unas secciones más luminosas y otras más opacas.

P.- ¿Cómo dialoga Tientos y Batallas con el resto de obras del programa Dos generaciones vascas?

R.- Posiblemente surja un diálogo con las otras obras del programa, pero no ha sido buscado, al menos conscientemente. En efecto, se da la circunstancia de que todas las obras son de compositores vascos, pero también hay que decir que faltan muchos nombres, tanto de una generación como de otra.

P.- ¿Qué otros proyectos le ocupan estos días?

R.- Tengo entre manos dos obras de cámara, y en breve me pondré con una obra de gran formato para piano solo, mi instrumento, que me apetece mucho. Paralelamente sigo con mis clases de composición en Musikene, y con la coordinación del Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea Fundación BBVA en Bilbao, que está teniendo una gran aceptación entre el público.

Feliu Gasull at the Nacional Auditorium of Madrid

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on March 1, 2013  |  2 Comments

Ensayo general Tonades - Feliu Gasull

Today in the afternoon there’s the world premiere of Tonades for voice, guitar and orchestra, in the Nacional Auditorium of Madrid.

The piece consists of a collection of seven peasant songs from Catalunya, Mallorca and Valencia. The unmistakable character of the composer, his irony, craftiness and wit are mirrored into the seven songs filled with mediterranean evocations.

Through a special treatment of the orchestration, the composer makes the popular component of the melodies emerge.

Feliu Gasull gets a direct complicity with his audience, without falling into the predictable. During an interview recorded for RTVE, the composer commented: “We have been a lifetime ignoring the south, always looking at the center of Europe, and I didn’t want to miss what the south offers to us, that is brutal.”

The Nacional Orchestra of Spain, conducted by Josep Pons, Feliu Gasull as the guitar soloist and the singer Silvia Pérez Cruz -newest Best Song of the Goya Awards 2013- will be the responsibles to perform the three concerts programed for this weekend.

The appointments are today and tomorrow (march 1st and 2nd) at 19:30, and the next sunday (march 3rd) at 11:30.

Jesús Torres, in-house composer, wins the 2012 Spanish National Music Prize. Congratulations!

Posted by Redacción on November 29, 2012  |  Leave a comment

The in-house composer, Jesus Torres, has just been awarded the 2012 Spanish National Prize for Music in the composition category by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

On conferring this distinction on the composer Jesús Torres, the panel of judges cited “his fruitful artistic career in which his latest work Apocalipsi, written in 2011, deserves special mention”, as well as mentioning “his human values and perseverance in an independent aesthetic idea.”

Everyone in the team at Tritó is delighted by the composer’s success and we send him our congratulations.

The panel of judges was presided over by Miguel Angel Recio Crespo, Director General of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM).
The other members were Remedios Navarro, Silvia Márquez, Mercedes Zavala, María Luisa Manchado, Antonio Moral, Fernando Turina, Alberto Posadas (Spanish National Music Prize for Composition in 2011) and Pedro Gandía (Orquestra Barroca de Sevilla, Spanish National Music Award 2011 for Performance). Antonio Garde, Deputy Director of Music and Dance at the INAEM, acted as vice-president.

Jesus Torres’s work is published by Tritó and he has also released two albums on the Tritó label: Sinfonía, Movimiento y Partita and Tres Sinfonías

“Zigor” and “Fuegos” conducted by Pierre-André Valade

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on October 10, 2012  |  Leave a comment

The Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, under the batom of Pierre-André Valade, one of the most important  worldwide specialists in modern and contemporary repertoire, will offer a special concert on Thursday October 11 at 8 pm at the Teatro Campos Elíseos de Bilbao.
The program includes the premiere of Fuegos in Euskadi by  Gabriel Erkoreka which received the Queen Sofia Prize for Composition in 2008 and the premiere of the Symphonic Fragments of Zigor, Escudero Francisco Opera.
There will be also performed, El silencio de las piedras by Jesús Echevarría and Cobermòrum de J. Vicente Egea.
It is possible to purchase tickets at the website of the theater.

Our composers in the 2012/2013 CNDM season

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on June 11, 2012  |  Leave a comment

The 2012-2013 season of CNDM in Spain presents a program of more than 102 concerts and pedagogycal activities.

Every year the CNDM ask for works to the most important composers in Spain. In this year we will be attend to the premiere of Tientos by Gabriel Erkoreka.

In words of the CNDM organizers  the cycle Series 20/21:  ”As happened last year, the choice of composers has been made in an open and agreed with the performers, fleeing on purpose of personal style or prevailingtendencies”

One of the concerts that will be presented on the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC), the Arbós Trio will performance Trio (2001) that the composer Jesús Torres devoted to this group. TRITÓ is pleased to detect that one of his composers is always present on the festivals of contemporary music.

As happened last year, the choice of composers has been made in an open and agreed with the performers, fleeing on purpose of personal style or prevailing tendencies.

In the other hand and also in the program is included L’infinit by Jesus Rueda. It will be performed on the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia.

These are just some of the interesting proposals CNDM season.  We suggest you consult the program of the season CNDM to avoid getting lost any proposal of interest.

The rebirth of Xavier Montsalvatge

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on February 2, 2012  |  Leave a comment

This year marks the centenary of the birth of one of the most esteemed composers of our editorial house, the prolific Xavier Montsalvatge.

Numerous events will be performed during 2012 to honor his career and work.

TRITÓ joins tribute with a double-disc reissue released by our label in 2002. It brings together the masterpieces of the composer’s catalog (not the most performed): Sortilegis, Sinfonietta-Concerto, Metamorfosi de concert, Impromptu en el Generalife, Hommage à Manolo Hugué and the Concierto del Albayzín.

At that time, the album had been conceived not only as a tribute to the composer in his ninetieth year, but above all as a gift from a group of friends to the Maestro. It brought together many of the ideas that had emerged in conversations we had with Xavier Montsalvatge during his life.  Llorenç Caballero

This project would have been unthinkable without the presence of some of the great musicians of our time as Alicia de Larrocha, James Martin, Josep Colom and the Cadaqués Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda as conductor.

Today our purpose is more ambitious, we want to help the music to appreciate and claim Montsalvatge from other countries, especially across the Atlantic.

“Apocalipsis” at the SMR in Cuenca

Posted by Leticia Martin on April 19, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Apocalipsis de Jesús Torres

The second day of the Cuenca Religious Music Week, 17 April, saw the premiere of the latest work by Jesús Torres. Apocalipsis, specially commissioned for the Festival, is an ambitious project that counted on the participation of the Ensemble Residencias, the French choir Accentus and the Gregorian choir Schola Antiqua, all of them conducted by Nacho de Paz.

The old church known as the Iglesia de la Merced, a beautiful religious space converted into a library, was the venue of the premiere. As its title indicates, Apocalipsis is based on bible texts from the Book of Revelation written by St John of Patmos. The composer has divided the work into seven parts, each seven minutes long, combining Latin and Spanish in the choral lyrics. And two mixed choirs, a Gregorian choir and the ensemble – consisting of seven percussionists, two pianos, two trumpets, two horns, four trombones and an oboe – constitute a group of 49 musicians (7×7), distributed in seven spaces, thus giving special importance to both the numerical symbolism and the spatial organisation, specially thought out for the venue of the premiere.

The public, with the venue packed out, was situated at the centre of this whole spatial arrangement and experienced the “revelation” first hand. Several minutes of applause capped this unforgettable event during which Torres’ music carried us from the seven seals to New Jerusalem. The music evolves to express the text and also develops its own descriptive identity, making the most of the special characteristics of the instruments and the fabulous performers on hand for the occasion.

Following on from works like Evocación and Sinfonía, Jesus Torres has achieved the perfect fusion of music and lyrics in this piece, without detriment to the particular qualities of these two components. With each new project it becomes clearer and clearer that he is one of the most important composers of contemporary music in Spain.

Contemporary music 2011

Posted by Cristina Martí on March 7, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Logo Ciclo Música Contemporánea Sevilla 2011On various Wednesdays in the months of March, April and May, the 2011 Seville Contemporary Music Cycle will be held at the Teatro Central in Seville. The programme consists of eight concerts, including works by David del Puerto, Hèctor Parra and Gabriel Erkoreka.

Specifically, on 27 April the ensemble Rejoice will perform the concert version of the work Carmen Replay by David del Puerto, and on 30 March the Ensemble Recherche will present works by Hèctor Parra and by students of the Manuel de Falla Chair of Composition at the University of Granada. In addition, on the 25 May you will be able to listen to works by another of the composers who works with Tritó, Gabriel Erkoreka, along with other contemporary composers such as Saariaho and Fineberg, at the hands of the Taller Sonoro under the joint title “Angelus Novus: el futuro presente”.

Upcoming concerts

Posted by Cristina Martí on February 21, 2011  |  1 Comment

Imagen agendaMaybe you are still not aware that Tritó has a concert schedule, which provides details of all our composers’ musical activity, both around Spain and abroad.

To begin with, last week, on the 23 and 25 February, the Oviedo Filarmonía, under the baton of Lorenzo Ramos, performed the Tonadillas by Enric Granados with orchestration by Albert Guinovart, at the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Oviedo and the Madrid auditorium.

And on 26 February in Biscaya, the Orquestra Simfònica de Bilbao and the Orfeón Donostiarra continued the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death Jesús Guridi, performing his “Cuadros Vascos” at the Teatro Social Antzokia in Basauri

We can recommend seven concerts in March: if you were at the Centre Pompidou in Paris on the 2nd of the month you may have listened to the Ensemble Intercontemporain playing “Stress Tensor” by Hèctor Parra. On the 11th, Sortilegis, by Xavier Montsalvatge, will be performed at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid by the Orquestra de RTVE, and on the following day, at the same venue and with soloists from the same orchestra, you can listen to the Quartet with oboe by Jesús Torres

Continuing in the month of March, other concerts are La rosa del azafrán, by Jacinto Guerrero in Albacete on the 18th, Orchestral highlights from the opera Pepita Jiménez by Isaac Albéniz (edited by José de Eusebio) in Reutlingen (Germany), and the Obertura del ballet Alphonse et Léonore ou L’amant peintre by Ferran Sor in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, both on the 24th. And lastly, on 29 March the students from the Salamanca Music Conservatory will play the Concert for bassoon and chamber ensemble by Agustí Charles

There’s sure to be something that interests you among all these works. As you know, if you want to go to a concert, consult the schedule for the next few months. Enjoy yourselves!

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