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Zagreb and Alexandria to hear Benet Casablancas

Posted by Cristina Martí on March 23, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Vista de la catedral de ZagrebCoinciding with the twenty-sixth Zagreb Music Biennale (7 to 17 April), this year will see the celebration of the Festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music from 10 to 15 April. Benet Casablancas will attend the closing concert to listen to his work “Dove of Peace: Homage to Picasso” being performed by the “Zeitfluss” ensemble. Casablancas, musicologist and composer born in Sabadell (Barcelona), and academic director of the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo in Barcelona since 2002, is also a member of the international jury that has selected sixty-eight modern compositions, in fourteen categories, out of the 400 submitted for performance during the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days.

“Dove of Peace: Homage to Picasso”

Commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Concerto no. 1 for clarinet and ensemble, “Dove of Peace: Homage to Picasso”, will be performed in Zagreb by Davorin Brozić as soloist and the Ossian Ensemble from Canterbury, led by Darren Bloom. This first performance in Croatia follows on from the world premiere of the work in May 2010 in Liverpool, with Nicholas Cox and the Ensemble 10/10 conducted by Clark Rundell. Its Spanish premiere is scheduled for next January in Madrid.

Forthcoming concerts with Casablancas

In addition, the Egyptian premiere of “New Epigrams” will take place at the II Alexandrina Contemporary Music Biennale, with the London Sinfonietta conducted by Diego Masson (whose programme includes works by Benjamin, Saed Haddad, Ligeti and Birtwistle), and the also three “Epigrams” for sextet, to be played by the Barcelona 216 ensemble conducted by José María Sánchez-Verdú. Both concerts will be offered at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (26 and 27 April), and will be repeated on the following days at the Cairo Opera House and the Falaki Theatre in the same city (2 May). For further information, consult the European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society website.

And in the near future, works by Casablancas will also be premiered in Argentina and, once again, Japan. As regards concerts in Spain, particular mention should be made of those to be offered next May by the Deutsches Kammerphilharmonie from Bremen, which will present the “Nocturne” for orchestra in Bilbao and Barcelona, and the first performance of the “Third String Quartet” in Barcelona, to be played by the Arditti Quartet, which premiered the work and recently recorded a CD on the Tritó label with the complete quartets and string trio.

Casablancas, finalist at the XV Music Awards

Posted by Cristina Martí on February 27, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Benet Casablancas: orchestral works Benet Casablancas has been selected as a finalist at the XV Music Awards in the ‘Best Classical Music Composer’ category with his work ‘Alter Klang. Impromptu for orchestra after Paul Klee”.

A recording of the piece is included in the monographic CD ‘Benet Casablancas. Orchestral Works’, released on the Anemos/Inaem label and performed by the Orquesta Nacional de España under the baton of its chief conductor Josep Pons, with Bertram Kornacher overseeing the musical production.

The album, beautifully presented and with documented sleeve notes by Yvan Nommick, also includes ‘Three Epigrams’ for orchestra and the world premiere of the composer’s latest work, ‘Darkness visible. Nocturne for orchestra’.

Written as a commission for the Orquesta Nacional de España, which premiered the piece in January 2007 at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid in February 2007, ‘Alter Klang’ has enjoyed notable success, having been played on repeated occasions in Spain and abroad (Holland, Belgium, Sweden) by orchestras such as the Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the NJO from The Netherlands, the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Malmö Simfoni Orkester. And in March 2012 it will be performed in Barcelona by the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.

Collection Música Breu

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

Interludi Manuel Garcia Morante

Tritó Edicions is pleased to present the new collection of chamber music scores. Titled Música Breu, it consists of a series of short Spanish pieces for chamber orchestra.  In December the following titles were published, which you can obtain in the shop:

Preludio a Melisendra, by Agustí Charles
Interludi, by Manuel García Morante
Interludi de Castertelçol, by Josep María Mestres Quadreny
Interludi amb música antiga, by Xavier Benguerel
Intermezzo, by Miquel Ortega
Octet, by Benet Casablancas
Interludi, by David Padrós

Catalogues by composer now available

Posted by Cristina Martí on January 3, 2011  |  1 Comment

The free catalogues by composer are now available. In them you can locate all the works – scores, books and CDs – which have been published by Tritó and which are available in our shop.

You can download the following catalogues:

Presentation of two monographic CDs by Charles and Casablancas

Posted by Marcel Soleda on November 29, 2010  |  Leave a comment

Next Friday 3 December, at 12:30, will see the presentation of two monographic CDs: Elapsed Memories, by Agustí Charles, and Complete String Quartets and Trio, by Benet Casablancas. The act will be held at the Club Social of the headquarters of the Sgae Group in Catalonia (Passeig Colom, 6).

Ramon Muntaner, Llorenç Caballero, director of Tritó Edicions, and the composers themselves, Benet Casablancas and Agustí Charles, will speak at the presentation.

The work of the composer and musicologist Casablancas was recorded in the chamber music hall of the Auditori de Girona on 27, 28 and 29 July 2009 with the collaboration of the SGAE and the Fundació Autor, and consists of five pieces of music: Five interludes -quasi variazioni- (1983), String quartet no. 2 (1991), String trio (1992), Encore for Arditti (2004) and String quartet no. 3 -Raging in the Dark- (2009).

On the other hand, in September 2009 at the Auditori de Barcelona, the OBC under the baton of Jaime Martín recorded three orchestral works by the composer Agustí Charles: Elapsed Memories (2006), Double Variations (1994) and Effigies II (1998).

For further information see: www.sgae.es.

Casablancas debuts “Dove of Peace”, homage to Picasso

Posted by Toni Cruanyes on May 19, 2010  |  Leave a comment

Dove of Peace. Homage to Picasso Hill will be premiered on 19 May at the Cornerstone, Hope Everton, Great Hall of Liverpool, by the clarinettist Nicholas Cox and the Ensemble 10/10 under the baton of Clark Rundell.

This work, which is his chamber concerto nº 1 for clarinet and chamber orchestra, is fruit of a commission from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The fact that the date of the premiere coincided with the celebration of a major exhibition devoted to Picasso at the Tate Liverpool prompted the composer to envisage his work as a homage to the much-admired Spanish artist.

With this piece, the author once again explores one of his passions, which has become a constant in his oeuvre, and this is the dialogue with other artistic languages, poetry and literature, and especially painting, whose echo we can recognize in pieces like Alter Klang, Impromptu for orchestra after poems by Paul Klee (2006) or Four Darks in Red, based on the work of Rothko, and recently premiered in New York..

This work is Casablancas’ first incursion into the concertante genre.

Alter Klang by Benet Casablancas in Holland, Belgium and Sweden

Posted by Leticia Martin on January 9, 2009  |  2 Comments

The Dutch youth orchestra, Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw, has chosen the work Alter Klang by Benet Casablancas for its January concert tour, which takes it to the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht in Holland and Antwerp in Belgium. This work consolidates Benet Casablancas’ place among the most internationally acclaimed Spanish composers.

Alter Klang (Antique harmonies) refers back to a well-known painting with the same name by Paul Klee. The composer brings a broad spectrum of sustained rhetorical resources and synesthesiae into play, which emerged in the adaptation of the pictorial language to music.

Composed in a sole movement for large orchestra it has received chamber music treatment on various occasions. It is dedicated to Josep Pons, who conducted the premiere at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid in 2007. This same conductor will perform it in Malmö (Sweden) with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in April.

Alter Klang

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.

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