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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

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

New Epigrams in ISCM World Music Days 2008

Posted by Leticia Martin on October 28, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Benet Casablancas“New Epigrams” for chamber orchestra has been included in the programme for “ISCM World Music Days 2008″, being held this year in Vilnius (Lithuania). The piece, Spain’s sole representative at this year’s Festival, is being performed on October 27 by the Cantus Ensemble of Croatia at the Town Hall in the Lithuanian capital. The international jury, charged with making their selection from among over 350 scores submitted by the ISCM’s national sections, includes figures of the stature of Peter Eötvös, Jonathan Harvey, Luca Francesconi, Onute Narbutaire and Helena Tulve. New Epigrams has been performed previously in London (London Sinfonietta Perspective CD), Strasbourg (Festival Musica), Amsterdam (Holland Festival), Düsseldorf (Biennale “Ohren Musik aus Europa”), St. Petersburg (Hermitage State Orchestra), La Tour-de- Trême (Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne), Oberlin (Ohio, USA), Vienna (Portrait Benet Casablancas, Musikverein) as well as in several Spanish cities (Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Sabadell and Valencia).
Alter Klang “Impromptu per a orquestra”, was commissioned by the Spanish National Orchestra in 2007, and is published by Tritó Edicions. In 2009 the piece will be performed in Holland, Belgium and Sweden.

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.

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.

Benet Casablancas, Catalan National Music Prize 2007

Posted by Redacción on July 18, 2007  |  Leave a comment

Benet Casablancas was born in Sabadell in 1956 and studied in Barcelona under Josep Soler and Antoni Ros-Marbà and later in Vienna under Friedrich Cerha and K.H. Füssl. Although he devotes a great deal of his time to working as a music educator, theorist and critic, it is accomplishments as a composer that have brought him his international reputation. His works have won awards in competitions around the world and are performed regularly by the most prestigious specialized orchestras and ensembles. Now his long career as a composer has been rewarded with the highest distinction conceded by the Catalan government in the field: the Premi Nacional de Música. Tritó has published five of Mr Casablancas’ most recent works and will soon be releasing others, including the symphonic works The Dark Backward of Time, Intrada sobre el nom de Dalí and the impromptu for orchestra Alter Klang.

Benet Casablancas finalist for the Prince Pierre of Monaco Prize.

Posted by Redacción on July 4, 2007  |  Leave a comment

The Musical Council of the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation, presided by Mme. Henri Dutilleux and Betsy Colas, with Julian Anderson, Narcís Bonet, Charles Chaynes, Ahmed Essyad, Ivan Fedele, Cristóbal Halffter, Arvo Pärt, Aribert Reimann and Gilles Tremblay, has chosen the 14 works which will be competing for the 2007 composition prize. The list includes The Dark Backward of Time, by Benet Casablancas, published by Tritó Edicions. The winner of the competition will be announced this 9 October.

Jordi Masó premieres a work by Jesús Torres

Posted by Marcel Soleda on March 15, 2007  |  Leave a comment

As part of the season Nous Sons at the Auditori de Barcelona, the young pianist from Granollers (Barcelona) premiered …i l’infant dorm by the Spanish composer Jesús Torres, in a programme of small-format works in tribute to the late Joaquim Homs. The concert included, among other works Tombeau by Benet Casablancas, and Instants by David Padrós.

Also within the Nous Sons season, on Saturday 17 March, the Ensemble Proxima Centauri performed Ciel rouillé by Héctor Parra, and on 24 March the Arditti String Quartet will be performing String Quartet No. 2 by Benet Casablancas, and String Quartet No. 1 by Joan Guinjoan, all published by Tritó.

World premiere by Benet Casablancas in Madrid

Posted by Marcel Soleda on February 15, 2007  |  Leave a comment

Conducted by principle conductor Josep Pons, the Orquesta Nacional de España (ONE) performs Alter Klang, a piece the orchestra commissioned from Mr Benet Casablancas, at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid on 16, 17 and 18 February

Concert with music by Casablancas in Madrid

Posted by Marcel Soleda on March 20, 2006  |  Leave a comment

The Auditorium of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid presents on the evening of 27 March a concert solely of works by the composer Benet Casablancas. The event is organized by the CDMC (Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea). Among other pieces, the programme features New Epigrams, Celebració Scherzino and Petita música nocturna, performed by the ensemble Modus Novus conducted by Santiago Serrate.

Acclaim for Casablancas’s premiere

Posted by Marcel Soleda on January 25, 2006  |  Leave a comment

benetThis past 14 January saw the premiere of The Dark Backward of Time by Benet Casablancas, at the Barcelona Auditorium, performed by the OBC under the direction of E. Martínez Izquierdo. The piece earned the acclaim of the audience and critics alike:

From the outset, Casablancas remains true to his own personality as a composer, and brings out a more poetic, more evocative side to it, producing a level of tension and interest which is sustained throughout.

Jorge de Persia, La Vanguardia

An excellent score in terms of compositional technique, virtuoso in the interplay of colours and textures.

Manuel Cereijo, El Periódico

A de luxe orchestration and an admirable palette of sounds are the strong points in this difficult and appealing piece which once again confirms Casablancas’s place among the pantheon of contemporary Spanish composers.

Pablo Meléndez-Haddad, ABC

The premiere (…) saw one of our best contemporary composers in intense dialogue with the tradition whence he emerges and off which he feeds.

Àlex Susanna, El Mundo

A score which serves to confirm Casablancas as one of the leading composers of our day.

David Ramón, Diari de Sabadell

The OBC premiere Casablancas’s orchestral work

Posted by Marcel Soleda on January 4, 2006  |  Leave a comment

odcThese coming 14 and 15 January, 2006, the Auditori de Barcelona hosts the premiere of the latest composition by the Catalan composer Benet Casablancas, The Dark Backward of Time, a title which quotes from Prospero in The Tempest by Shakespeare.

The piece will be performed by the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC), who commissioned the work, conducted by Ernest Martínez Izquierdo. The work is sixteen minutes long and is conceived for a broad orchestral effect.

Last quarter news from Tritó

Posted by Marcel Soleda on September 30, 2005  |  Leave a comment

At Tritó, we have returned from the summer holidays anxious to embark on new projects: projects that are aimed at further enriching our catalogue with new and interesting scores. In addition to the previously unpublished Tres Impromptus by Montsalvatge, we should also mention the arrangement of Ramon Carnicer’s Overture to the Barber of Seville by an anonymous contemporary of the composer, 6 diferències per a un tema mallorquí by David Padrós and 7 epigrames per a piano by Benet Casablancas.

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