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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.

Catalonia by Isaac Albéniz

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

The two great symphonic works by Isaac Albéniz, Catalonia and Catalan Symphonic Scenes, have been virtually ignored by the recording companies: the versions of Catalonia available on the market are scarce, date back over two decades and are from abroad, and as regards Symphonic Scenes there is no evidence of any recordings prior to this release.

Following the recent revival of the opera Pepita Jimenez, a suite was released that brings together the orchestral sections and it concludes this selection of repertoire that aims to bring the public closer to Isaac Albéniz’s authentic symphonism.

The new recording is titled Catalonia and includes the abovementioned works, performed by the Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya under the baton of Jaime Martín. It should be mentioned that the sleeve notes were written by the musicologist Josep Dolcet.

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The OBC premieres Línies i Plans” by David Padrós

Posted by Cristina Martí on April 2, 2007  |  Leave a comment

On 29 March, as part of the Nous Sons de Músiques Contemporànies season at the Auditori in Barcelona, the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC), conducted by Juan José Olives, premiered Línies i Plans, a piece written for orchestra by the Catalan composer David Padrós.  This year’s Nous Sons season featured the presence of two outstanding contemporary composers: in addition to Mr Padrós, the Briton Jonathan Harvey. The two men share a fascination for Eastern spirit and musical genres, a deep knowledge of musical heritage and a tireless quest for new forms of expression.

Benet Casablancas performed in Madrid

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

The Dark Backward of Time, a piece by Benet Casablancas which the OBC premiered in 2006, will enjoy repeat performances by the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE) conducted by Vasily Petrenko on the 18th January at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid.

The Spanish National Orchestra also programmes Sor

Posted by Marcel Soleda on March 28, 2006  |  Leave a comment

sorJust as the OBC (Orchestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya) rediscovers Ferran Sor’s overture for the tragedy La Elvira Portuguesa, this coming weekend the Spanish National Orchestra under principal conductor Josep Pons performs another of the composer’s forgotten orchestral works: the overture from the ballet Hercule et Omphale. The performances are 31 March and 1 and 2 April at the Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid. Among other ballets by Sor, the Tritó catalogue offers the score for the overture from Alphonse et Léonor.

The OBC programme another Ferran Sor overture

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

sorThe Catalan orchestra OBC, having featured his Overture from the ballet Cendrillon in their previous season, once again include such a piece by the Barcelona composer Ferran Sor on their programme. La Elvira Portuguesa is a tragedy from 1804 written by Zavala y Zamora of which only Sor’s score has been conserved. The concert dates are 24, 25, 26 and 28 March at the Auditori de Barcelona.

The score has been revised by the musicologist Josep Dolcet. Other scores by Sor in the Tritó catalogue are his Symphonies no. 1, 2 and 3.

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

Joan Guinjoan wins the 5th Tomás Luis de Victoria Iber-american prize

Posted by Marcel Soleda on October 8, 2004  |  Leave a comment

Joan Guinjoan has won this award, regarded as one of the most important career awards in Iber-American music. Mr Guinjoan was selected from among 56 composers from 17 countries.

From Tritó, our most sincere congratulations. In 2004, this Catalan composer (born in Riudoms, Tarragona) has composed two works, both published by Tritó. His Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra was premiered a few months ago by Joan Enric Lluna and the OBC at the Auditori in Barcelona, and was widely acclaimed by the audience and critics alike. The other work, Verbum, will be staged by the National Ballet of Cuba with choreography by Alicia Alonso

Premiere of Concert for piano by Xavier Benguerel

Posted by Marcel Soleda on October 2, 2004  |  Leave a comment

This coming 26 November Xavier Benguerel’s Concerto for Piano will premiere at the Auditori in Barcelona. Commissioned by the OBC, the work will be performed by the same orchestra conducted by Josep Caballé Domenech and with the soloist Albert Attenelle. There will be further performances on the 27th and the 28th.

(L’Auditori, Barcelona, 26 November 2004, 9pm; 27 November, 7pm; and 28 November, 11am)

Barcelona première of Guinjoan’s, Concerto for clarinet and orchestra

Posted by Marcel Soleda on March 23, 2004  |  Leave a comment

“This past 16 April, the Auditori de Barcelona hosts the premier of Concerto for Clarinet and orchestra by Joan Guinjoan. The clarinet soloist is Lluna, who will be accompanied by the OBC conducted by first conductor Martínez-Izquierdo.

Tritó has already published his Symphony nº 2, “Ciutat de Tarragona” and Pantonal for orchestra. We will soon be publishing Verbum for piano. Guinjoan composed the opera Gaudí, which will premier at the Liceu in 2005.”

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