The Abstract and the Ethnic
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Strikingly colorful works by a modern composer gaining in renown.

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Leonardo Balada graduated from the "Conservatorio del Liceu" of that city and the Juilliard School in 1960. He studied with Vincent Persichetti, Aaron Copland and Igor Markevitch. Since 1970 he has been teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he is University Professor of Composition. Another volume of his music appears on Albany TROY343.
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Leonardo Balada, composer
Geometrias N. 1
Conjunto Cameristico de Barcelona; Leonardo Ballada, conductor

Leonardo Balada, composer
Cuatris
Conjunto Cameristico de Barcelona; Leonardo Ballada, conductor

Leonardo Balada, composer
Mosaico
American Brass Quintet

Leonardo Balada, composer
Union of the Oceans
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble

Leonardo Balada, composer
Song and Dance
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble

Leonardo Balada, composer
Quasi un Pasodoble
Orquesta Sinfonica de la Radio TV Espanola; Enrique Asensio, conductor

Leonardo Balada, composer
Homage to Casals
Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona; Leonardo Balada, conductor

Leonardo Balada, composer
Homage to Sarasate
Louisville Orchestra; Jorge Mester, conductor

Review:
"Balada is a superb orchestrator, and these colorful works show him off to good advantage... listeners attracted to well-adjusted Spanish dreamscapes will find much to enjoy here..." (American Record Guide)
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