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The resulting piece, though somewhat 'odd' compared to almost any other treatments of spirituals, is a very exciting work. Within each movement, one is swept up in the fantasy treatment and Balada always approaches the 'found' material in creative manners that still hint towards the originals.

The performances on the disc are very strong with Madrid's orchestra and chorus having a tremendous affinity for Balada's style. Irish narrator Denis Raft, currently resident in Spain, does an excellent job with projection and intelligibility of the countless languages involved in the thorny narrator part of No-res.

At Naxos's bargain prices, every serious listener interested in contemporary music should own the entire Balada series. One can buy the whole series of discs for what other labels might charge for only two releases!

However, both this disc, along with the previously reviewed Guernica release provide distinguished introductions to this strong composer's personal musical voice.

Copyright © 3 November 2005 Carson P Cooman, Pittsburgh USA

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Leonardo Balada: No-res - Ebony Fantasies

8.557343 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 65'38" 2005 Naxos Rights International Ltd

Denis Rafter, narrator; Chorus and Orchestra of the Comunidad de Madrid; José Ramón Encinar, conductor

Leonardo Balada (born 1933): No-res (Nothing) (1974) - a symphonic tragedy in two parts, for narrator, chorus, orchestra and tape; Ebony Fantasies - cantata (2003)

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CARSON COOMAN'S REVIEW OF BALADA'S 'GUERNICA'

COOMAN TALKS TO LEONARDO BALADA ABOUT 'DEATH OF COLUMBUS'

CARSON P COOMAN

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