Emanuel Abbuhl (oboe), Joan Enric Lluna (clarinet), Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Edmon Colomer (conductor)
Naxos's acclaimed and richly rewarding series of releases of work by Leonardo Balada continues with his powerful tribute written in response to the murder of Martin Luther King, whose place in public awareness is as high as ever with 2013 being the 50th anniversary of his famous speech 'I have a dream'. A strong opponent of oppression in all its forms, Leonardo Balada met Martin Luther King in 1967. His Sinfonia en Negro is a powerful response to King's subsequent murder as well as a description of the black people's journey in the Americas from slavery to freedom. Both the Sinfonia and the virtuoso Double Concerto use Balada's pioneering blend of ethnic music with avant-garde techniques. In 2007 Leonardo Balada won an Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters which helped to make this recording possible.
Balada Sinfonia en Negro: Homage to Martin Luther King, Double Concerto, Columbus
Running Time: 1 hr 1 min