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Leonardo Balada

Publisher: G. Schirmer

No-Res (1974)
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
1974
Duration
40 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Solo Instrument(s)
Narrator ad lib

  • Ensemble
    Madrid Community Chorus/ Madrid Community Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Denis Rafter, narrator
    Conductor
    José Ramón Encinar
    Naxos:
Reviews
The howling of desperate wolves opens Leonardo Balada’s “No-res,” or “Nothing,” a bleak cantata about death…Using text (by French writer Jean Paris) from several languages, tapes of animals, smashing glass and uprooted trees, the work’s harrowing look at death would make a worthy Halloween counterpart to Handel’s Messiah. Its impetus and immediacy stem from the death of the composer’s mother. First lamenting it, then protesting it, the chorus jabs and punches as much as sings, the narrator speaks with awful hardness, and the orchestra thrashes about—all harrowing and even touching.
Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,1/1/0001
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