New Benet Casablancas CD/DVD Set

There is a new recording of Benet Casablancas works available from Columna Música! The album, called Retrat D’Artista (Portrait of an Artist), is primarily an anthology of works performed during Casablancas’s tenure as Composer in Residence at L’Auditori de Barcelona from 2013 to 2015. It includes performances by Orquestra Simfònica de Vallès, Seattle Chamber Players, and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona.

The album comes with a bonus DVD that includes more than three hours of additional performances of significant works, plus a documentary section that includes interviews with close associates of the composer. Performances on the DVD include numerous solo performers and orchestras, including—we are very excited to say—several concerts by our resident Perspectives Ensemble, under the direction of Ángel Gil-Ordóñez.  

The Perspectives Ensemble recordings feature the NYC premieres of three Casablancas works commissioned by the Foundation for Iberian Music, including Four Darks in Red (from the Miller Theater’s Composer Portrait in 2010), Dance, Song, and Celebration: Homage to Montsalvatge (the 2012 Composer’s Commission), and Romanza without Words: Homage to Granados (a part of 2016’s Granados Celebration).

This CD/DVD set is available from Columna Música for 12€ and includes liner notes in Catalan, Spanish, and English. You can view the full tracklist for the CD on their website.