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A strong opponent of oppression in all its forms, Leonardo Balada met Martin Luther King in 1967. His Sinfonía 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 Sinfonía and the virtuoso Double Concerto use Balada’s pioneering blend of ethnic music with avant-garde techniques, while Columbus: Images for Orchestra is a free adaptation of four contrasting scenes from his acclaimed opera Christopher Columbus (8660237-38). In 2007 Leonardo Balada won an Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters which helped to make this recording possible.
Leonardo Balada: Sinfonia en negro: Homage to Martin Luther King, "Symphony No. 1"
I. Opresion (Oppression)
II. Cadenas (Chains)
III. Vision (Vision)
IV. Triunfo (Triumph)
Leonardo Balada: Double Concerto
Leonardo Balada: Columbus
I. En el Puerto de Palos (The Port of Palos)
II. Almirante, Almirante! (Admiral, Admiral!)
III. En donde esta la voluntad de Dios? (Where is the Will of God?)