MANUEL OLTRA (1922-2015): L’Alimara, JULI GARRETA (1875-1925): Suite empordanesa (arr. Ricard Lamote de Grignon [1889-1962]), JOAN LLUIS MORALEDA (b.1943): Tirant lo Blanc.

Catalogue Number: 01S034

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.573547

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: These wind band arrangements have been bolstered by the addition of two Catalonian shawms (tible and tenore) and a Catalonian flute (flabiol), which add a sharp, rustic and piercing sound to the band. This is appropriate since the Oltra and the Moraleda were originally written for the popular cobla band to which these instruments belong. Oltra’s “The Bonfire” is a nine-minute symphonic poem with medieval echoes, putting it in the same genre as Moraleda’s 1986 suite inspired by a 15th-century chivalric romance. The latter could be a Rozsa score for a Hollywood historical epic into which a time-travelling Tilman Susato is imported for the dances of the work’s finale. Garreta is a conservative romantic and his four-movement suite of 35 minutes portrays aspects of coastal Catalonia from a boat trip the composer had taken. You might rather hear it in its original orchestral version but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen. Barcelona Symphonic Band; Salvador Brotons.

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