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Acclaim for Casablancas’s premiere

This past 14 January saw the premiere of The Dark Backward of Time by Benet Casablancas, at the Barcelona Auditorium, performed by the OBC under the direction of E. Martínez Izquierdo. The piece earned the acclaim of the audience and critics alike: From the outset, Casablancas remains true to his own personality as a composer, and brings out a more poetic, more evocative side to it, producing a level of tension and interest which is sustained throughout. Jorge de Persia, La Vanguardia An excellent score in terms of compositional technique, virtuoso in the interplay of colours and textures. Manuel Cereijo, El Periódico A de luxe orchestration and an admirable palette of sounds are the strong points in this difficult and appealing piece which once again confirms Casablancas's place among the pantheon of contemporary Spanish composers. Pablo Meléndez-Haddad, ABC The premiere (...) saw one of our best contemporary composers in intense dialogue with the tradition whence he emerges and off which he feeds. Àlex Susanna, El Mundo A score which serves to confirm Casablancas as one of the leading composers of our day. David Ramón, Diari de Sabadell