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Concert dedicated to Benet Casablancas in Vienna

This 9 April, 2008, the prestigious Musikverein in Vienna hosts a concert dedicated to the chamber works of Benet Casablancas. The event features the Barcelona ensemble Barcelona 216 with the actor Carlos Hipólito as reciter, under the direction of Manuel Valdivieso. The concert is part of the Spanien Modern cycle, promoted by the Cervantes Institute of Vienna, with support from the Ramón Llull Institute. The programme comprises the following works: New Epigrams, In modo di Passacaglia, Celebració-Scherzino and "Escenas de Hamlet". All of these works were recorded recently by the same performers for an upcoming CD. The music of Benet Casablancas, last year's winner of the Catalan National Music Prize, enjoys growing international diffusion. As of late, his works have been performed in Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela, France, Sweden, United States, Peru, El Salvador, Turkey, England, Belgium and Holland. In recordings, two releases of Casablancas' works are imminent: his complete works for piano, performed by J. Masó and M. Villalba (NAXOS), and his orchestration of  "Cinc Cançons i Danses by Frederic Mompou", performed by the Orquesta Filarmonia de Galicia conducted by A. Ros-Marbà (WARNER). Another recording – of the orchestral pieces The Dark Backward of Time, Tres Epigramas, Postludio, Poema d´amor and Intrada sobre el nom de DALI performed by the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i National de Catalunya with Ofèlia Sala and conducted by Salvador Mas – has been completed.