12 Apr 19:30

Barnabás Kelemen, violin & Mihály Berecz, piano

Programme: 
Wolfgang A. Mozart, Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat Major, KV 454
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Franz Schubert, Sonatina for Violin and Piano No. 3 in G minor, D 408
Béla Bartók, Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 


Two superb Hungarian musicians belonging to different generations have in recent years been enchanting music lovers also as an engaging chamber duet. Due to his exceptional sense of style and his comprehensive technical proficiency, Barnabás Kelemen, winner of the 2020 Gramophone Classical and BBC Music Magazine 2020 awards, navigates with confidence through the entire catalogue of music written for the violin. He is also a devoted advocate of contemporary music, with world or Hungarian premieres of works by Kurtág, Ligeti, Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Steve Reich, and Ryan Wigglesworth to his name.
Mihály Berecz, an exceptionally gifted pianist, is firmly on the road to world fame. Winner of the 2017 Debut Berlin International Concerto Competition, his accolades include the prestigious Harriet Cohen Bach Prize at the Royal Academy of Music London (2018). An elegant artist of great stature, Mihály Berecz dazzles the audiences with his refined, yet liberated interpretations.

The musicians’ artistic breadth is reflected in the evening’s stylistically diversified programme culminating revealingly in Bartók – a composer for whom both interpreters feel a great affinity. 

 

Kelemen proved he was not only a master of his instrument but also of the concert stage, with an electrifying performance. … A commanding presence coupled with a display of astonishing technique quickly endeared him to the capacity audience. His tonal palette in the adagio was passionately moving, whilst his cadenza was awash with fiery brilliance.
Stage Whispers


 

Blessed with a staggering virtuoso technique and a charismatic ability to communicate even the most complex music engagingly, Hungarian violinist, Barnabás Kelemen … dressed in a black frock coat and skinny trousers, like his fellow Hungarian Franz Liszt two centuries previously, oozed star appeal. It was not visuals alone that were striking: what impressed so much from the start was the tonal palette he demonstrated; the difference between the deep, rich voice of the G string sounded like a different instrument to the silken soaring lines he produced on the E string.
Bachtrack

 

Pianist Mihály Berecz performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations with apparently effortless technical facility and a stylistic, yet engaging interpretation.
BBC Music Magazine

Barnabás Kelemen, violin & Mihály Berecz, piano

12 Apr 19:30
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In cooperation with the Balassi Institute Ljubljana

8 Jun 19:30

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 9

Conductor: Dawid Runtz

Program:
Richard Strauss,  Don Juan, Op. 20
Bedřih Smetana, Vltava, JB 1:112
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Antonin Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95
 


Apart from Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss (1864-1949) had the most decisive influence on the image of German classical music in the period of late Romanticism and the transition to Expressionism. Today, we know him mainly as the composer of the operas Der Rosenkavalier, Salome and Elektra, and the symphonic poems Don Juan, Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote, Death and Transfiguration and An Alpine Symphony, but he was also well known as a conductor. The symphonic poem Don Juan was written in 1888 and, according to musicologist Carl Dahlhaus, represents a “musical symbol of fin-de-siecle modernism”.

Má vlast (My Fatherland) is a cycle of six symphonic poems and one of the most famous works by Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884), the great Romantic composer who laid the foundations of Czech musical identity. In the individual movements, which depict specific Czech regions, we find many elements of the local folk music. Smetana’s efforts to creat “Czech” classical music were continued by Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904), who achieved international fame especially after moving to the United States, where he served as director of the American National Conservatory of Music in New York between 1892 and 1895. It was during this period that Dvořák created his Ninth Symphony.
The final concert of this year’s Kromatika season will be led by young Polish conductor Dawid Runtz (1992), the chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic and the Polish Royal Opera. He made his debut in 2016 with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra after completing his studies at the Chopin University of Music in the class of Antoni Wit. Runtz soon gained a reputation for his sophisticated, elegant technique, his sensitivity to musical materials and his authentic, communicative interpretations. He is now a sought-after concert and opera conductor throughout Europe.
 

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 9

8 Jun 19:30
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18 May 19:30

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 8

Conductor: Rossen Milanov

Solist: Claire Huangci, piano

Program: 
Maurice Ravel, Pavane pour une infante défunte, M. 19
Piano Concerto in G major, M. 83
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Igor Stravinsky, Petrushka
 

In addition to being a cosmopolitan figure open to a wide variety of influences, Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) had a very special sense of humour and a unique view of his own creativity and of art in general. With Pavane pour une infante défunte, a piano work written in 1899 and orchestrated in 1910, he wanted to evoke the mood of a slow court dance, “like a young princess would dance at a Spanish court”. The Pavane represents one of the highlights of Ravel’s sophisticated oeuvre, which is full of elegance and intimate narrative. Some of his works were also strongly influenced by jazz, which Ravel heard during his concert tour of the United States. Shortly afterwards, he composed the Piano Concerto in G major, his “Jazz Concerto”, which was first performed in 1932. At the present concert, the solo part will be performed by the young American pianist and winner of the 2018 Géza Anda Competition Claire Huangci, who has performed at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Elbe Philharmonic.

One of the most influential composers of the twentieth century, Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) changed his musical language several times throughout his life. With his new musical language he made significant contributions to the picturesque late Romantic music of the Russian tradition of his mentors and role models (Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Glazunov), while in the period before the First World War he created mainly ballet music. Several works from this creative period of the Russian artist, who lived most of his life in France and the United States, have survived on the concert stages to this day, including the ballet Petrushka. At its premiere performance in Paris in 1911, the famous ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky appeared in the title role. The production was one of the most famous works in the repertoire of the Russian Ballet under the direction of the legendary choreographer Sergei Diaghilev.
 
 

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 8

18 May 19:30
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6 Apr 19:30

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 7

Conductor: Rossen Milanov

Slovenian Philharmonic Choir
Jerica Bukovec, choirmaster

Program:
Claude Debussy, Trois nocturnes for female choir and orchestra, L. 91
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Franz Liszt, Dante Symphony, S. 109
 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) generously incorporated exotic musical elements into the European musical tradition and successfully wove them into French Romanticism, thus creating musical impressionism. With his orchestral and piano compositions, he explored instrumental colours and harmonies, which he used to paint the most subtle emotions and scenes from the phenomenal world in a uniquely effective way. His Trois nocturnes paint clouds, a festival and sea nymphs, respectively. In the last of the three musical paintings, he added female voices to the colourful sound of the orchestra, further strengthening the association with the dangerous mythological seducers from the sea waves.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, Franz Liszt (1811-1886) breathed the freshness of new concepts and new sonorities into the symphonic music of the Beethoven tradition, which has its roots deep in the eighteenth century. He conceived and developed the symphonic poem as a new format of orchestral composition, which, in a single but extensive movement, exploits the colourful and flexible ensemble of the symphony orchestra to paint programmatic sonic landscapes and narratives. The Dante Symphony, based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, is halfway between a symphony and a symphonic poem – it consists of two extensive movements, which can be understood as corresponding to Dante’s Inferno and Purgatory. This rather dark work is concluded by an optimistic Magnificat, in which the sound of the orchestra is complemented by “heavenly” voices.

The RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Rossen Milanov, will be joined on this occasion by the female singers of the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir, the only professional concert choir in Slovenia. The singers will be prepared by the permanent guest choirmaster of the Slovenian Philharmonic, Jerica Bukovec.

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 7

6 Apr 19:30
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9 Mar 19:30

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 6

Conductor: Rossen Milanov

Soloist: Jure Gradišnik, trumpet

Program:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ballet music from the opera Idomeneo, KV 367
Damijan Močnik,Trumpet Concerto 
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Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417, Tragic


In 1780, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) received a commission from the Bavarian Electoral Prince Charles Theodore for an opera to be performed as part of the carnival celebrations in Munich. In his new work, the Italian opera Idomeneo, the composer included as many as seven extensive dances in the French manner, but we unfortunately do not know exactly where they were intended to be placed within the opera itself. Today, they are most often heard in concert performance as the independent dances of an orchestral suite.

In recent years, Damijan Močnik (1967) has established himself as one of the most important Slovenian composers of choral and vocal-instrumental music, and has a growing reputation abroad, as well. Among Močnik’s recent achievements is the opera Všeč si mi (I Like You), which experienced as many as 18 sold-out performances in the 2018/2019 season. Močnik works as a choirmaster and teacher at the music school of the St Stanislaus Institute in Ljubljana, as well as at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. He also leads several choirs, including the Megaron Chamber Choir. In 2022, he received the Prešeren Fund Prize for his work.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) is considered one of the most influential composers of the early nineteenth century, and he left a lasting mark on many genres in which his compositions are exemplary, from solo songs and piano miniatures to symphonies. In his short life, he created an extremely extensive oeuvre, including seven completed symphonies (out of the thirteen he commenced). He composed the Fourth Symphony, Tragic, at only 19 years of age, but it was not performed until more than two decades after the composer’s death.

The programme will be presented under the baton of our chief conductor Rossen Milanov, and the soloist in Močnik’s Trumpet Concerto will be Jure Gradišnik, who is a principal trumpeter of our orchestra and a former member of the Orchestra of the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana. He is also a colleague of the composer at the music school of the St Stanislaus Institute in Ljubljana.
 

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 6

9 Mar 19:30
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16 Feb 19:30

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 5

Conductor: Mihhail Gerts

Solist: Barbara Jernejčič Fürst, mezzo-soprano

Program:
Franz Schubert, Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus
Overture
Interlude No. 3
Interlude No. 1
Alban Berg, Seven Early Songs
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Hans Rott, Symphony No. 1 in E major



One of the most influential composers of early Romanticism, Franz Schubert (1797-1828) perfected many genres, from solo songs and piano miniatures to symphonies. Schubert’s contribution to musical theatre should not be overlooked, either. His music for the play Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus, by German poet and playwright Helmina von Chézy, was performed for the first time in 1823. Today, it is Schubert’s music that has survived on stage rather than the play itself. At the present concert, we present a selection of three excerpts from the music.

Slovenian mezzo-soprano Barbara Jernejčič Fürst (1972) is a distinguished concert soloist and singing teacher. As well as teaching solo singing at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, she collaborates with the Ljubljana Music Society and performs on the stages of the Flemish Opera in Ghent, the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet in Ljubljana and Maribor, the Vienna Chamber Opera, Theater an der Wien, and so on. As a soloist, she will present the Seven Early Songs, a collection of solo songs with orchestral accompaniment by Alban Berg (1885-1935). The songs were written during Berg’s studies with Arnold Schoenberg, the great music innovator and leading representative of the Second Viennese School, to which Berg also belongs.

The Symphony in E major is a youthful work and the only completed symphony by Austrian composer Hans Rott (1858-1884), who made a strong impression on his famous contemporary Gustav Mahler. The latter once commented that Rott was “a musical genius who died unrecognised on the verge of his career”. It will be performed by Mihhail Gerts (1984), an Estonian conductor who has achieved international acclaim with performances with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Since 2015, he has served as the permanent conductor of the Hagen Theatre.
 

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 5

16 Feb 19:30
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1 Dec 19:30

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 4

Conductor and soloist: Lio Kuokman

Program:
George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue
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Aaron Copland, Symphony No. 3


American George Gershwin (1898-1937) takes his place in the history of music as one of the first composers to combine classical music with jazz. He created symphonic jazz, lay the foundations for American opera, and with his contributions to film music enriched the jazz repertoire with countless hits. His most frequently performed compositions are the orchestral works An American in Paris and the Cuban Overture, the opera Porgy and Bess, and above all, Rhapsody in Blue for piano and orchestra. The latter was premiered in 1924 at a concert entitled An Experiment in Modern Music, where it was received with enthusiastic applause. It has been considered one of the most iconic works of American classical music ever since.

Aaron Copland (1900-1990) was a composer and conductor whose creative work is considered by many to be the most distinctively “American”. In his stylistically eclectic, accessible and picturesque works, he captured the spirit of his homeland, the beauty of America and the optimism, pride and curiosity of its inhabitants. In addition to powerful orchestral scores such as Appalachian Spring and Fanfare for the Common Man, which make up the bulk of his oeuvre, Copland also created a handful of works for voice and piano. The last of his symphonies, the Third Symphony, was composed in 1946 and displays a lyrical nature and lavish orchestration.

Lio Kuokman (1982), artistic director of the Macau Music Festival and resident conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, will perform as both conductor and piano soloist. Kuokman studied at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the Juilliard School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory.

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 4

1 Dec 19:30
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17 Nov 19:30

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 3

Conductor: Ville Matvejeff

Solist: Martina Filjak, piano

Program:
Nina Šenk, Sence tišine
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Edward Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 
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Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52
 

The programme begins with the first Slovenian performance of the recent composition Sence tišine (Shadows of Stillness) by Slovenian composer Nina Šenk (1982), who has established herself internationally with performances of works at prestigious festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival, Young Euro Classic Berlin, Musica Viva Munich, the Takefu Festival, the Ljubljana Festival, the Slowind Festival, the Slovenian Music Days, the ISCM World Music Days, the World Saxophone Congress, and so on. Her works are performed by orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, as well as by the ensembles InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, the London Sinfonietta, the Slowind Wind Quintet, MD7, DC8, and so on.

One of the most prominent and still most popular composers of Romanticism was Edward Grieg (1843-1907), who raised Norwegian classical music to a European level. Among his most famous works are the stage music for Henrik Ibsen’s drama Peer Gynt and the Holberg Suite, but undoubtedly also his only concerto, the Piano Concerto in A minor. The latter will be performed by Croatian pianist Martina Filjak (1978), whose triumph at the International Piano Competition in Cleveland in 2009 brought her recognition and opened the path to international success.

The programme will conclude with the Third Symphony by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), who was Finland’s greatest classical composer. On this occasion, the orchestra will perform under the baton of a conductor who is well known to our audience, celebrated Finnish conductor Ville Matvejeff (1986), who, among other positions, has served as the conductor of the Malmö Opera and the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. He is currently the principal guest conductor of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka, and since 2015, he has also served as the artistic director of the oldest Finnish classical music festival, the Turku Music Festival.

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 3

17 Nov 19:30
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22 Sep 19:30

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 1

Conductor: Rossen Milanov

Soloists: 
Oskar Laznik, saxophone
Simon Klavžar, percussion

Program:
Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga,Overture in D major, Op. 20
Matej Bonin, Eppur si muove IV, Concerto for alto saxophone, solo percussion and symphony orchestra
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Hector Berlioz,  Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14


The new season of Kromatika opens under the baton of our chief conductor, Bulgarian conductor and oboist Rossen Milanov (1965). The orchestra will be joined by the outstanding Slovenian saxophonist Oskar Laznik (1987), who is an internationally renowned concert soloist and a lecturer at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet, and percussionist Simon Klavžar (1987), who is a respected chamber musician and lecturer at both the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet and the Ljubljana Academy of Music.

The programme gets off to a fitting start with the joyful and temperamental Overture by the Basque composer Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (1806–1826), who is often referred to as the “Spanish Mozart”. Even as a child, he displayed a great deal of talent for music, but his promising career was cut short by his untimely death. He nonetheless left a fascinating oeuvre, which is often overlooked today outside the Iberian Peninsula.

Oskar Laznik and Simon Klavžar will perform the concerto Eppur si muove IV by Slovenian composer Matej Bonin (1986). Supported by the sound of the orchestra, these three members of the same generation will combine their creative energies in a work in which Bonin re-examines the position of the exposed soloist and the degree to which a composer can blur the seemingly self-evident hierarchy between orchestra and soloist.

The second half of the concert is dedicated to one of the most distinctive and influential works of the entire orchestral repertoire, Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869).
 

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - Kromatika 1

22 Sep 19:30
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4 Sep 19:30

Reinhold Messner: Live!

Multi-vision lecture

Lecture starting points: How much unlimited space does a child need? How important to survival are fear, egotism and instinct? Insatiable curiosity or egoism? Reinhold Messner will unreservedly and openly reveal the quintessence of his life and speak about his pursuit of values such as courage, passion and responsibility. He will discuss ambition and shame, nightmares and the inevitability of ageing, new beginnings, and the strength to come to terms with one’s own mortality.


The lecture will be presented in English with simultaneous translation into Slovenian.
 


 

Reinhold Messner: Live!

4 Sep 19:30
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In cooperation with the Messner Mountain Movie GmbH Bolzano


Donor: Pivovarna Laško Union d.o.o.

20% discount on sets of tickets for all three (different) films and the multi-vison lecture 
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