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Lucijan Marija Škerjanc, Mařenka
Igor Stravinsky, Jeu de cartes
Camille Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78
As a festive introduction to the new season, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of the celebrated Swiss maestro Charles Dutoit. The award-winning conductor – recently, in 2017, he received the prestigious gold medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society – has been the principal guest conductor of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2018. Previously, he served as the artistic director and chief conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the artistic director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the musical director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, to name just a few of his most important positions. As a guest of many renowned orchestras, he has performed throughout the world and created a rich discography. He will open his appearance in Ljubljana with a performance of the choreographic symphonic poem Mařenka by Lucijan Marija Škerjanc. Written in 1940, the story follows the tragic fate of a girl from Vienna. The present performance forms part of the Slovenian Philharmonic’s tribute to the composer in the new season, marking the 120th anniversary of his birth. This is followed by Igor Stravinsky’s Jeu de cartes, which was written four years after Škerjanc’s work, and Camille Saint-Saëns’ famous Organ Symphony, which is dedicated to Franz Liszt, who died in the same year that this symphonic masterpiece was created.
Partners: Cankarjev dom, Festival Ljubljana
World-renowned cellist Luka Šulić has announced an exclusive concert. The artist, who is member of the 2CELLOS duo, is presenting his new project, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons for cello and orchestra, which received its world premiere this summer in Trieste, Italy.
Luka Šulić’s virtuosity and passion make him one of the most popular and acclaimed musicians on the international scale. He is the first cellist in the history of music to have performed all four concerti from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in an arrangement for unaccompanied cello.
The Ljubljana concert is the first stop on a world tour that will take Luka to some of the most prestigious music venues.
Robert Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Franz Schubert, Symphony No 7 in E Major, D 729
“A true collaboration – and music-making of the highest order.” The Guardian
American pianist Murray Perahia is one of those musical icons who impress with a combination of accomplished pianism, sophisticated tone and intense engagement with music. Highly adept at play-conducting, Perahia is recipient of two Grammy Awards and several Gramophone Awards. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as soloist and/or conductor.
One of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields is renowned for fresh and brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest orchestral music, producing a dazzling palette of sounds. In pursuit of continued excellence, the ensemble prides itself on remarkable musical homogeneity and an impressive discography (more than 500 titles). Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, violin virtuoso Joshua Bell has been shaping the ensemble’s modern-day direction alongside acclaimed guest soloists and conductors.
Each of the featured composers, whose works bear similarities in intimacy, passion and expressiveness, uniquely explored new possibilities of expression: while Schubert devised his own way towards reaching the greatness of Beethoven’s masterpieces, Schumann evaded mere virtuosity and applied symphonic dimensions to the form of a concerto.
Ian Bostridge, tenor
Ivo Gass, horn
Wolfgang A. Mozart, Divertimento for Strings in D Major, K 136
Antonín Dvořák, Nocturne in B Major for Strings, Op. 40
Edward Elgar, Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
Benjamin Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31
Antonín Dvořák, Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22
One of the most brilliant chamber orchestras that currently exist in the world.
The leading Swiss chamber ensemble, and one of Europe’s finest and most sought-after orchestras, Festival Strings Lucerne is renowned for its broad repertoire and stylistic precision. Popular with contemporary composers, the ensemble has premiered over a hundred new works, including compositions by the world’s biggest names (Martinů, Xenakis, Penderecki and Ruzicka). The orchestra, whose hallmarks are sonic unity, technical sophistication and brilliant tone, prides itself on being in possession of several specimens of strings made by the old Cremona masters.
The programme’s red thread is shrouded in mysterious nocturnal mists: both the entertaining and playful or meditative moods of the night. The highlight of the evening is Britten’s rarely performed Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, which reflects the composer’s sensitive appreciation of poetry – performed by British lyric tenor Ian Bostridge.
The sound of Bostridge’s tenor and his variety of vocal effects stun. His tone is warm and honeyed, particularly in his upper range.
For the purposes of acoustic enhancement, the concert will be performed in front of the iron curtain.
Soloist: Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Richard Strauss, Don Juan, tone poem, Op. 20
Edvard Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No 10 in E minor, Op. 93
Celebrating its centenary in 2019, the internationally renowned Oslo Philharmonic is acclaimed for its cathartic musical vision and sonic brilliance. “Gramophone Artist of the Year 2017,” Vasily Petrenko is known for his great breadth of knowledge and total dedication. The charismatic Russian maestro was appointed Oslo Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor in 2013. The orchestra’s convincing, technically superb and sophisticated musical performances stem from the strong affinity among the musicians.
A leading pianist of his generation, Leif Ove Andsnes has been enchanting audiences with his superior technique, compelling interpretations and sensitivity. He is recipient of several prestigious awards, most recently the 2015 BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year (for the extensive The Beethoven Journey volumes) and was Artist in Residence at the New York Philharmonic in the 2017/18 season.
Overflowing with violent emotions, the programme juxtaposes Strauss’ dramatic, in many ways revolutionary, tone poem, Grieg’s youthful masterpiece that impressed even the discriminating Liszt, and Shostakovich’s heart-rending depiction of life in the USSSR under dictator Stalin.
A pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight
The New York Times
Grandmaster of Piano
Programme to be announced in January 2020
Technically, Grigory Sokolov is impeccable, he is a master of agogics and phrasing, dynamics and colours. But all of this is hardly noticeable, so simple and unpretentious is his playing. No antics, no ostentation, no wilful fashion-dependent interpretations.
Grigory Sokolov’s beautifully expressive tone and emotional force never fail to astonish the legendary pianist’s loyal audiences across the globe. The critics are at a loss for words with which to describe the musical genius of this mysterious artist. With a seemingly effortless ease, Sokolov plays an extensive and stylistically variegated repertoire, investing it with deeply felt sensitivity and unparalleled insight, rendering ever new interpretations of a piece.
The approach to music-making of this relentlessly dedicated artist is radical: focusing exclusively on solo recitals, Sokolov selects a seasonal programme, which he then performs wherever he appears. He never falls into a routine – each concert is a unique experience co-shaped by the inspiration of the pianist, the atmosphere of the venue and the energy of the listeners. While unable to predict his preferences for next spring, we can reveal that Sokolov dedicated summer 2019 to Brahms’ Piano Pieces Op. 118 and 119, as well as Beethoven’s early Piano Sonata Op. 2/3 and Eleven Bagatelles.
Johannes Brahms, Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
Franz Liszt, Transcendental Étude No 11, “Harmonies du Soir”
Franz Liszt, Transcendental Étude No 4, “Mazeppa”
Frederic Chopin, Barcarola in F Sharp Major, Op. 60
Aleksander Skrjabin, Two Poems, Op. 32
Olivier Messiaen, Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus, No 15 (The kiss of the Infant Jesus)
Béla Bartók, Out of Doors, suite
One of the most important figures in modern European pianism. He has a perfect understanding of how to balance timbre and dynamics, subtlety and full-out playing, control and fervour.
His strength lies in the originality and creativity of his interpretation. It is based on tradition, but goes well beyond the traditional confines of music.
Aleksander Gadjiev is one of the few Slovenian musicians who have garnered lavish praise from the international music community. The turning point in his international career was the first prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Japan, 2015), whose jury included Marta Argerich, the first lady of the piano. Gadjiev has solidified his reputation by winning the prestigious Piano Masters Monte Carlo competition (2018).
The contemplatively inquisitive musician who possesses great breadth of mind and cultural erudition has been delighting critics and audiences alike with his technical prowess and interpretive acumen. Selected with imaginativeness and musical insight, unconventional repertoire is a distinguishing aspect of his glittering career. At this concert, the artist will delve into Haydn’s masterful magnificence, Brahms’ absorbed introspection, Liszt’s coherent monumentality, as well as Messiaen’s meditativeness and Bartók’s radical simplicity.
Sergej Ćetković is one of the region’s most popular singers whose music especially appeals to female sensitivities. After a string of sold-out concerts Sergej is performing in Ljubljana and Cankarjev dom for the very first time.
This intimate concert will feature the bulk of singer-songwriter’s greatest hits, which include Pogledi u tami, Korov, Oči nikad ne stare and many others.
Released in March, his latest song Ljubav has a special place in his career. Music and lyrics for this beautiful ballad were written by Sergej (arr. Marko Milatović and Vladan Popović Pop).
Whilst modest by nature, the musician who has been in the limelight for over two decades enjoys the status of a pop star. His concerts ooze charm, being a fountain of indescribable positive energy. More often than not Sergej’s unforgettable concerts – sold out months in advance – resemble one big dance floor.
Alojz Srebotnjak, Naturae vox – Klic narave
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73, “Emperor”
The Orange Subscription Series will conclude with soloist Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak, a legend of Slovenian pianism, in one of the last appearances of her 75-year concert career. She gave her first recital at the age of five, and in 1955 was selected as the greatest musical talent in the USA in the age group 12–16 years. When she was 17, she graduated from the celebrated Juilliard School in New York with two special prizes. Her magnificent pianistic journey, encompassing more than five thousand concerts, has led her to the world’s most prestigious concert venues on all of the continents and has brought collaboration with numerous eminent conductors.
Honoured as emeritus professor of the Ljubljana Academy of Music, her recordings have been released on nearly a hundred CDs. On celebrating her 80th jubilee, she will bid farewell to the subscription series audience in the company of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, with which she has been collaborating for some sixty years. Under the baton of Simon Krečič, she will perform two of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos with the orchestra. Piano Concerto in G major surprises the listener with the solo piano’s presentation of the central motif before the orchestral introduction. The apex of Beethoven’s five piano concertos is his last work in this genre, Piano Concerto in E flat major, which, with its fiery virtuosity and symphonic dimensions, fully deserves the title “Emperor”.
The programme begins with the composition Naturae vox - Klic narave by one of the most prominent Slovenian composers, Alojz Srebotnjak, the late life companion of Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak. He studied composition with Lucijan Marija Škerjanc before furthering his studies abroad, drawing attention to himself early on with his exceptional sense for vocals and expressiveness. The composer matured with the express goal of “declaring his own inner being”.
Orange 8: The Emperor
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