MUNICH RADIO ORCHESTRA
BAVARIAN RADIO CHOIR
KRISTINA KOLAR, soprano
MARIJA KUHAR ŠOŠA, soprano
ANNIKA SCHLICHT, mezzo-soprano
ERIC LAPORTE, tenor
MATIJA MEIĆ, baritone
LJUBOMIR PUŠKARIĆ, baritone
MARTINA FILJAK, piano
IVAN REPUŠIĆ, conductor
I. Kuljerić: Croatian Glagolitic Requiem for Soloists, Mixed Choir and Symphony Orchestra
L. van Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 3 in C. major, Op. 72a
L. van Beethoven: Choral Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 80
Big Comeback of Croatian-German Dream Team to Lisinski Hall!
With their last year's splendid performance of choral excerpts and opera overtures on the stage of Lisinski Hall, the Munich Radio Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Choir under one of Croatia's most important conductors of the new generation, Ivan Repušić, certainly deserved to come back again soon! Maestro Repušić is a big favourite with Croatian and international audiences. He is known for his cheerful spirit and passionate approach to music pieces. He particularly stands out as a great promoter of Croatian music in the world, so that works by prominent Croatian composers are frequently included in the programme of his concerts.
“I wasn't the only one in the audience who started crying. And when conductor Ivan Repušić turned to the audience, he was also wiping tears. The Germans understood why both the audience and their new principal conductor were emotional. But it wasn't just a one-time gesture”, Branimir Pofuk wrote, moved by last year's spectacle that Repušić gave the visitors of the Saturday at Lisinski cycle.
This time, he is bringing a work of one of the most significant Croatian composers of the 20th century – Igor Kuljerić – to the stage of Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall. It is the Croatian Glagolitic Requiem for Soloists, Mixed Choir and Symphony, that is, a requiem to a Glagolitic text, which we can definitely consider an anthological piece of Croatian music. The Croatian Glagolitic Requiem was written in 1995. As the composer himself said, it was the result of his “own deep desire and need to put to sound something that I have been hearing, listening to and carrying in myself since my early youth, when Glagolitic rituals had peculiar echo in my head”. Next on the programme are Beethoven's Leonora Overture No. 3, a music symbol of freedom, a dramatic piece for orchestra, and the Choral Fantasy in C minor, in which prominent Croatian pianist Martina Filjak will join the musicians on the stage. “With her both passionate and lyrical playing and technical perfection, she regularly delights the international public and critics as an ‘artist of galvanizing power’ with ‘magnetic stage presence’”. First-rate music, artists and performance in the first-rate Saturday at Lisinski cycle – on the occasion of Croatia's presidency of the Council of Europe!
A cooperation between the City of Zagreb, Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and Bayerischer Rundfunk.