F. Liszt, G. Mahler
CNT Split Orchestra: Celebrating Liszt and Mahler
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major
Gustav Mahler: The Symphony No. 4 in G major
Liszt and Mahler – wide Romanticism range of sound
Celebrating Liszt and Mahler Concert is supposed to celebrate two huge jubilees: 200th birth anniversary of Hungarian composer and piano player Franz Liszt and 100th death commemoration of Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler.
Besides making a nice contribution to two prominent romanticists this concert offers wide Romanticism ranges of sound: from a certain chamber atmosphere of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, where you can still feel the echoes of Beethoven’s touch, to the voluminous glory of Mahler’s strengthened instrumental ensemble in his Symphony No.4 in G major, where (besides his other symphony works) he treasured note and harmony seeds for further music generations of Schönberg and Stravinsky in the twentieth century. Gustav Mahler is a regular in Split due to his movement Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, while this is his first appearance after the grandiose and pompous Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) performed at Peristyle in 1994 conducted by the same maestro Nikša Bareza.
Croatian National Theater Split Symphony Orchestra performs together with the piano player Kemal Gekić, while Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 is performed by a young soloist Ivana Lazar.
Nikša Bareza (Split, 1936) is a Croatian conductor who has been conducting for more than thirty years in the biggest European opera houses and concert halls and since 1992 he has been a chief conductor of Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra. Since 2001 he has been a chief conductor of Robert Schumann Opera and Philharmonics in Chemnitz. Many of his performances at the Split Summer Festival together with the Croatian National Theater Split Opera Ensemble will remain a legend of Croatian music creation.
Bareza has won numerous national and international awards and recognitions. He won a Johann Fux Austrian baroque composer award. He won it immediately after the award had been established as a first winner for his contribution to music art in Austria. His work with Philharmonics and Opera was rewarded by the City of Graz Award, while in Croatia he has won all the prestigious awards for his music work like Vladimir Nazor, Milka Trnina, Judita (three times), Josip Slavenski, discography award Porin and many others.
Kemal Gekić is a Croatian – American piano player. He was born to the musician family in Split. At first music was his hobby and only in 1977 he started a piano study at the Zagreb Music Academy. Next year he was studying piano at the Novi Sad Art Academy with the Professor Jokut Mihailović. After graduating (in 1983) he worked as a professor at the same Academy until 1999. Two years after his graduation he obtained his Master degree and the big success at the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He has a huge international career and today he teaches piano at the Florida International University.
Ivana Lazar is a Croatian soprano opera singer. She graduated opera singing at the Zagreb Music Academy with the professor Mira Zidarić – Orešković and obtained her Master degree with the Professor Lidija Horvat Dunjko. She participated in master courses of Dunja Vejzović, Konrad Richter and Olivera Miljaković. She has performed with all big Croatian orchestras and as a guest in Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Ireland, Egypt, Argentina and Bolivia. She has been a member of Zagreb Opera since 2010 with numerous roles in the classic opera repertoire.
Conductor Nikša Bareza
Soloists: Kemal Gekić (piano), Ivana Lazar (soprano)