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THE LAST CONCERT WAS SAVED BY STAR MAESTRO DARIO SALVI AND YOUNG LUKA LJUBAS
May 31, 2019
ZAGREB PHILHARMONIC Changed program - unconventional but successful performance on Saturday in Lisinski.
The last concert was saved by star maestro Dario Salvi and young Luka Ljubas
Written by: Jagoda Martinčević
Instead of announced maestro Dmitrij Kirajenko in grand final of the season of the Zagreb Philharmonic, on May 31st the Anglo-Italian conductor Dario Salvi was in charge of the orchestra with a changed program, but not the complete orchestra, because the part of it was, on the same evening circa 200 metres away, beside the Fountains, performing the concert with Miroslav Škoro and thousand tamburitzas.
This also probably lead to changes, and to the confusion with the evening programme. There was written one Mozart symphony (#41) and was performed another (#40); but all that in the Lisinski Hall this evening was good and fun, better to say unusual, because if you were trying to find more picturesque conductor then Salvi, it will be hard to find.
Slim, and from the audience seemed very tall. The conductor is certainly the most astonishing phenomenon that has emerged recently with us. Real ballet master of the conductors button, with big gestures, very expressive, sometimes with theatrical mimicry in communication with the orchestra, he was excellent in transferring his ideas to the orchestra. And these ideas were obviously dictated by his own taste, but also close to the taste of the audience.
TOP TECHNIQUE The concuctor was the real star of the evening, if we don't count our young 23 years old violinist Luka Ljubas, which fascinated all audience with virtousity in the Introduction and Rondo capriccioso op.28 from Camille Saint Saens. Born and trained in Vienna, from croatian-japanese family, young Ljubas is well known to the Zagreb audience with several performances of Brahms and Tchaikovsky violin concerts. He is already going very fast in the world, and in Vienna a place for him is waiting at the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. With top technique he plays on the Guadanini (1783-85) instrument, which has on the permanent loan from the Beare's International Violin Society, which is really recognition to his talent.
Salvi and Ljubas made a great interpretation, with tempi and dynamics, of the short but demanding piece, while the rest of the program belongs to the picturesque conductor, who is beside that a musicologist and researcher of unknown and rare music of old and neglected composers, operettas and more than that. Part of his inclinations he showed in the first contemporary performace of 'Romilda & Constanza' overture, once well known and today neglected opera master Giacomo Meyerbeer, as well as the great overture 'Mozart' from Franz von Suppe – real firework of the master's opera themes and motives.
GENERAL SATISFACTION There was three movements from the known repertoire piece The Midsummer Night's Dream from Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and at the end instead of announced Mozart Symphony Jupiter was performed Symphony G minor, KV 550. Dario Salvi maybe doesn't belong to the declared conductors champions, but his conductors ear is sharp, gestures ample but correct, the taste properly variegated, collaboration with the orchestra fun, and the result excellent. And at the end all finish with pleasure! And to the audience in the Lisinski hall and to the audience for Škoro by the Fountains!
DISCOVER MEYERBEER'S "SACRED WORKS", ARRANGED BY DARIO SALVI, ON THE NAXOS LABEL
January 17, 2019 | Stretto
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) is known for his lush, historic operas, making him world famous in Paris. Born in Tasdorf near Rüdersdorf/Berlin, the Jewish musician was one of the most successful and most performed opera composers in Europe during his lifetime. The Fürstenwalder soprano Andrea Chudak, pianist/organist Jakub Sawicki and the Neue Preußische Philharmonie, present a completely different Meyerbeer. They present a CD with his religious compositions.
Original article in German
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