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Dejan Lazic: Istrian Rhapsody | BR Klassik 900332

Dejan Lazic: Istrian Rhapsody

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Label: BR Klassik

Cat No: 900332

Barcode: 4035719003321

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 16th June 2023

Contents

Artists

Dejan Lazic (piano)
Stjepan Veckovic (sopila)
The Choir of the Croatian Radio and Television
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Ivan Repusic

Works

Devcic, Natko

Istrian Suite

Lazic, Dejan

Alterations on the Istrian Folk Anthem, op.29
Piano Concerto in Istrian Style, op.18

Ronjgov, Ivan Matetic

Istrian Folk Anthem 'Draga nam je zemlja'

Artists

Dejan Lazic (piano)
Stjepan Veckovic (sopila)
The Choir of the Croatian Radio and Television
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Ivan Repusic

About

The folk music of the Croatian peninsula of Istria is as characteristic as it is extraordinary. Its melodies, harmonies and rhythms are unique, and sonorously expressed by the sopila – a traditional shawm instrument – as well as through choral singing and folk dances. The music with its asymmetrical rhythms is based on the so-called "pentatonic Istrian scale", which consists of major and minor seconds and is thus clearly different from the other musical styles of Croatia. Numerous non-Istrian musicians and composers have been fascinated by it – among them the Croatian composer Natko Devčić, with his Istrian Suite for  orchestra (1946), or the young Croatian pianist and composer Dejan Lazić with his Concerto in Istrian Style for Piano and Orchestra, op.18 (2014/2021) or his Alterations on the Istrian Folk Hymn, op.29 (2022).

Natko Devčić was one of Croatia's most important composers and music educators, leaving a lasting impression on subsequent generations of musicians. His most lasting success as a composer came with his Istrian Suite for orchestra from 1946, which uses Istrian folk music as a source of inspiration and as a link between Slavic late Romanticism and the avant-garde.

Dejan Lazić’s five-movement Concerto in Istrian Style for Piano and Orchestra, op.18, is closely connected to Istrian music, with its melodies, harmonies and rhythms, and features the "Istrian scale" as well as the typical melodies played in thirds. The central movement of the concerto is an extended cadenza in which Lazić – who has already composed cadenzas for piano concertos by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and also arranged Brahms's Violin Concerto, op.77, for piano and orchestra – demonstrates his diverse experience in this field.

Lazić's Alterations on the Istrian Folk Hymn, op.29, were written for the present CD and are dedicated to the Munich Radio Orchestra and its principal conductor Ivan Repušić. The song "Draga nam je zemlja", composed by Ivan Matetić Ronjgov, was and continues to be sung as a folk hymn in Istria, and in his work Lazić has taken its melody as the basis for a theme and twelve variations with coda for orchestra.

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