Croatian baroque masters performed in St. Donat

Friday, 31. July 2015.

July has already passed its half, but 55th Musical Evenings in St Donat just started to boil. Last night, Church of St Donat was resounding for the first time this season with Baroque sounds of soloists of Croatian Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Laura Vadjon, artistic director and concert master. The biggest and most important Croatian baroque ensemble presented this year’s project under the name “from both sides of Adriatic”. Thus, programme consisted of compositions by Italian and Croatian masters G. Usper, V. Jelić, A. Corelli, T. Cecchini, G. Puliti and A. Vivaldi. Carefully composed programme was going in crescendo just to reach its peak with Vivaldi. The dynamic of concert was made with alternation of instrumental quartet (violinist L. Vadjon and T. Tortić, bassoon player M. Smolčić and harpsichord player K. Haas) and duo (soprano I. Lazar and harpsichord player K. Haas).

Those outstanding musicians presented peak of historically informed interpretation of Baroque music playing on the original instruments (or accurate replicas), pulling out the logic of Baroque music with precise, clear and deliberate playing and above all playing with delight. K. Haas gave constant support with harmonically luscious accompaniment on the harpsichord thus contributing to the magnificent sound of baroque ensemble. He showed how important it is to have high-quality basso continuo for baroque ensemble. I. Lazar delighted with warm and rounded voice as the “nightingale” which emphasized competing in virtuosity with violins. Unbelievable speed in Vivaldi’s Laudate pueri dominum surprised the audience. In that last composition, violist I. Jakšeković joined the ensemble. Those excellent musicians were performing for more than an hour in monumental Rotonde proving the peak in performance of Baroque music.

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From: Donat Festival, 31/7/2015

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