Bought in March 2016.
First listen: 22-3-2016.
Second listen: 11-11-2016.
Recording dates: May/June 2013.
Recording venue: Small Hall of Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Zagreb.
Recording engineer: Bernhard Hanke.
Running time: 67:45.
Classical relevance: Essential music.
Concerto for Piano & String orchestra No. 2.
Sinfonietta for String orchestra, opus 79.
Pintarichiana for String orchestra..
Oliver Triendl, Piano.
Zagreb Soloists, Sreten Krstic.
A great and unknown composer to me. I saw a year ago the announcement of this release and received a positive review about it, but I never got as far as to buy it. Eventually it landed on my desk. And I am greatly surprised by the uniqueness of the music, and wondering why this composer was utterly forgotten. The booklet gives a lot of info on his life and working conditions, the explanation of his music is as always with CPO too technical and not understandable for the average music lover.
The music came as a huge and pleasant surprise. This composer is versatile, and I mean really versatile! He wrote in every imaginable style and all genres which such a creativity and bordering on the geniality, that I regularly had to take a deep gasp. He moves from one end of the scale to the other which such ease and fantasy, that he shames many a composer from his time and after. You may name any emotions or descriptions in your fantasy, and you will find it back in the music, with all the colours and magic you can conjure. This man has more than 450 compositions to his name, and if the present disc is anything to go on, he certainly is one of the very greats. His orchestrations are sublime and his voice unique. His creativity is sheer boundless. There is not a single moment of boredom in his music, just sample the second movement "Andantino con moto from his Concerto for Piano and String orchestra, which is sheer magic or the second movement of the Sinfonietta, "Elegia", is so beautiful it almost hurts my heart. And then the Neo Baroque influences from Pintarichiana, very captivating and exhilarating. I am still flabbergasted by the music. The recording and performance are first rate. Due to the fact that his musical estate is not completely accessible, there is little in the way to be recorded.
Absolutely recommended! Do not miss this.