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4 seasons for 3 pianos

Antonio VivALdi

 

Matej Meštrović piano

Matija Dedić piano

Hakan Ali Toker piano

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

Navona Records proudly presents 4 SEASONS FOR 3 PIANOS, a whirlwind transcription of Vivaldi’s masterful string concertos by Croatian pianist and composer Matej Meštrović. Performing with Hakan A. Toker and Matija Dedić on three pianos (and accordion), Meštrović thoroughly reimagines the four concertos, his work exceeding that of a normal transcription.  The collection, in such a radical new form, becomes almost a whole new work.

 

Despite this, Meštrović’s version of this piece is, ironically, historically informed in its own way. Vivaldi’s Venice was part of a republic that spread from the Italian city, across Dalmatia (present-day Croatia), to the borders of the Ottoman Empire in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina. Just as this Venice of the past was a crossroads of cultural influences, so is Meštrović’s conception of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. He imbues his piece with flavors of the region, from Romani to Turkish culture. Meštrović even sends Vivaldi farther into the future, bringing The Four Seasons into contact with Mozart’s Turkish interests—Mozart’s famous Sonata No. 16 in C even appears in an unexpected detour. Throughout the re-imagined work, the three performers leave their own distinct touches. In the slow movement of Summer, Meštrović is front and center with a nostalgic waltz. Elsewhere, Toker improvises a whirlwind of virtuosic melody. Dedić transforms the slow movement of Winter into a jazzy meditation. Jazzy elements also surface in the transcription of the famous opening movement of Spring, transforming it into a wild, joyous romp through Vivaldi’s masterful music.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Matej Meštrović is an eclectic and versatile composer, having written a large body of works ranging from chamber and orchestral concert music to music for television, theatre, and film. Meštrović’s albums include Zvuci Velebita, Eat Suite (which won a 2014 Independent Music award), and My Face Music Book (which won the 2016 Classical Album of the Year and Runner-Up Overall Album of the Year on SoloPiano.com).

 

Meštrović is one of the most prominent artists in his native Croatia, holding a City of Zagreb award. At age sixteen, he became the youngest composer ever to have a work performed at the Croatian Days Festival. For two consecutive years, he has presented a work for the opening ceremony of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, featuring orchestra, double choir, percussion ensemble, and over 200 dancers.

 

Meštrović is an active pianist. He was an early pioneer of Croatian New Age music, which involved a performance with harpist Georgia Kelly at the Zagreb Music Biennale. Recently, he performed in the opening ceremony of the European University Games in Zagreb. Meštrović also arranges piano parts on the pianist Maksim Mrvica’s albums, and is an active director of documentaries and travel films.

 

Hakan A. Toker is one of the world’s most prominent performers of Turkish music on the piano. He has performed in 27 countries, collaborating with groups as diverse as orchestras and jugglers. He has participated in jazz concerts, musical-comedy shows, and as instrumentalist in music for silent films. In 2013, he was given the “Our Living Treasures” award by the First Mersin Cultural Festival committee.

 

Jazz pianist Matija Dedić has performed internationally with names such as Alvin Queen and Antonio Sanchez. In July 2002, he performed at France’s Montreux Jazz Festival. With the album Octopussy, he received “Best Author” and “Best Jazz Newcomer” awards from the Croatian Composers Society.

 

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Release Date: August 11, 2017

Catalog #: NV6114

 

 

TRACK LISTING

 

Antonio VivALdi & Matej Meštrović

 

Matej Meštrović Piano   Matija Dedić Piano   Hakan Ali Toker PIANO/ACCORDION

 

01  Spring ( La Primavera ) / Allegro

 

02 Spring ( La Prinavera ) / Largo e pianissimo sempre

 

03  Spring ( La Prinavera ) / Allegro

 

04  Summer ( L’ Estate ) / Allegro non molto - Allegro

 

05  Summer ( L’ Estate ) / Adagio - Presto - Adagio

Matej Meštrović solo piano

 

06  Summer ( L’ Estate ) / Presto

Hakan Ali Toker solo piano

 

07  Autumn ( L’Autunno ) / Allegro - Allegro assai

 

08 Autumn ( L’Autunno ) / Adagio molto

 

09 Autumn ( L’Autunno ) / Allegro

 

10  Winter ( L’Ineverno ) / Allegro non molto

 

11 Winter ( L’Ineverno ) / Largo

Matija Dedić solo piano

 

12  Winter ( L’Ineverno ) / Allegro

 

 

All movements arranged by Matej Meštrović, except

no. 06 - Summer ( L' Estate ) / Presto - Arranged and recorded solo by Hakan Ali Toker;

no. 11 Winter ( L'Ineverno ) / Largo - Arranged and recorded solo by Matija Dedić

 

 

CREDITS

 

Recorded February 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb / Croatia

 

Recording Session Assistant Mario Mavrin

Recording Session Engineer Emir Alitć

Editing Matej Meštrović

Producer Matej Meštrović

Mixing Emir Altić

 

Mixed at Croatian Radiotelevision Studio 4, at Solid State Logic Duality SE

Piano Tuner Zlatko Pavlinić

 

Matej Meštrović plays Yamaha C7

Matija Dedić plays Bösendorfer Conservatory 200

Hakan Ali Toker plays Bösendorfer Standard 225, and Dallape Accordion

 

Special thanks

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb,  Euro-Unit Croatia,

SBS Croatia and City of Zagreb Office for education, culture and sports

 

Artwork - Emily Roulo - synesthesia series

 

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Chris Robinson

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Engineering Manager Lucas Paquette

Design & Marketing Director Brett Picknell

Design Emily Roulo

 

 

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