CD Beethoven / Brahms
This disc resulted from the Quartet’s wish to make a lasting recording of the their Cycle of chamber music concerts in the Belgrade Philharmonic Concert Hall, immediately after completing the cycle, at the end of June 2014.
The concert season 2013/14 was a great challenge for the four of us. In addition to the roles of Don Quichotte and Sancho Pansa performed by Aleksandar and Boris as soloists in Strauss’s masterpiece, at the concert closing the mentioned season, we were intensely dedicated to music for the quartet.
Our project Quartet+1 was released and very soon sold out as an official cycle of five chamber music concerts of the Belgrade Philharmonic. In this avenue, we presented carefully selected pages of the quartet repertoire and also a selection of quintets for two violas, with clarinet, voice and piano, by our favourite composers:Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Franck, Webern, Respighi, Lekeu and Verdi. To our joy, and to the joy of our audience, our friends joined us in our endeavour: bariton Atila Mokuš, clarinetist Ognjen Popović, pianist Svetlana Jovanović-Brezovac and violist Branko Kabadaić.
Owing to the support of the Zubin Mehta Belgrade Philharmonic Foundation, our company’s production, management, PR unit and programme organiser and owing to the great experience of the producer, recording supervisor and engineer Jacob Handel, this recording of the Beethoven String Quartet Op. 74 Harp and the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, with the participation of our colleague and friend Ognjen Popović, became a reality.
To mark a current moment of a chamber ensemble in their prime and, for all that in the act of performing a repertoire, which they excellently understand and love very much – is already a remarkable achievement. If you add thereto the fact that the whole project is taking place here and now, and that it was indeed crowned with a CD release from the sphere of high art, it makes all this even more amazing and miraculous at the same time. Because, releasing an album with refined interpretations of Beethoven’s and Brahms’s musical pieces, means for the Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet much more – a discography unit of integrity, and another step for even more serious projects of theirs, but also an archway for a whole community of listeners of classical music, especially for lovers of the chamber volume. To add to this the presence of Ognjen Popović, whose clarinet we cannot simply forget here. For that reason, you should grab this CD, as soon as possible, any way you can and know how.