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BLAGOJE, Bersa (1873 - 1934)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 1


  • Goran Filipec, piano

In his orchestral music, Croatian composer Blagoje Bersa absorbed stylistic traits from contemporaries such as Strauss and Mahler, but his piano music reveals a rich diversity drawn from Classical models. His art encompasses charming Chopinesque barcarolles, a melancholic Notturno, a stirring Liszt-inspired Fantaisie-Impromptu, beautiful balletic miniatures and the Brahmsian grandeur of the powerfully conceived Sonata No. 2 in F minor.

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Tracklist

1
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 20 (1897) (00:11:36)
2
Na žalu (At the strand) (1921) (00:03:36)
3
Notturno, Op. 38 (1903) (00:04:44)
4
Ora triste, Op. 37 (1903) (00:05:08)
5
Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 27 (1899) * (00:03:58)
6
Ballabile (1894) (00:01:31)
7
Bagatella, Op. 16 (1897) * (00:06:48)
 
Po načinu starih airs de ballet (Airs de ballet in the Old Way) (1926) (00:09:05 )
8
No. 1. Fantasia breve: Grave - Andante (00:02:58)
9
No. 2. Scherzo: Vivo (00:02:19)
10
No. 3. L’Heure de rêveries: Grave (00:03:47)
11
Marcia trionfale, Op. 24 (1898) * (00:09:06)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:55:31

The Artist

Goran Filipec

Goran Filipec studied at the Academy Ino Mirkovich, Croatia, the Cologne Musikhochschule, the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He has performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, including the Auditorium di Milano, The Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Budapest Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, as well as in Japan, South America and the USA. He is a laureate of several piano competitions, including the Concorso Internazionale Franz Liszt – Premio Mario Zanfi (Italy), Concurso de Piano Parnassos (Mexico) and the José Iturbi International Music Competition (USA) among others.

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Reviews

“…Bersa couldn’t have sought a better prophet for his piano music than Filipec” – Fanfare

Limelight

“Croatian composer proves a truly exciting discovery.” – Limelight

Gramophone

“…Goran Filipec’s performances…basically left me stunned and speechless from the first notes, and I’m still recovering!.. I cannot recommend this release highly enough” – Gramophone