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Balkan Fever - The Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project: Music of Georges Enescu and Zoltan Kodály

Album Summary

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Roumanian Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra in A major, Op. 11/1
>Stefanovic, Vlatko : Iovka Komarovka, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
>Spassov, Theodosii : Strange Occasion, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
>Stefanovic, Vlatko : Koljo, traditional Macedonian songs and dances for 2 guitars & kaval
>Spassov, Theodosii : Say Bob, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
>Spassov, Theodosii : Eleno, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
>Spassov, Theodosii : Kite, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
>Spassov, Theodosii : Yunus Emre, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
>Spassov, Theodosii : Scherzo, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
>Spassov, Theodosii : Fire Feast, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
>Stefanovic, Vlatko : Kalajdzisko Oro, for 2 guitars & kaval
>Spassov, Theodosii : Gipsy Dance, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Kristjan Järvi and French label Naïve launch the Kristjan Järvi Sound Project. This original recording series presents the charismatic conductor's extensive classical, world music and jazz collaborations, while capturing the essence of this vibrant and original musical personality. The Kristjan Järvi Sound Project spans Järvi's prolific musical output with an ambitious release schedule over several years. Recordings will reflect all of Kristjan Järvi's activities, from Music Director of MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, to the Baltic Youth Philharmonic (BYP) and his acclaimed classical-world-hip-hop-jazz group, Absolute Ensemble. As a creative force on today's music scene, Järvi is known for his innovative classical music programs and instinctive vision for cross-genre collaborations. The first album on the Kristjan Järvi Sound Project is Balkan Fever. The brainchild of Kristjan Järvi, Balkan Fever features the vibrant colours of folk-influenced orchestral pieces by Enescu and Kodály, with hypnotic sounds, melodies and beats from the Balkans. The album stars a trio of virtuosic Balkan musicians - kaval-player Theodosii Spassov, and guitarists Miroslav Tadic and Vlatko Stefanovski - while the live concert recording captures the highly-charged atmosphere of intoxicating classical-folk-jazz fusion. The result is an electrifying sound experience.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
The ever-resourceful Kristjan Jarvi and his MDR Leipzig players lay on the spice with a vengeance, push the dance element too.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The Balkan tradition is alive and well, and this project was conceived when Theodosii Spassov, the composer and arranger and kaval virtuoso (a type of flute) discovered Enesco's Romanian Rhapsody 1. The work includes six traditional Romanian songs, each of which Spassov knew as part of the traditional repertory. With the support of conductor Jarvi and his Leipzig orchestra, and with guitarists Vlatko Stefanovski and Miroslav Tadic, Spassov has put together a delightful and fascinating program.



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>Enescu, George [Composer] : Roumanian Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra in A major, Op. 11/1
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Ensemble: MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/14/1901

>Stefanovic, Vlatko : Iovka Komarovka, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Miroslav Tadic, Theodosii Spassov.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Spassov, Theodosii : Strange Occasion, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Stefanovic, Vlatko : Koljo, traditional Macedonian songs and dances for 2 guitars & kaval
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Miroslav Tadic, Theodosii Spassov.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Spassov, Theodosii : Say Bob, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Spassov, Theodosii : Eleno, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Spassov, Theodosii : Kite, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Spassov, Theodosii : Yunus Emre, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Spassov, Theodosii : Scherzo, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Spassov, Theodosii : Fire Feast, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Stefanovic, Vlatko : Kalajdzisko Oro, for 2 guitars & kaval
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Miroslav Tadic, Theodosii Spassov.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Spassov, Theodosii : Gipsy Dance, for 2 guitars, kaval & orchestra
  • Performers: Theodosii Spassov (Kaval); Vlatko Stefanovic (Guitar); Miroslav Tadic (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary