Zagreb Soloists at Split Summer Festival

 

On Tuesday, August 14th, Zagreb Soloists will perform at the closing ceremony concert of 64th Split Summer Festival, at 9PM in Kaštelet Meštrović. Zagreb Soloists will play with Gordan Tudor, young saxophone player from Split.

Gordan Tudor is one of the most distinguished younger musicians in Croatia. This respectable saxophone player and a composer, winner of numerous competitions, active on stages throughout Croatia and the world, both as a soloist and a chamber musician, will this time join one of the most prominent Croatian chamber ensembles, the famous Zagreb Soloists, in performing Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Strings by Croatian conductor and composer Pavle Dešpalj. 

Tudor has been performing this piece with great success for many years now. Mozart’s Divertimento in D major K. 136 is the first in a series of works known as the Salzburg Symphonies, which at the age of 16 Mozart composed for a string orchestra, at the time when he was appointed a concert master of the Archbishop of Salzburg. Musicologist Alfred Einstein described it as “a masterpiece of all masterpieces, placed in the smallest possible frame.” Grieg’s Holberg Suite (From Holberg’s Time), based on eighteen century dances, musically goes back right into the Mozart era, while in his youthful Simple SymphonyBenjamin Britten invokes the Baroque bourrée and sarabande, using the themes that he composed in his childhood and playing with them in an uninhibited, yet elegant manner, full of different string colours and charm.