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Happy new Year!

Dear friends, the New Year has come, and lots of new events, meetings, concerts, and projects are ahead of us. I wish you all patience, health and good luck in successfully achieving everything that you intend to. Let the new year make your dearest wishes come true! I genuinely believe it is possible; the most important thing is not to stray from the chosen path and to see your goal clearly. See you all soon! All the best!

Duo of lutists in Bratislava

A couple of days ago we had the pleasure to listen to an incredible duo of lutists: Joachim Held (Germany) and Jan Čižmář (Czech Republic). The baroque music, deciphered manuscripts found in Austrian and Moravian castles – the above mentioned already implied a beautiful and pleasant evening. So I thought on our way to Pállfy Palace, but I didn’t expect I’d watch literal magic unfold before my eyes. Two hours of enchanting music of Telemann, Weichenberger, Falkenhagen, Losy and Weiss –  the composers who are little known to a wide audience, whose music is maybe very chamber and too slow for our insane times. But now of all times we need this music, which cleanses and heals the mind. I would even say that the concert felt like I visited a yoga class, but much better. Overall, it was a relaxation and an inspiration for me as an artist; such a new genre of music to fuel my creativity!

 

The Dream of Gerontius in Bratislava

Angels, demons, souls; the orchestra, the soloists and the choir — all of those things in one concert, although twice — on the 5th and the 6th of December in the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava. An incredibly beautiful oratorio by Sir Edward Elgar; The Dream of Gerontius. Speaking of which, in the the composer’s homeland, in England, his music is considered a part of the national heritage. A hundred years later the interest in that music has understandably rekindled — it really is beautiful! I really recommend to hear this concert out; the tickets are still available.


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