A new CD is coming soon! Xenia Jankovic playing Haydn Cello Concertos with the St George Strings.
Here, a note about the arrangement and choice of instrument from Xenia Jankovic:
“As I was asked by the St George Strings to lead a project from my instrument, I immediately thought about a Joseph Haydn project – his two famous cello concertos, and «The Seven Last Words of Christ». Among other things, it was inspiring and motivating for me to nd a special way of playing in the strings, so that the colour of the winds from the original version of the two cello concertos would not be missed. Certainly, in Haydn’s time, and also in the last 250 years, these concertos were performed as often with winds in the orchestra as they were without. I would like to give special thanks to my student and colleague, Mladen Miloradovic, a wonderful cellist and arranger, for his very precise and intelligent arrangement. I believe we succeeded in creating an interesting and beautiful string version of the Haydn Cello Concertos.
I did not play on my Gregorio Antoniazzi instrument (1733 from the workshop of Montagnana) for this concert and recording, but instead on my new Ragnar Hayn Cello from 2010, made in Berlin. It was a great pleasure to play on this instrument, which has a sunny and bright quality of sound, working particularly well with this version of the concertos.”
In this segment, Xenia Janković talks about Talent, and how it influences the whole life. She explores what is special, difficult, and nice about talent and she opens up about her childhood and her professors – Rostropovich, Fournier and Navarra.
We hear many recordings from her concerts, as well as concerts from her home in Belgrade, Serbia.
In 1887, in the very small, yet magical municipality of Ernen in the Swiss Alps, the great Hungarian Pianist Gyrgy Sebök founded a chamber music festival. Since then, in August every year, a special and inspiring meeting for chamber music takes place. Performing musicians, composers, and an audience of nature and music lovers from around the globe meet. Affinity with nature, profound music and the exchange of ideas are the focus. In the beautiful Church of Ernen are 5 chamber music concerts and 2 orchestral concerts to be heard, as well as many rehearsals and lectures. The cellist Xenia Jankovic has been the artistic director of the festival since 2008.
Find out more about Chamber Music Plus – This year from July 31st until August 12th. You can find all of the information for this years festival here.
Musicians performing: Alasdair Beatson, Silke Avenhaus, Paolo Giacometti, Lily Francis, Erich Höbarth, Candida Thompson, Esther Hoppe, Daniel Bard, Thomas Gould, Ulrike-Anima Mathe, Helena Winkelmann, Iva Bittova, Arvid, Engegard, Sally Beamish, Ylvali Zillicus, Mark Holloway, Xenia Jankovic, Christoph Richter, Claudius Hermann, Dusan Bogdanovic, Bart Schneemann and many others.
A live performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is now over on YouTube. Xenia Janković plays together with violinist Stefan Milenković and pianist Nataša Veljković with the Radio Orchestra Belgrade, conducted by Bojan Sudjic. You can find it and more videos over on the YouTube channel INSPIRIMUS.
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