The KSF Wind Orchestra and the Philharmonic "march" with music
Through the sounds, an event of freedom is narrated that incites the feeling of pride and that awakens the pain and memories of the past. Messages seem to come from each note and that is the power of musical art. It was the Scottish conductor, Dario Salvi, who gave orders to the "army" of musicians in a musical performance on the Day of the Force.
There would be no more suitable event than the joint concert of the Kosovo Security Force Wind Orchestra and the Kosovo Philharmonic to mark the Day of the Force. Under the direction of the Scotsman Dario Salvi, the formation has brought the world repertoire of solemn works. Albanian compositions are also interwoven with them. On Monday night, the story was brought through the sounds, in the Atelier of the Palace of Youth and Sports.
The members of the two orchestras are easily distinguished. Some were in military uniforms, others in black. But in sound they have become one. Their masterful playing and development of musical parts made them sound like a single band. The diverse program has premiered most of the works. From solemn compositions, film soundtracks, to operatic arias have enriched the program marking the Day of Strength.
Conductor Salvi has completed the "army" of music. Appeared in Scottish military uniform. The concert started with "Light Cavalry" by the Austrian composer Franz Von Suppe. Accented sounds at the start have preceded the work. Through dramatic developments, what has gone has melted into light sound. The increase in intonation has been rapid and full of dramatic culminating developments.
Although the concert was very serious and solemn, the conductor Salvi was very close and communicative with the audience, as is rarely the case in classical music concerts. With his humor, he made the concert even more attractive. He gave explanations for each part before starting the interpretation.
"Welcome to the concert. It is a pleasure and an honor to lead your band. Last year we had them in London through the Embassy of Kosovo there. I wanted to say some words to him which I have already forgotten", said the conductor Dario Salvi after the first half ended.
In June of this year, the KSF Brass Band performed in London where the concert was conducted by Salvi. For TIME, he said that he was amazed by the professionalism of the members of the ensemble.
"It was a big surprise for me. I recognized the instrumentalists from the concert we had six months ago in England when we performed together. Even then and now, I was surprised by their professional level", said conductor Salvi.
"Colonel Bogey March", the work of the British march master, Kenneth J. Alford, was less dynamic, interwoven with expressive sounds. The work of the Scottish culture has been softer and dominated by flutes with very light tupani sounds. The increase in intonation was preceded by tupans and cinellas.
In general, through the sounds, an event of freedom is narrated that incites a sense of pride and awakens pain and memories of the past. Messages seem to come from each note and that is the power of musical art.
Many of the works represent Scottish culture. The program was selected by conductor Salvi. He said that his biggest passion is the music of his country.
“I wanted to bring traditional classical music with a taste of Scottish music. I am very proud and passionate to archive my country's music in some form. We are very lucky that we are a small country like Kosovo, but we have a great musical culture which I want to convey to every place I go", he told TIME.
As part of the "Year of Rexho Mulliq", which the Kosovo Philharmonic had announced in March of this year, the iconic "Baresha" of the Albanian composer was played. The clarinetist Shkumbin Bajraktari performed as a soloist in the piece. Salvi has appreciated "Baresha" as a wonderful piece of music.
"'Baresha' was wonderful. I didn't even direct it because I wanted to enjoy it, it has a deep meaning. It was the first time I heard it", said the Scottish conductor of Italian descent.
He is a conductor with a wide and eclectic musical repertoire. This earned him the "Riccardo Drigo" Golden Globe for ballet music this year, the "Landjuël" award for the best theater production in Belgium and was nominated for the International Classical Music Award for the premiere recording of "Waldmeister" of the Austrian Johann Straus. His discography includes about 20 recordings.
The Minister of Defense, Ejup Maqedonci, and the commander of the Kosovo Security Force, Bashkim Jashari, were present and they distributed medals to the conductor. He was given the map of Kosovo.
American Van McCoy's "African Symphony" has been authentic African sounds with a fun start.
"Now we're moving to America, in the early 70s. McCoy wrote it for the American symphony called "African Symphony" and if you don't want to dance, don't dance", conductor Salvi said from the stage.
Percussion sounds are always part of the work, while the brass play with the sound, which is much more powerful.
The overture from the ballet "Shotë e Azem Galica" by Nikolla Zoraq, arranged by the composer Kreshnik Aliçkaj, was a powerful beginning which, from the first sounds, is identified as part of Albanian creativity. It has a structure that goes up and down and tells a painful, tragic event of the country. It is like solemn homage. A lyrical work that takes place in two parts, at the same time harmonic sounds are played. In all the works, apart from the wind instruments, there were two double basses that enriched the sound and some percussion instruments such as drums, cymbals and xylophone.
"Nabuchadnezzar", the operatic aria of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, was very delicate and challenging. Conductor Salvi also warned.
"While performing, you also have to breathe. This aria is much more difficult", said the conductor. "Except that I am conducting. I complicate things", he continued with a laugh.
Even listening, it is clear that Verdi's part is challenging. They are long sounds with many developments within seconds. The wind instruments in this aria come louder than the trumpets that accompany them. A narrative so harmonious and dynamic, so painful. They are sharp, precise sounds, often placed next to each other.
"Merriment Polka" (Dance of joy) by the American Geo D. Barnard is arranged in parts for three clarinets and orchestra.
The concert for saxophone and orchestra "Four pictures from New York" by the Italian Roberto Melinelli was with very attractive sounds of the saxophone performed by Dardan Gjinolli, a member of the Wind Orchestra of the FSK, who start first and are accompanied by the Orchestra. They often interact with each other. They are also sensitive.
Saxophonist Gjinolli said that the work was premiered in the country and in the region. He said that the concert was a challenge in itself.
"This has been a great challenge, it has been a very tiring concert where we had two weeks of intense rehearsals with Dario. He is a wonderful conductor. I had the honor to make music with him in London in June, we had several concerts together. A wonderful man first and a very great musician", said Gjinolli while also emphasizing the advancement of the FSK Orchestra.
"It is a great pleasure, because since 2004 we as TMK have started with seven people and until now we are 50 or something. Where better than on the Day of Strength to hold such a concert, so it is a great pleasure and a privilege as well", he said.
The soundtrack of the movie "Braveheart" composed by Johnnie Vinson was a combination of romantic and war music.
The repertoire also includes the march "Holyrood" by Kenneth Alford, which was conducted by Lirjona Sylejmani, conductor of the two orchestras, and an aria from the opera "Hansel and Greta" by the British Engelbert Humperdinck. The concert ended with the KSF March composed by Baki Jashari, Mendi Mengjiqi and Valton Beqiri.
The assistant conductor of the Kosovo Philharmonic, Hajrullah Syla, who has also conducted the Orchestra, said that the works were different, as it is possible with the cooperation with the Wind Orchestra of the KSF.
"Mostly there were works belonging to the army, marches, but of course there were other works with a different program than what we are used to having in the framework of the cooperation with the KSF Wind Orchestra. I believe that the whole program has achieved what we wanted to bring to the public", said Syla.
The collaboration of the two orchestras started in November 2021.
"The Kosovo Philharmonic and the KSF Wind Orchestra have had collaborations in the past as well. This was a continuation of the collaborations we had earlier. The program was carefully selected, works that were well received by the public. An intensive work that has been done during two weeks for this concert. I believe that the level of interpretation of the works that were in the program was reached", said Syla.
The Wind Orchestra of the Kosovo Security Force was established in 2003 within the former Kosovo Defense Forces (KDF). After the transformation into the KSF, the Wind Orchestra began to operate in the ceremonial Platoon of the Ground Forces Command (KFT) with full professional capacities with a total of 36 musicians. The joint debut concert was held within the program of the 2021/2022 season.
© KOHA. All rights are reserved.