The Harkore Orchestra of the Philharmonic with the virtuoso on the harp break down romantic works to folklore rhythms

Philharmonic String Orchestra

The first concert of the Kosovo Philharmonic for the month of March started with the work "Simfonietta" for string orchestra composed by Drinor Zymberi. The bows in this work harmonize all together in the game. A viola starts the solo and all gradually join in the melody. It is played in "presto energica", "andante" and "allegro" with rhythms that vary from melancholic to the peak of dynamics. The orchestra is joined by harpist Şirin Pancaroğlu to perform "Dance for Harp and String Orchestra" to follow two of her works

It is a program that covers works from romanticism to those that combine contemporary and traditional rhythms. The Turkish harpist Şirin Pancaroğlu has joined the Kosovo Philharmonic String Orchestra, bringing modern music that intertwines the colors of folklore.

The Youth Palace Atelier is the long-standing address for the concerts of the Kosovo Philharmonic. The improvisations in that room are endless. The platform where a kind of scaling was formed for the instrumentalists has passed to the public, so that at least this time some of them have had the opportunity to clearly see the playing of the instrumentalists. The floor is the stage for the Orchestra.

The first concert for the month of March started with the work "Simfonietta" for string orchestra composed by Drinor Zymberi. The bows in this work harmonize all together in the game. A viola starts the solo and all gradually join in the melody. It is played in "presto energica", "andante" and "allegro" with rhythms that vary from melancholic to the peak of dynamics.

The orchestra has been joined by harpist Şirin Pancaroğlu to perform "Dance for Harp and String Orchestra" by the French composer Claude Debussy. The work is in two parts. Quiet overall. It grips with light sounds like a soft waltz. With the harp adding colors to the magical interpretation, the bows develop the enchanting play. The harp dominates, while in some cases all the instruments join in playing with fingers on the strings.

Conductor Edon Ramadani, who led the Orchestra, appreciated the piece as challenging for the harp, but wonderfully played by the Turkish harpist.

“A wonderful and also difficult work for the harp. But she played it successfully given her experience and of course her talent as a harpist. We are happy to have had her as a guest. At the same time, I also want to thank the Orchestra that during the rehearsal process, during these days, they have been professional as always. It is always a pleasure to be a guest at the Kosovo Philharmonic", said Ramadani.

The solo performance of the harpist Pancaroğlu also brings her figure as a composer. In her works "Flamingo oil" and "Those who love, don't die" she has brought stories about nature and love through sounds that hypnotize and send her on an imaginary journey to the shores of lakes filled with flamingos.

From there, Pancaroğlu was inspired to write "Flamingo Oil".

"Two years ago I went to visit Bodrum, a flamingo habitat is located there. I watched them for hours, how they flew, how they fed. I returned home and the next day I saw in the newspaper that a residential complex was being planned to be built in that space. I was very upset with this idea. Composition helps organize ideas, emotions, so I wrote this work. Three months later I played it and then I read in the paper that the project had been cancelled. I thought that maybe I sent a good signal to the universe", said the Turkish harpist and composer.

Many of her works are inspired by societal issues, especially when human intervention in nature becomes apparent. "From ashes" is another work in her repertoire with a unique narrative.

"These topics impress me. I wrote another work called 'From Ashes' when in the summer of 2021 fires broke out all over the world. There were fires in Spain, in California, in Turkey, everywhere. I wrote the work thinking that maybe nature will be made again from the grace in which it was found. I like to work when I feel depressed like this", she said.

In Prishtina, she performed in 2015 with works from her project "Çeng Tune" (Sound of the harp) within the program of the "DAM" festival. It had brought the instrument sounds of Turkish culture. On Saturday after the concert, he said that he is continuing to work on this "forgotten, completely disappeared" instrument.

The harpist described by the "Washington Post" as a "great international level talent" said that the concert with the Kosovo Philharmonic was a precious moment for her.

"I am very touched by the development of this orchestra when we know that after the war there were only 13 musicians when it started. It is constantly growing and hopefully will become a concert hall. It is a very precious moment for me. This is the third time I have played in Kosovo, but I have never played with the Kosovo Philharmonic," said Pancaroğlu, who constantly makes efforts to discover musical identities regarding the instrument of the harp.

Trained as a classical harpist at the Geneva Conservatory and Indiana University's Jacob School of Music, she is equally active in traditional Turkish music, improvisation, contemporary music, tango, partially staged performances, but also in the main repertoire. of the harp. With concerts in over twenty countries, 12 albums and a large number of collaborations, she has shared her musical roots with audiences, connecting the traditional with the contemporary.

Sirin's work in discovering the historical Turkish-Ottoman harp called the "çeng" has secured him a unique place in the history of the harp, enabling him to become well acquainted with Turkish music. Initially transcribing works from the repertoire of traditional Turkish music, she later began composing music for the harp related to the tradition and beyond. Sirin is the author of "Turkish Harp", a project that aims to introduce Turkish music to harpists around the world.

He told KOHEN that he is continuing work on this project.

"I am working on a project called 'Turkish Harp'. A very small harp that you have to sit on the floor to play. It was a completely missing instrument. I had to make another one and with it I started playing ancient Turkish music", she said.

In the last part of the concert, "Holberg's Suite, Op. 40" by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, who is considered one of the first of the music of the romantic period. He had composed the work in honor of the writer, historian and Norwegian screenwriter Ludvig Holberg.

The Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra has brought the complete work to the public. It opens with "Praeludim" as an energetic and peaceful sound game. "Sarabande" and "Gavotte" are easier. "Air" sounds more solemn, while "Rigaudon" is climactic in sound. In the last part the members of the Orchestra often become soloists. They carry the burden of the whole part.

Concert-master Festim Fanaj was one of those who brought the very attractive game. He considered the work as a whole very melodic, while its last part was challenging.

"It's really a challenge, since the composer has targeted many instruments, so everyone plays a little solo. The burden, although it seems that the first violin, that is, the concertmaster, has it at the end, but the cello has the main burden. Behind her is the viola, where she plays many solo parts. Finally, it ends with a solo from the concertmaster. It is a very attractive, very beautiful, melodic piece and we are very happy to perform it", said Fanaj.

Maestro Edon Ramadani has praised the work of the composer Drinor Zymberi and that of the Turkish composer Şirin Pancaroğlu, along with the professional work of the Orchestra.

He emphasized the conditions in which the Philharmonia conducts concerts and the lack of space to accommodate the public, which, according to him, is growing every time.

"We saw tonight that there was no room for everyone in the hall of the Atelier of the Youth Palace. Since yesterday, the Philharmonic has blocked the system because all seats are reserved, which is an emergency alert for a hall. "Definitely from the performance of the Opera and the concerts of the Philharmonic, the audience of classical music has grown bigger, so we hope to have a Philharmonic hall and so on," said conductor Edon Ramadani.

The next concert of the Kosovo Philharmonic will be held on March 8 in the Atelier of the Palace of Youth and Sports under the direction of the Israeli Maayan Franco, while the pianist Misbah Kaçamaku will appear as a soloist.