Artists Gjoni e Lalosevic at "Chopin Piano Fest"

The eighth night in a row "Chopin Piano Fest" has emphasized, among other things, the culture of Mali tblack for the first time in the history of the International Classical Music Festival. With Iliriana Gjoni on the piano and the vocals of the Malaysian soprano, Milica Laloseviq, the world repertoire of classical works has also been brought. The concert marked the closing of the Montenegrin Culture Week in Pristina.

The hall was full for the piano and singing duo. The duo's recital concert has brought another test regarding the piano instrument. That of vocal adaptation. It is one of the most frequent combinations that suits each format. On Monday night, traditional Malaysian songs, those from the world and Albanian repertoire were performed.

The duo opened the program with the presentation of the musical culture from Montenegro with "Balada o maslini" (Ballad of the Olive) by the Malaysian Senad Gaqeviq. With the melodies of the piano, the soprano Lalosevic with her fascinating timbre has brought the popular songs "Poljem se vija", "Bulbul mi poje", Dusho, Mare", and "Vanji se konji igrau".

This was the first evening during all the editions where Malaysian folk songs were performed at this festival.

Soprano Laloseviq has said that the songs performed in the concert best present the Malaysian musical culture.

"We have presented four beautiful songs from Montenegro. I think these songs represent our culture and our way of thinking. They are very short, but I think the audience enjoyed them and understood them. The rest of the concert included the famous Italian repertoire".

In the festival named after the Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the romantic period, the piano always takes center stage.

In the solo game, the pianist Gjoni has neatly brought his works. He performed "Nocturne op.27 no.2, D major" which came as a nostalgic piece that develops with minimally light sounds, from which sensitive themes flourish. "Ballad no. 1, op. 23, g-mol” has been the contrast. Dynamic and frequent sounds emphasize the melancholic side when they slow down the tempo. Both works were deeply emotional, with expressive melodies and a kind of intricacy of harmony and rhythm.

As for the world repertoire of works for piano, he has brought "Suite bergamasque" by the Frenchman Claude Debussy. Her pieces "Prelude", "Menuet", "Claire de Lune" and "Passepied" have woven parallel chords and unstable harmony with unexpected tonalities.

When the culture of Montenegro is presented, the pianist Iliriana Gjoni represents a part of it with an Albanian work. He brought variations for piano in A major "Skënderbeu" by Česk Zade.

Pianist Gjoni said that she performed in Pristina after about 15 years due to her studies first in Germany and then in Belgium. He said that he performed pieces by Chopin as an adaptation to the name of the festival. For him, the concert was also an opportunity to get to know the Malaysian repertoire.

"As a native of Ulcinj, I feel at home in Pristina. As for the program, being 'Chopin Fest' I have decided to have a representative part of the anthology, which is his Ballade No. 1. It is a special pleasure to play as a soloist, but also with my colleague Milica Laloseviq we played a varied program. For me it was also an interesting opportunity to get to know the repertoire with Malaysian motifs, because I have not played it before".

For Zade's "Skenderbeu" he said that the state of Montenegro cannot be represented without Albanian culture. He announced that he had also performed the work in Brussels in celebration of Europe Day, while he said that the audience there had felt a special connection with Zade's works.

"As an Albanian from Montenegro, I think that this country cannot be properly represented without the representation of other peoples who created it. I played Česk Zade's piece a while ago in Brussels for Europe Day, on May 9. I had the honor to represent the composers of the Western Balkans. My wish was to introduce Skenderbeu to the European institutions and it was really carried out very well".

The Malaysian soprano, Lalosevic, performed for the first time in Pristina. At the end of the concert, he said that he will remember the event as a beautiful experience.

"This is the first time in Pristina and at the festival. Iliriana has invited me to be part of this festival with her. I know him for several years now. We met at a festival in Herceg-Novi in ​​Montenegro. We continued our cooperation and I hope we will perform together again".

The organizational director of "Chopin Piano Fest", professor Besa Luzha, has evaluated both soloists as sophisticated artists.

"Both artists were very sophisticated in the dynamics, in the concept of the work. Lalosevic also had a very nice color, extremely good timbre and very natural posting. Iliriana finally rewarded us with a superbly performed Chopin Ballade. We are satisfied that this concert also conveyed beautiful emotions".

With Iliriana Gjoni on the piano and the vocals of the Malaysian soprano, Milica Laloseviq, Monday's concert also marked the end of the Montenegrin Culture Week in Pristina.