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MACEK, Ivo (1914-2002)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC

SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO


  • Silvia Mazzon, violin
  • Goran Filipec, piano

Ivo Macek occupied a significant place in 20th-century Yugoslavian musical life as a pianist and educator. The Intermezzo is among his most poetic early miniatures, the expressively wide-ranging Theme and Variations one of his most inventive pieces. His 1985 Sonata is the most elaborate and imposing of his solo piano works while the 1980 Violin Sonata typifies the increasing sophistication and poise of his later style.

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Tracklist

 
Piano Sonatina (1977) (00:12:14 )
1
I. Animato (00:05:11)
2
II. Amabile (00:03:42)
3
III. Vivo e giocoso (00:03:27)
4
Theme and Variations (1939) * (00:08:10)
5
Improvisation (1937) (00:03:18)
6
Intermezzo (1935) * (00:05:21)
 
Prelude and Toccata (1987) (00:04:54 )
7
Prelude * (00:02:08)
8
Toccata * (00:02:51)
 
Piano Sonata (1985) (00:13:07 )
9
I. Maestoso ma con moto * (00:06:25)
10
II. Comodo: Allegro vivace * (00:06:46)
 
Violin Sonata () (00:14:00 )
11
I. Con moto * (00:07:14)
12
II. Allegro deciso * (00:06:11)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:00:44

The Artist

The violinist Silvia Mazzon studied at the Fiesole School of Music and in 2006 was awarded the higher Second Level Academic Diploma, with distinction, at the Antonio Buzzolla Conservatory of Music in Adria, followed in 2013 by her master’s degree with Professor Ilya Grubert at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam. She has won a number of national and international competitions, including Stresa, Val Tidone, Luigi Nono, Zinetti, Vittorio Veneto and Società Umanitaria, and has appeared in concerts and recitals throughout Italy and abroad. She has played in chamber groups with leading musicians including Enrico Dindo, Francesco Manara, Simonide Braconi and Alessandro Specchi. Her repertoire includes works reflecting her interest in contemporary music. She teaches the violin in Reggio Emilia at the Achille Peri Istituto Musicale Pareggiato.
Goran Filipec A pianist of fiery energy and captivating performing style inspired by the legendary piano traditions of the early 20th century, Goran Filipec (Rijeka, 1981) is acclaimed by critics from Argentina to New York and London for his “poetic, brilliant and refined performances”. Primarily renowned as a remarkable Lisztian, Goran Filipec endeavours in the domain of musical interpretation consist primarily of the perpetual rediscovery of emotional values of the music in question, and its relative subtraction from historicisation. Starting from this point, Filipec creates vibrant audible representations of the interpreted music in the spirit of the so-called "grand style," which occasionally unites interpretation and arrangement.

The Composer

Among the artists who were to make their mark on the music scene in Yugoslavia during the mid-twentieth century, Ivo Maček occupies a significant place. Born in Sušak (now Croatia) on 24 March 1914, he trained at the Classical Gymnasium and also at the Music Academy in Zagreb. After graduation in 1934, he studied piano with Svetislav Stančić in Zagreb and composition with Jean Roger-Ducasse in Paris. Having taught at the Lisinki Music School in Zagreb and also holding the post of secretary at the Zagreb Opera, he quickly established himself as a pianist both in concert and in recital, giving performances across Yugoslavia and abroad—appearing with various established artists (such as the cellist Antonio Janigro and the cellist and conductor Enrico Mainardi) then, along with the cellist Mirko Dorner, winning the International Competition for Duo Performance at Vercelli in 1952. He had been the recipient of of a federal Government Award in 1948 and went on to win the Milka Trnina Award for concert performance in 1957–8, underlining his success both as performer and pedagogue.

Maček acted as a juror at numerous international piano competitions such as the Chopin in Warsaw, the Busoni in Bolzano and the J.S. Bach in Leipzig. As well as teaching piano at the Music Academy in Zagreb, he was also chairman of the departments for piano and organ during 1967–70; at the same time taking summer seminars at the Liszt Academy in Weimar. He was a regular member of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts, and won many awards such as the Vladimir Nazor Prize for lifetime achievement in 1978, the Josip Slavinsky Award for composition in 1989 and the Lovro von Matačić Award for lifetime achievement in 1992. His editorial work includes teaching editions of piano sonatas by Beethoven and a critical edition of the piano works by Josip Slavenski. He died in Zagreb on 26 May 2002.

Reviews

“The composer is given the honor he deserves through the absolutely brilliant playing of Goran Filipec.” – Fanfare

“Nicely played and very-well-recorded release.” – American Record Guide