Powerful Symphonic Music from Croatia
And once again it is time to continue our Pejačevič edition, now with her piano concerto and orchestral songs. After her initial experience with vocal lyrics and instrumental miniatures, it was not until after 1908 that Dora Pejačevič took up the individual genres of chamber music and then gradually ventured on to the classical forms of instrumental music. On this path she was primarily an autodidact. She composed her first orchestral work, the Piano Concerto op. 33, at the age of twenty-eight, and it adheres to the tradition of the classical and romantic virtuoso solo concerto with the usual three-movement structure. The finely crafted instrumentation produces highly effective contrasts in the concentration of texture and color. We recognize the composer’s feeling for inner dramaturgy in her flair for the distribution of intensifications and high points. Four of Dora Pejačevič’s thirty songs for voice and orchestra are presented here in the version for voice and orchestra. With them the composer also made a valuable contribution to Croatian music of the modern period in the genre of the orchestral song and did so with the expressive worlds that were uniquely her own. To round off this CD: her last orchestral work, the Overture in D minor, with its dramatic tension deriving from its rhythmically striking, syncopated main theme.