This recording presents the tradition-steeped Zagreb Soloists under their director of many years’ standing, Antonio Janigro. The first releases from the RIAS Archive show a cross-section of the repertoire from their early years with Antonio Janigro as conductor and soloist. The simultaneous release of the historical recordings with the new production of the Zagreb Soloists, with Marc Coppey as soloist and conductor (AUDITE97716), round off our overview of this richly historical ensemble.
Founded in 1953, the Zagreb Soloists were amongst the world’s most successful chamber orchestras during the 1960s and 1970s. As ambassadors of their homeland Croatia, part of the former Yugoslavia, they ceaselessly toured the world. Characteristics of this chamber orchestra are their pure string sound and the small ensemble consisting of only 12 musicians.
“In Reger’s Lyric Andante…the players luxuriate in the music’s lyricism. Their fervent expression and rich, velvety tone, makes this a performance to relish. There’s some superb playing from the unnamed solo violist in Hindemith’s Trauermusik. The performance projects the deep sorrow and grief of this poignant score…Despite the mono sound, the audio quality throughout is exceptionally fine on this generously timed disc” Music Web Int.