The compeling sound of Belgrade Madrigalists

One of our most respected amateur vocal ensembles − choir Belgrade Madrigalists held a concert last night, under the direction of maestro Aleksandar Brujic, at Hall of the First Kragujevac Gymnasium. This ensemble was founded in 1951 on the initiative of conductor Milan Bajsanski and to this day it successfully nurtures a new kind of music that we do not have so often the opportunity to hear in Serbia. Thus, the repertoire of the concert in Kragujevac consisted of compositions by Flemish and Italian Renaissance and Baroque composers, which the audience enthusiastically accepted. The form of the madrigal was prevailing, and every following composition was expected with impatience and excitement, until the final famous Gloria RV 589 by Antonio Vivaldi. Along with soloists Maja Janusic – soprano, Natasa Rasic – mecosoprano and Ana Raskovic – organ, this Vivaldi composition properly marked the end of the concert.
Stable intonation and compeling and harmonious choral sound are the qualities of the choir Belgrade Madrigalists. The conducting attitude of maestro Aleksandar Brujic was characterized by the elegance of the movement and the special charm from which the music itself originated. This was especially highlighted in the twelve movements of Vivadi’s Gloria RV 589, in which we had the opportunity to hear the full diversity of this performing ensemble- from sublime choral stances to refined solo sections.

Author: Katarina Lazarevic Sretenovic
Translation: Ljubica Guzvic
Photo: Milos Dasic