Emotional music stories performed by Camerata Academica

On October 10, in the Hall of the First Kragujevac Gymnasium, within the Concert season Convivium Musicum ’19, music lovers had the opportunity to enjoy the sounds of the chamber orchestra Camerata Academica from Novi Sad. This ensemble consists of the best young musicians of the Academy of Arts (Novi Sad) – professors, assistants and the most talented students. The program presented to the audience in Kragujevac, according to cellist Marko Miletic who addressed the audience during the concert, is dedicated to the victims of fascism and war. The two Bach’s compositions, with which the orchestra began and ended the concert, represented a kind of prayers dedicated to the victims of the wars, while Shostakovich’s and Vasks’s works conveyed tragic and pain in different contexts.

Two coral preludes were performed at the beginning of the concert. Das Alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV 614 and Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639 from J. S. Bach’s Little Organ Book. The orchestra managed to create a unique sonic poetry in its poise and balance, and the simplicity and beauty of Bach’s music carried the finest measure of the musical story that unfolded before us.

Musica Dolorosa for String Orchestra by contemporary Lithuanian composer Pēteris Vasks was written in 1983 and is dedicated to his prematurely deceased sister Marta. A layered and in many ways interesting work, characterized by the composer as a “painful groan” in the interpretation of the Camerata Academica orchestra, sounded harmonious, emphasizing marked contrasts and an realizing specific experience. In Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a, which is actually the arrangement of his String Quartet no. 8 op. 110, the orchestra revealed across all dimensions, successfully tinting every tone and showing an unstoppable desire for power and eruption. The last composition on the program – the first four movements of Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 by J. S. Bach – was adorned with sophisticated interpretation with simple and logical solutions.

Expressiveness and eloquence, thoughtfulness and logic are epithets that succinctly describe the approach to music nurtured by the Camerata Academica, which the Kragujevac’s audience had the opportunity to hear during the concert.

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