The final concert of the sixth edition of “Music evenings at St. Jerome’s” took place last night at the already established location of the old church of St. Jeronima in Kaštel Gomilica, where the acclaimed Montenegrin Guitar Duo, consisting of Goran Krivokapić and Danijel Cerović, delighted the audience with their performance.
As in previous evenings, the visitors enjoyed the music inside the church as well as outside it with public address and video projection.
The guitar duo “Montenegrin” consists of two eminent classical guitarists from Montenegro, Goran Krivokapić and Danijel Cerović. The duo holds concerts in prestigious halls, lectures at renowned music institutions, performs with orchestras and participates in judging panels of international competitions around the world. They perform a repertoire that ranges from transcriptions of early music to original compositions of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Through their activities, they try to enrich the guitar repertoire, thereby additionally integrating the classical guitar into chamber music in general. Their debut album with works by C. Domeniconi, A. Piazzolla and D. Bogdanović was released in 2013. Two years later, one of the most important publishing houses of classical music, Naxos, released the first part of Bach’s English Suites, arranged by the Montenegrin duo for two guitars. The second part, with the remaining English suites, will be released in 2018, rounding off this unique project in the world. This project, which was made in accordance with the existing sources on the authentic performance of Baroque music, was well received by the critics.
“I’ve known Goran since childhood, we met at one of the competitions, later we met at the studio in Belgrade and Maastricht in the Netherlands, and as we share similar views on music, we started working together about fifteen years ago. In the meantime, many beautiful and positive things happened, performances, recorded albums and ideas. I am happy that we are in Kaštela and we especially thank our colleague Mislav Režić for the invitation, who shared his student days with us in Maastricht, I am glad that it is a kind of artistic and friendly meeting.” – said Danijel Cerović.
The audience was accompanied by the performance of works by classical composers J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor and Manuel De Falla, and last night had the opportunity to hear a premiere by young talented Croatian composer Šimun Čarli Botica and his composition “Ex Nihilo”, which he wrote specifically for the Montenegrin duo.
“The work is very original, interesting and unusual, although it was written quite idiomatically for two guitars. So far we have performed in Split and its surroundings, but we have not been to Kaštela, we really like the atmosphere, although we did not have much time for a tourist tour, but I must especially praise the organisation of this festival, which is thanks to our colleague Mislav” – Goran Krivokapić told us his impressions of the premiered work and the atmosphere in our city.
The president of the association St. Jeronim Srećko Radan, as well as the artistic director of the festival Mislav Režić, who said that they were very satisfied with the audience’s response and thanked everyone for their visit and support and announced that next year we are expecting another interesting edition of the festival “Musical evenings at St. Jerome’s”.
Translated from Croatian.
Photo by Ivana Topić.