The premiere performance of Dora Pejačević’s Phantasie Concertante in the Vienna Konzerthaus!


On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the international recognition of the Republic of Croatia and the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Republic of Austria, the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia is organizing a special concert in the famous Vienna Konzerthaus. On Thursday, November 24, 2022, the Ton der Jugend Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna International Soloists Ensemble (WISE – Wien International Soloists Ensemble) will perform in the Mozart Hall. From the publisher’s catalog of the Croatian Music Information Centre, the Phantasie concertante in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 48 by Dora Pejačević. The solo part will be performed by the young and award-winning pianist, Petar Klasan, while the other pieces will be performed by numerous local artists: mezzo-soprano Josipa Bainac, violinist Andrea Nikolić, oboist Ivana Nikolić, and the performance will be directed by maestro Andrej Vesel.

By the way, the oeuvre of Dora Pejačević is small, but artistically extremely valuable and rich in superb musical achievements, which the world has only recently begun to discover and admire. The Phantasie concertante in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 48 was composed in 1919 and is the composer’s second work for piano and orchestra. Due to its originality and boldness of expression, this composition can be included among her most successful compositions. In many respects Phantasie represents a non-typed and original solution in which a high degree of integration of form and thematic structure was achieved, since its general conception – the aspiration to connect three movements into a one-movement whole – is a novelty in her previous oeuvre. Formally masterfully designed, Fantasia only reveals all the richness and multiple connections of individual micro- and macro-elements with a closer look at the complex texture. The emotionally rich and very dynamic scale of the work is impressive, in which flare-ups of passion alternate with calmer sections that nevertheless do not lack tonal depictions of intense psychological states, which gives the entire piece a very special and unique psychogram.

The concert program also includes other top works of Croatian creativity: from Idyll by Blagoje Bersa to film music: Suite aus dem Film »The Glembays« by Arsen Dedić and Breza, fragment aus dem Film »The Birch Tree« by Anđelko Klobučar to the premiere of Fanfare for violin, oboe and orchestra by Margareta Ferek-Petrić, an award-winning contemporary composer who for many years operates in Austria.