It has long been my desire to record works by Chopin, and more especially the Mazurkas. Chopin wrote the Mazurkas throughout his life and I like to think of them as his short, poignant diary entries. These miniatures have a rich emotional palette; they are wonderfully inventive in melody, harmony, texture, character, and tempo, while at the same time sharing the same DNA: the dance rhythms of Chopin’s native Poland.
“The idea for this album came about some years ago when I attended a performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto No.11 in D. While reading the programme notes, I was struck by the suggestion that the concerto’s finale, Rondo all’ungarese, despite its title, was thought to be based on a Croatian or Bosnian folk melody. This got me very excited, due to my heritage: I was born in Sarajevo, a small city that is a melting-pot of cultures, nationalities, architecture, arts, history and humour. The region’s culture is incredibly rich and diverse, and I am always keen to celebrate this.” - Ivana Gavric
Haydn’s famous ‘Hungarian rondo’ finale to his piano concerto in D may not be Hungarian but from another part of the Habsburg empire - might its origins be Bosnian or Croatian? This concerto, together with solo piano works in homage to Haydn by leading French composers, frame the world premier recording of Cheryl Francis Hoad’s piano concerto, which takes the traditional Bosnian folk song Kad ja pođjoh na Bentbaša, Bosnian folk tales and the Haydn as its inspiration.
This album bridges the folk songs of Ivana’s childhood to the music of her professional life and reflects her varied heritage.
Ivana’s second album, From the street on Champs Hill Records is released in September 2011. On the disc, Ivana completes her survey of Janáček’s solo works and places them alongside works written at a similar time by composers that she holds dear: Ravel and Prokofiev.
Janacek: Sonata 1. X. 1905 From the streetOn an overgrown path
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Prokofiev: Sonata No 2BBC Music Magazine
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Ivana's third album for Champs Hill Records is a very personal selection of repertoire including Grieg's Piano Sonata, the Ballade and a selection of his Lyric pieces and Slatter. There is also a unique epilogue - a new piece written for Ivana (the first of a set of four) by RPS Award-winning composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
'Captivating disc...Gavric possesses what I can only describe as a beautiful musical personality'
GramophoneRead full review here
'Gavric delivers an electrifying performance'
BBC Music MagazineRead full review here
'Ivana Gavrić here offers a much wider perspective in playing that is instinctively attuned to the moods and shades of the music.'
The TelegraphRead full review here
Ivana is delighted to release her debut disc In the Mists on Champs Hill Records in September 2010 which includes works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Janáček. The album has received critical acclaim in the press, including being selected as Instrumental Choice of the month in BBC Music Magazine and 'Oustanding' by International Record Review:
Instrumental Choice of the month
BBC Music Magazine
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