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A new movie with music by Vlado Godár! A quasi documentary Judge Me and Try Me by the director Ivica Kušiková is dealing with the theme of persecution of nuns in the 1950s by the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. The premiere took place in a chamber atmosphere at the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts on April 25, 2013. The witnesses are recalling their struggle with the grudge of the regime and stupidity of people. They admirably lack any sign of hatred, malice, the whole film is penetrated by the strength from the absolution and faith. Sensitive direction and beautiful camera.
The 7th seasonal concert of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak Radio led by conductor Mario Košik took place on April 17, 2013, 7.00 pm. in the Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio in Bratislava. You had an opportunity to listen to the violin duet Milan Paľa – Marián Svetlík, two of our best current young violinists, who performed the solo parts in Schnittke’s third Concerto grosso. In addition a young Slovak cellist Michal Haring played the solo in the piece Barcarole for cello and orchestra by Vladimír Godár. The piece sounded in a version for a large orchestra. Its chamber version had been premiered in London on June 26, 1996 by the renown cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. (http://www.sosr.sk/?post_type=portfolio&p=670&gallery=koncerty)
Those who fell for the pieces from the CD Mater will be indubitably delighted by a new CD of a versatile Canadian artist – a singer, actress and sculptor – of Slovak origin Apollonia Vanova. She recorded Vladimír Godár’s compositions Ecce puer and Lullabies on her album Lullabies Apollonia Vanova. Her tender rendition, perfect technical dispositions, knowledge of languages definitely contributed to a captivating performance which will charm the listener. (http://www.apolloniavanova.com/official/)
In November 2012 Godár’s piece Magnificat sounded in a beautiful baroque church Notre Dame in Bordeaux, France, performed by Ensemble Vocal Stella Montis, together with other pieces by such notable composers as John Tavener (Svyati), Peteris Vasks (Plainscapes, Dona nobis pacem) and Jean Françaix (Trois poemes de Paul Valéry). (http://www.stellamontis.fr/actualites.html)
Alla battaglia – the Story of a Musical Type is the second musical historical book of Vladimír Godár published this year, in which he presents his musicological opinions and scientific results, to which he came during the recent twenty years of his musicological research. Published in August 2012, again in collaboration with the publishing house AEPress, this time also with some contribution from the Music Fund. In this work the author studies the development of the musical type of battaglia from its first traces in the 14th century in Europe to the last pieces of the type, occurring in the 19th century on the American continent. In particular chapters the author pursues the question of the genesis of battaglia, battaglia idiom, relations among particular compositions, the influence of battaglia on scenic music, dance and instrumental music, and the extinction of the battaglia type as a living component of the performed repertory. The book is supplemented with an appendix containing the author’s own transcriptions of battaglia compositions.
Updated: May 16, 2013