The Zagreb Festival Orchestra was founded in 1989, comprised of the top classical performers in Croatia and formed with the intent to record a single album. That intent was fulfilled with OVERTURES, a record of composer Gioachino Rossini’s greatest operatic works conducted by the acclaimed maestro Michael Halász, a resident conductor at the Vienna State Opera for 20 years, and produced by six-time GRAMMY Award winner Martin Sauer.

The album went on to worldwide commercial success, with its music featured in major Hollywood movies over the span of the decades, but the orchestra itself was never heard from again.

Until 2018. Nearly 30 years later, the Zagreb Festival Orchestra was reestablished as a recording and performing ensemble by the American music company PARMA Recordings and its CEO Bob Lord, featuring an all-star roster of handpicked musicians from the capital city and beyond. The orchestra’s first recorded appearance since its re-emergence, the contemporary music collection PRISMA 2 on the Navona Records label, was released in 2019.


Concerto 2000 and Other Works

Release Date: June 26, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6291
21st Century
Jan Järvlepp's first Navona release, CONCERTO 2000, presents a tonal concerto, scored for orchestra – one might think Wagner or Mahler when listening. Except that Wagner and Mahler might not quite have agreed with the directness of his tonal language: for Järvlepp's work unabashedly aspires to appeal on a popular level.

Three Theatre Pieces and Chopin

Release Date: April 24, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6272
21st Century
Stage Works
Wind Ensemble
Longtime Navona Records artist Michael G. Cunningham showcases his penchant for storytelling on THREE THEATRE PIECES AND CHOPIN, an album rife with theatrical wonders that delight both the ears and the imagination.