Pleter

Matej Meštrović composer & pianist
London Symphony Orchestra | Miran Vaupotić conductor

Release Date: December 2, 2022
Catalog #: NV6480
Format: Digital
21st Century
Concertos
Orchestra
Piano

Dynamic pianistic playfulness and impressive orchestral sonority shine in PLETER from Croatian pianist and composer Matej Meštrović. The composer’s personal signature can be heard throughout the piece, equal parts majestic and jubilant with subtly suspenseful moments that cascade into grandiose beauty. An eclectic and versatile composer, Meštrović joins the acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra on this recording, unearthing immeasurable melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic opulence as both the composer and the featured pianist.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Pleter Matej Meštrović London Symphony Orchestra; Matej Meštrović, pianist 4:05

Recorded February 26, 2022 at LSO St Lukes in London, UK
Session Producer Brad Michel
Session Engineers Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson
Mixing Engineer Božidar Pandurić

Mastering Melanie Montgomery

Supported by Adris Grupa d.o.o.

Executive Producer Bob Lord

A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Chris Robinson

Vice President of Production Jan Košulič
Production Director Levi Brown
Production Assistant Martina Watzková
Audio Director Lucas Paquette

VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Aidan Curran

Artist Information

Matej Meštrović

Composer, Pianist

Matej Meštrović (b. 1969) is undoubtedly the most versatile artist on the Croatian cultural scene, and an exclusive artist of PARMA Recordings. In 2018, he premiered the Danube Rhapsody for piano and orchestra in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, thus becoming the first Croatian composer to have his own work premiered in that prestigious hall.

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London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Widely acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, The London Symphony Orchestra was named by Gramophone as one of the top five orchestras in the world. A world-leader in recording music for film, television, and events, it was the official orchestra of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games ceremonies, memorably performing Chariots of Fire on stage in the opening ceremony, conducted by Simon Rattle and with Rowan Atkinson.

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Miran Vaupotić

Conductor

Acclaimed as "dynamic and knowledgeable" by the Buenos Aires Herald, Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotić has worked with eminent orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina and others, performing in major halls around the globe, such as Carnegie Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Berliner Philharmonie, Rudolfinum, Smetana Hall, Victoria Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Tchaikovsky Hall, International House of Music, CBC Glenn Gould Studio etc.

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Notes

PLETER (Interlace)
The joy of living is expressed through music.

The subtle fluttering of a playful soul with an attachment to the roots from which nobility has been growing for centuries, to the human spirit and close to the ear of the compositional heritage of the most exemplary authorities who dealt with organizing sounds as their way of communicating with the world, all this can be found in the composition Pleter by the Croatian pianist and composer Matej Meštrović (b. Zagreb, 1969). Indeed, this work for piano and orchestra is in short duration, but it remains in the memory for a long time due to its powerful impression.

The energetic jump at the beginning is a clear announcement of enthusiasm. The further course, in a designed tripartite that develops with an undisturbed logic, is a true and sincere ecstasy of melodic beauty. Moments of possible dance bravado flash, merging the dynamic piano playfulness and the pompous orchestral sonority. Starting from his instrument — the piano — as a mine, Meštrović is a composer who unearths immeasurable melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic opulence. He deeply feels the music and lives with a God-given inspiration. Even when he relies on models from the past, Meštrović is permanently a grateful successor with an undeniable personality. This personal signature of Matej can be heard in Pleter (Interlace), woven only by his composer’s mind, heart, and soul.

– Dr. sc. Zdenka Weber