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