Ode to Slavonia and Baranja: Rucner String Quartet Plays Little Slavonian Rhapsody (Video)

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The famous Croatian quartet marks their 20th anniversary with a music tribute to eastern Croatia

Rucner String Quartet recently marked their 20th anniversary with a phenomenal performance in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb. The occasion also marked the 40th artistic anniversary of the quartet’s founders, Snježana and Dragan Rucner. Joined by the other two members, violinists Ivana Defar Penić and Ana Paula Knapić Franković, and special guests Mario and Ana Rucner, the acclaimed musicians presented the audience with an unforgettable music night.

The quartet recently came out with a video for ‘Little Slavonian Rhapsody’, a piece taken from their latest album featuring music created by the well-known Croatian composer Tomislav Uhlik.

As stated by Uhlik, the piece can be described as a potpourri of popular Slavonian folk songs, including the famous bećarac, and represents a link between the classical sound of a string quartet and traditional folk music.

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The video was filmed in the regions of Slavonia and Baranja, featuring plenty of wonderful vistas from the cities of Osijek, Đakovo and Kopačevo. You’ll notice the splendid cathedral of St. Peter in Đakovo, one of the best known architectural landmarks in the country; the bridge in Osijek and the Vukovar water tower also make an appearance in this visual ode to eastern Croatia.

Listen to the Little Slavonian Rhapsody and enjoy the journey in the video below:


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