4 Seasons, 3 Pianos, 1 Romulic and Stojcic Timelapse Genius

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The Osijek maestros have been at it again, with a very innovative timelapse to perfectly compliment 4 seasons and 3 pianos on June 17, 2017.

The official credits on YouTube will suffice. Fabulous video!


Time lapse video clips by Romulić-Stojčić
Video edit & concept Matej Meštrović
Arranged by Matej MeŠtroviĆ

Navona Records proudly presents 4 SEASONS FOR 3 PIANOS, a whirlwind transcription of Vivaldi’s masterful string concertos by Croatian pianist and composer Matej Meštrović. Performing with Hakan A. Toker and Matija Dedić on three pianos (and accordion), Meštrović thoroughly reimagines the four concertos, his work exceeding that of a normal transcription. The collection, in such a radical new form, becomes almost a whole new work.

Despite this, Meštrović’s version of this piece is, ironically, historically informed in its own way. Vivaldi’s Venice was part of a republic that spread from the Italian city, across Dalmatia (present-day Croatia), to the borders of the Ottoman Empire in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina. Just as this Venice of the past was a crossroads of cultural influences, so is Meštrović’s conception of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. He imbues his piece with flavors of the region, from Romani to Turkish culture. Meštrović even sends Vivaldi farther into the future, bringing The Four Seasons into contact with Mozart’s Turkish interests—Mozart’s famous Sonata No. 16 in C even appears in an unexpected detour. Throughout the re-imagined work, the three performers leave their own distinct touches. In the slow movement of Summer, Meštrović is front and center with a nostalgic waltz. Elsewhere, Toker improvises a whirlwind of virtuosic melody. Dedić transforms the slow movement of Winter into a jazzy meditation. Jazzy elements also surface in the transcription of the famous opening movement of Spring, transforming it into a wild, joyous romp through Vivaldi’s masterful music.

Matej Meštrović plays Yamaha C7
Matija Dedić plays Bösendorfer Conservatory 200
Hakan Ali Toker plays Bösendorfer Standard 225, and Dallape Accordion

Recorded February 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb / Croatia
Recording Session Assistant Mario Mavrin
Recording Session Engineer Emir Altić
Editing Matej Meštrović
Producer Matej Meštrović
Mixing Emir Altić
Mixed at Croatian Radiotelevision Studio 4, at Solid State Logic Duality SE
Piano Tuner Zlatko Pavlinić

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Euro-Unit Croatia,
SBS Croatia and City of Zagreb Office for Education, Culture and Sports

Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Chris Robinson
Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Engineering Manager Lucas Paquette
Mastering Shaun Michaud
Design & Marketing Director Brett Picknell
Design Emily Roulo
Marketing Samantha Granville

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01 Spring ( La Primavera ) / Allegro 3:31
02 Spring ( La Prinavera ) / Largo e pianissimo sempre 4:13
03 Spring ( La Prinavera ) / Allegro 3:52
04 Summer ( L’ Estate ) / Allegro non molto – Allegro 6:19
05 Summer ( L’ Estate ) / Adagio – Presto – Adagio 2:56 MatejMeštrović solo piano
06 Summer ( L’ Estate ) / Presto 5:19 Hakan Ali Toker solo piano
07 Autumn ( L’Autunno ) / Allegro – Allegro assai 6:48
08 Autumn ( L’Autunno ) / Adagio molto 3:23
09 Autumn ( L’Autunno ) / Allegro 3:45
10 Winter ( L’Ineverno ) / Allegro non molto 3:23
11 Winter ( L’Ineverno ) / Largo 3:08 Matija Dedić solo piano
12 Winter ( L’Ineverno ) / Allegro 6:25
All movements arranged by Matej Meštrović, except
no. 06 – Summer ( L’ Estate ) / Presto – arranged by Hakan Ali Toker
no. 11 Winter ( L’Ineverno ) / Largo – arranged by Matija Dedić


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