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Foretić, Silvio: Valse Macabre

Croatian contemporary composers

In 1988 a German critic wrote that Foretić, resorting to humour, has found an adequate exit from the difficulty created by “the age of lost obligatoriness”. If one accepted this claim unquestioningly, it might mean the risk of interpreting Foretić’s exit from difficulty according to popular saying, “Keep smiling”. However, we should also ask ourselves about Janus’s other face, the one which is not so cheerful. If one would really deal with two faces, one being independent of the other in its actions, it is quite difficult to imagine that music, which would result from such a defective duality, could be taken seriously. But, the additional problem with Foretić’s music lies in the fact that only two faces do not suffice when it comes to survey of his creative activity. His complex artistic physiognomy, in which the composer becomes interchangeable with the versatile performer (singer, pianist, actor, conductor) and lyricist, clarifies the relation between “burden” and “joy” in a distinctive way: “joy” is really a reaction to “burden”, but it comes as a conscious opposition. This explains the bitter taste of reality, which has been mocked at, in all that “joy” and humour pouring out of Foretić’s music.

This might be the best definition of Foretić’s involvement as a man, artist and composer, which permeates his whole opus and accumulates in the context of his specific creative poetics. This feature can also be noticed in his compositions presented on this CD. (Nikša Gligo) 

HDS - Cantus, 2001. 
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based on Yvann Goll’s play   Melusine, for 9 instruments and a conductor-singer  Students’ Ensemble from the Musikhochschule in Cologne | Silvio Foretić, vocal soloist & conductor 
based on the poem “Old Women” by Tadeusz Rozewicz (German by Karl Dedecius)  Libestraum, cantata for tenor and 11 instruments  Students’ Ensemble from the Musikhochschule in Cologne | Silvio Foretić, vocal soloist | Bojidar Dimov, conductor 
composer’s text  Valse Macabre, for singer and salon orchestra   Collegium Instrumentale Köln | Silvio Foretić, vocal soloist | Peter Eötvös, conductor 
based on fables by G.E.Lessing  Fabularium Animale, for 5-6 singers and chamber orchestra  Mira Vlahović, soprano | Dijana Hilje, mezzosoprano | Mladen Katanić, tenor | Joško Lešaja, baritone | Marijan Jurišić, bass | Members of the Radio and Television Zagreb Symphony Orchestra | Silvio Foretić, conductor