Marián Lejava, Milan Paľa

Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina

Sunday, October 1, 2023, 7:30 PM, BHS – Bratislava Music Festival
Column Hall of SPh,
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Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina
Marián Lejava
– conductor
Milan Paľa – violin


Ilja Zeljenka – Sarcasms for orchestra
Ján Zimmer – Violin Concerto, Op. 15
Georges Bizet – Symphony in C


Ján Zimmer was a talented student of Eugen Suchoň, and, unfortunately, after his death in 1993 he fell into undeserved oblivion. His Violin Concerto Op. 15 from 1956 (the first one of the genre in the Slovak music) delivered by the excellent soloist Milan Paľa enables us even after decades to peek into Zimmer’s fascinating composer’s workshop. The evening will begin with Ilja Zeljenka’s piece composed in the final year of his life and dedicated to the Žilina chamber orchestra. Bizet wrote his Symphony in C major even before finishing his conservatory studies in Paris, in 1855, but the work had been considered lost until 1935. The composition of this 17-year-old youngster captures the audience by its temperament, fresh French melody and humour, and an enchanting oboe solo in the romantic Adagio. Already in this work we can hear references to the future opera Carmen. The programme of the Slovak Sinfonietta will be prepared by the conductor Marián Lejava, who is well versed in the Slovak repertory and has regularly expanded it with new opuses himself as a composer.

Marián Lejava

Marián Lejava

Milan Paľa

Milan Paľa, photo Julian Veverica

Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina

Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina