The 2014 season of Festival Kvarner is characterised by the new EU project named “Purpur – A European Opera Sound” and will take place from 1st to 5th of September and on 6th of December 2014 in Opatija, Croatia.
Purpur was founded in 2011 as a result of a fabulous project funded by the European Union. It has become a synonym for the exploration of new avenues in the area of what, to date, had been so-called “serious music”.
The principle rests on the best young musicians coming together from all over Europe and “arranging” themselves with some of the world’s best orchestra musicians (including among others, members of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras).
Once, Orchestra Purpur had performed at Festival Kvarner for the first time in 2011, it quickly became established as the orchestra in residence. Michael Fendre from Austria, who is artistic director, commented on Purpur’s musical philosophy: “From its very beginning, Purpur has placed strong emphasis on not differentiating between entertainment and serious music – rather it makes a difference between good and bad music. Purpur’s aim is to deliver extraordinary, brilliant concerts in uncommon (even unique) utterly memorable venues and this is being achieved. This combining of Europe’s talented young musicians with top-class singers and musicians results in a fascinating sense of joy in the music and the programmes.”
September 1st, 2014
The opening event sees Purpur engaging in a remake of the Haydn opera “Armida”. With this, Festival Kvarner presents a very special opera by the sea – by design not by accident!
September 2nd, 2014
Next day, Haydn’s “Orlando Paladino” opera continues this distinct theme… fully staged, a production, which is already very successful on tour.
September 3rd, 2014
Today the Orchestra Purpur comes together with the world-famous family of clarinettists: Ernst Ottensamer, solo clarinettist at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who founded this “ensemble” with his sons Daniel, who is also a solo clarinettist at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and with Andreas, solo clarinettist at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012 this was an impressive fusion of musical brilliance created by these world-class soloists and the overall experience in the Hotel Kvarner’s historic Cristal Salle was both unique and awesome.
September 4th, 2014
“Purpur in Jeans” is about having fun with different musical genres and directions. This is an excursion into traditional music blending with many styles from around the world. Klezmer meets Balkan rhythms, Irish Folk meets Tango and classical Spanish sounds even combine with pop. This is certain to be a very lively evening that should have the audience on their feet!
September 5th, 2014
Reverting to a more serious aspect, the concert „Le Puregeois Gentilhomme“ has the Ensemble Berlin. (All of them are members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.) They present “Le Bourgeois gentilhomme”, composed by Richard Strauss, as well as his famous tone poem “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”. This concert (like all FK concerts) benefits from Festival Kvarner’s unique atmosphere: Opatija has always been an inspiring place for creative people with innovative artistic programmes. Gustav Mahler, Giacomo Puccini, Leoš Janáček, Franz Lehár, to name only a few, got their inspiration from this place. And Festival Kvarner uses Opatija’s special energy, includes it into its programmes, and presents them to an international audience.
December 6th, 2014
Finally, the 2014 season presents its last concert as winter starts. “Pure Chocolate” from Orchestra Purpur. Michael Fendre commented that this is a “tasteful composition of music and chocolate”, when the audience receives some gentle instruction about tasting special chocolate varieties during the performance. In coordination with the musical programme, the audience will experience a rather special set of sensory impressions, where taste and hearing fuse together.