SoundState: Vito Zuraj playlist

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 07:12

Slovenian composer Vito Žuraj is known for his powerful and meticulously crafted compositions, which have been performed all over the world, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Southbank Centre’s SoundState festival following the first major UK showcase of original music here earlier this year.

Ahead of the UK premiere of his work Runaround for brass quartet & ensemble, as part of SoundState, we asked Vito to tell us five pieces of music that have inspired his life and work, and this is what he came back with.


Vito Žuraj at Southbank Centre


Conlon Nancarrow/Yvar Mikhashoff: Studies for Player Piano – Study No.7

Ensemble Modern, Ingo Metzmacher

The freshness of the sound and the intertwining of rhythmical structures never ceases to amaze me.


Jacob Collier: In My Room – Flintstones

The youthful energy and mastery of harmony that Jacob Collier possesses is breathtaking and motivates me to keep my music vivid.


George Enescu: Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op.25 “Dans le caractère populaire roumain”

Yehudi Menuhin – violin, Hephzibah Menuhin – piano

Although most precisely sculptured this music sounds as being on a verge between improvisation and fixed notation. Like magic breaking free.


Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde – I. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde

Fritz Wunderlich – tenor, Otto Klemperer, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

The compositional mastery of Gustav Mahler is at its full display here, in the best possible interpretation. Originality meets quality at the highest level.


Gérard Grisey: Vortex temporum

Risognanze Ensemble conducted by Tito Ceccherini

This piece seems to be universal despite following strict compositional techniques. As not many other pieces it can be placed in a concert with either classical or contemporary music, working exceptionally well in both contexts.


Vito Žuraj's Run around for brass quartet & ensemble receives its UK premiere at Ensemble Modern's performance of works by new international composers as part of SoundState on Saturday 19 January

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Southbank Centre’s SoundState takes place from Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 January 2019.

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