This album consists of the most melodic works in Branimir Krstic’s guitar output. Led by two common frustrations of a contemporary composer - the inability of the audience to whistle his tunes on their way home (for being too complicated), as well as the inability to enjoy the film’s music as much as the film itself – Branimir created “Soundtrack.” This collection of themes easily lends itself to cinematic situations, much as did “Cavatina” by S. Myers (“The Deer Hunter”).
“Liebestraeume” is a neo-romantic composition of the type that guitarists sorely miss in their repertoire. The romantic literature for guitar cannot match the piano music of composers like Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, and other celebrated romantics –who have created much of the most beloved classical music. This original guitar work is rooted in Branimir’s memories of music by the great romantic composers, to which he added the shadings of whisper that only a guitar is able to produce.
“Two Preludes” stems from the time when Bruce Springsteen and Claude Debussy each equally influenced young composer’s mind. If such a combination sounds improbable to you, it is a sign that you must check this work out!
The collected guitar works of Branimir Krstic consists mainly of world premiere recordings. Brilliantly performed by the author, who also supervised every step of its production, the series not only introduces a unique and original body of work to the world audience, but also shows that the most suitable way to present such works is through creatively harnessing the power and possibilities of the internet.
"His works witness a precise imagination of sound ... I am certain that he would greatly contribute to composition and its realization as an instrumentalist as well.”
"An intellectual and passionate composer , who - as a first rate guitarist- belongs to rare double talents of creative and reproductive arts."
"...an excellent musician and composer..."
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
"A deeply committed composer with a profoundly subjective voice."
“[Branimir] is extraordinarily intelligent, learns with lightning speed…in the shortest period of time he mastered a huge amount of repertoire with apparent ease…his sound is strong and his technique nearly infallible…”
Eliot Fisk, classical guitarist
“…through guitar strings he enchanted his audience…”
“The sounds are perfectly calculated and balanced, yet the outcome is always unpredictable and explosive.”
“an excellent concert…emotional richness and technical perfection…Six strings have found their master…”
“...very refined versions that show great virtuosity…”
Beatlemania Magazin, review of “Sgt. Pepper For Classical Guitar”
“... refined performances on all the tracks...Reportedly the first classical version of the Sgt. Pepper album – a hard act to follow?”
Beatles Unlimited Magazine, review of “Sgt. Pepper For Classical Guitar”