“Now Art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.”
When it comes to modern compositions, Branimir Krstic knows that many listeners opt to “stay outside,” finding the music somewhat inaccessible. Sometimes the only way to express important ideas is the hard way, so always choosing the easy path invariably leads to essential omissions.
In the shade of the Cologne cathedral, Branimir was taught by some of the most prominent members of “The Cologne School”, a phenomenon influenced by some of the greatest post WWII composers. While Branimir’s style began brewing in the early 1990s and matured at the break of the new millennium, it bears the influence of the works in genres other than “modern” music. This approach added freshness and originality to the traditional styles (represented on other volumes of this anthology) with which Branimir had worked. The compositions here reflect the legacy of the Western avant-garde, yet forge into new territories. They are also very personal reflections of an intellectual and passionate musician, who is both engaging and entertaining. Nevertheless, to end with Oscar Wilde: “Those who go beneath the surface do so at their own peril.”
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”