A virtuoso and a concert of the ending- season

On the evening of June 27, at the Arts University Hall, the cello player Fernando Nina held a concert with the Albanian Radio-Television Orchestra. There was a high interest on this instrumentistalist, born in Tirana, in a family of musicians (he is the son of Vangjel Nina, who lives and works in Greece).  This concert was the last of the season but it was the first Fernando Nina’s collaboration with this orchestra.

Fernando belongs to an early Albanian school (he began his first lessons with his father) and after that he studied in Germany and the Netherlands. Nina belongs to a generation of golden Albanian instrumentalists who live, study and work in the free world, with distinctive features as a virtuoso instrumentalist. His vocation seems to be the contemporary music pointing out exactly the his temperament and the technique. Fernando had been suggested to perform the Haydn cello Concert at Do Mazhor.

This concert was composed by the author for his friend, the first violinist of the orchestra of Estherhaz in 1761 – 75, at the time he started working as the deputy captain of Estherhazi. They were years of creative prosperity and full of energy and enthusiasm. It is exactly these designs that are configured in  this concert,  full of melodic elegance, full of energy and virtuosity. The concert is one of the most beautiful cello works of various periods, and it has been performed by famous cello stars like: Mistislav Rostropovich, Jacqueline du Pré, Mischa Maisky or (Yo – Yo Ma etc.

Though the great instrumentalists of the century remain important point of orientation, we referred to them as an information for our readers,  without wanting to allude and make comparisons. On the other hand, today, the demands toward instrumentalists are becoming higher. They understand that they are not just broadcasting the lyrics scores,  but mostly they are creative translators of the author’s ideas even by bringing them in time. This phenomenon can be achieved only when an instrumentalist has all the technical elements for realizing his ideas of renewal as well as the ability and culture to articulate the above process.

What about this concert? Fernando Nina is one of the fast rising instrumentalist equipped with the right technique to explore his creative identity as an instrumentistalist what makes us proud. He introduced a Haydn full of energy, dynamics and virtuosity. An Haydn that was more shaped by his power and energy as an instrumentalist, who in various parts thrilled and suggested especially elements such as sound, high technique, dynamics, expressiveness or sensitivity. Thus, Fernando’s Haydn’s portrait was in a re-creation, an attempt to bring the portrait of Hayden’s music in time, to us it seemed to be liitle bit far from what we implanted in our imagination.

In fact, elements of this “evolution” or the development of these features are in some cases of great instrumentalists of the time. Yo Yo Ma or Misha Majski plays this concert with metronome 138, while Rostropovic with metronome 130. The first two with high dynamics and the second most thoughtful, most aristocratic closer to what we call “pure music”, meaning  that dynamics does not tansform the portrait of the composer if within it enter many necessary stylistic elements that start with the “baroque” sound of the formation, the ratio with the important line of the bass, classically held and generally the combination of all these together.

Wishing to make a practical theoretical explanation for the readers, we made some remarks for our marvellous cello player, although he is  being exploring what is  necessary to break  through the long and difficult path of the world soloists. We are convinced that the concert was a first successful meeting with our audience and certainly the first of a long line in the future.


Nestor Kraja



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