The triumphal return of soprano Migena Gjata
The many concerts taking place in Tirana has already crystallized our way to write about in Opusalb magazine. The Saturday concert evening of soprano Migena Gjata and pianist and conductor Günther Albers in the hall of the University of Arts, made us breaking every frame. No doubt, all those who used to know Migena have been eagerly awaiting her artistic debut after years she has been living in Germany leaving behind only silence. Saturday night she accomplished for sure one of her dreams: the vocal recital at the Arts University Hall, performing all her long, safe, and wonderful path to true art. Some of the participants, unfortunately, probably could not feel this achievement and those who didn’t attend the concert for sure have to feel lost as long as the concert was a symbiosis of serious work with a divine ability, of culture and the will of a true artist. She portrayed in the most reliable form, on the basis of an in-depth acquaintance the portraits of German romantic composers, the masters of German vocals, s from Schubert, Schumann and Brahms to Hugo Wolf, Webern and Strauss. Some of the works were unknown to many of us, provoking as much curiosity about the emotions that they aroused. With her crystal voice, with precise intonation, with phrases, dynamism and the conceived contrasts, Migena discovered romantic and post-romantic lines. She discovered the intern essence, not with the elasticity of the phrases but with the force of the sound. It was a concert where every detail was well thought, accomplished within the beauty of the simple glorious things at the same time. It was a concert were it was performed the German vocal school’s unity with the personal skills of an artist. Due to all these reasons she can now be described as a rising star whose voice will surely be heard more and more in the world of lyric stages. Of the same impression was the pianist Albers. The brilliant technique, the exquisite sensitivity, his long experience, and his deep recognition of the repertoire were of an integral unity, so rarely heard in our stage. He imposed the audience through the works even hard to play from the expressionist author of the beginning of the twentieth century and the historical reformer of this century’s music, and at the same time by the Second Vienna School core, Arnold Schonberg. The Concert Program featured vocal songs (Lieder) of German and Austrian authors of Romantic and Post romantic period, starting with German Robert Schuman (1810 – 1948), the Austrian author Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) and Franc Schubert (1797 – 1828) following with the Austrian Anton Vebern, (1883 – 1945) and the German Richard Strauss (1864-1949). The pianist Albers performed as a soloist three works by Johannes Brahms and two piano works by Arnold Schoenberg. (1874 – 1951). These events are of a rare cases that we would like to attend more often in the future in our music halls.