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Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, September 2018

Bersa figured large in the music art world of Croatia both as composer and as teacher. For example, he taught Boris Papandopulo (1906–1991) among many others. A native of Dubrovnik, Bersa became a fixture in Zagreb having studied there and for a while at the Vienna Conservatory with Robert Fuchs. Mark Morris identified his 1911 Oganj as the first modern Croatian opera. There were to be others. His orchestral works have had to struggle from under dense shade cast by the comparative popularity of his SunĨana polja (Sunny Fields). Wiki sourcers assure us that Bersa also wrote a Sinfonia tragica (Four memories of my life), an Overture drammatica and Hamlet, a symphonic poem. Sunny Fields has figured on many a Through the Night programme alongside other short pieces including Idila - The Day of my Wedding (1902) as radio studio recordings by the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mladen Tarbuk. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, September 2018

…Bersa couldn’t have sought a better prophet for his piano music than Filipec; and I can only wish that he’d made a longer album of this first volume. Still, in excellent sound, this comes heartily recommended. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review




Phillip Scott
Limelight, August 2018

Croatian composer proves a truly exciting discovery.

Goran Filipec, the remarkable young Croatian pianist behind this project, has won several international piano competitions and been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque of the Ferenc Liszt Society of Budapest—a prize that puts him in the company of Horowitz, Cziffra and Kocsis. He deserves to be there. His playing encompasses all the sparkle as well as the poetry inherent in Bersa’s music. © 2018 Limelight Read complete review



Bruno Repp
American Record Guide, May 2018

The youngish Croatian pianist Goran Filipec, whose recording of Liszt etudes was praised by Sang Woo Kang, presents the program with panache. Only occasionally, as in ‘Ballabile’, I thought he could have been a little more relaxed and charming. He plays a Fazioli, and the sound is excellent. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Jed Distler
Gramophone, March 2018

…Goran Filipec’s performances…basically left me stunned and speechless from the first notes, and I’m still recovering! This pianist commands a transcendental technique and possesses an unflappable sonority that refuses to splinter, notwithstanding Bersa’s thickest onslaughts. He unleashes shattering fortissimos that never lapse into banging and conveys the kind of textural diversity needed to bring this composer’s demanding keyboard idiom to life. Grand Piano’s vibrant sound does both pianist and composer ample justice. I cannot recommend this release highly enough and, needless to say, I look forward to Vol 2. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Records International, January 2018

Bersa was a major figure in Croatian musical life, his compositions a compound of Mediterranean, Central European and Balkan elements. His piano music reveals a rich diversity drawn from Classical and Romantic models, encompassing charming Chopinesque barcarolles, a melancholic Notturno, a stirring Liszt-inspired Fantaisie-Impromptu, beautiful balletic miniatures and the Brahmsian grandeur of the powerfully conceived sonata. … © 2018 Records International





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