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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 17 | volume III | October-November, 2000



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                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 17October-November, 2000
Sound Reviews

Ritmistica

…or: the Art of Loving and Caring, Ennobling and Exalting of the Spirit of the abundant Macedonian Music Language


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Ljupčo Jolevski

Zlatko Origjanski

    The circle is closed. The revealing of “Ritmistica” completes the trilogy of our singing legend Vanja Lazarova. We say trilogy for the simple reason that in a relatively short period of time (1998-2000) three publications were signed with the name of this great national authentic singer. Initially, Macedonian Radio Television, within the framework of its edition “Macedonian Folk Anthology”, presented 14 Macedonian folk songs documented in the last couple of decades and sang by Mrs Lazarova in the accompaniment of the National Orchestra of MRTV, trio of shepherd’s pipes and the bagpipe solo player, the great artist and teacher Pece Atanasovski. Then followed the album “Macedonian

Risto Vrtev

Traditional Love Songs” (publication of the most respectful independent Macedonian publication label “Third Ear”) where in camera form, “the authentic and the natural”, “the sophisticated and by sensibility contemporary” singing of our auntie Vanja in the “outlandish heights of the artistic estheticism” (as it will be noticed by the ethno-musicologist and spouse Dushko Dimitrovski) was followed by the instrumentalists – soloists, great masters of their vocation: Blagoja Deskovski – the violin, Stojance Kostovski – the shepherd’s pipe, Hisret Sait – the canon, Dragi Mitrev – the clarinet and Zlatko Origjanski – the tambour, producer of the material whose passion and moving artistic credo was the search for the authentic Macedonian sound.
    

Vlatko Stefanovski

    And if both sound frescoes displayed the authentic, out-of-series representation of the powerful creative soul of Vanja Lazarova, the current publication of  “Ritmistica” (“Third Ear 2000”) is an incredibly bold and necessary stepping out into the future which only the greatest creators would dare do. Namely, in nearly 40 minutes of playing time, not for the first time the unique velvet voice will be found in a sound surroundings different only by form and not by essence. Just for a reminding, the cooperation and the marvelous friendship of Lazarova with the members of the group ANASTASIA marked the entire last decade, and was inspiringly and futuristically crowned in 1994 with the songs “Girl White, Red” (“Devojče belo, crveno”) and “I was Born with Torments” (“So maki sum se rodila”) recorded for the music needs of the cult movie by Milčo Mančevski “Before the Rain”.
    






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