Music Industry News Network [04-22-2012]
Clarinetist Tale Ognenovski Will Celebrate The 90th Anniversary Of His Birthday, April 27, 2012 With New CD Album: "Pelistersko Oro", Which Will Be Released On October 1, 2012
Tale Ognenovski, internationally renowned jazz, folk dance and classical clarinetist and composer was born in the village of Brusnik near Bitola in the Republic of Macedonia on April 27, 1922. On October 1, 2012, Tale Ognenovski, will release new CD Album entitled: “Pelistersko Oro Tale Ognenovski Album No. 1, Macedonian Fok Dances and Clarinet Jazz" to celebrate the 90th anniversary of his birthday. Label: Independent Records, USA.
Tale Ognenovski is known across the globe for his virtuosic performances. New CD Album feature the Ognenovski performing with his son Stevan Ognenovski on drum. CD Album includes 9 compositions from the genre "Macedonian folk dances" and 3 compositions from the music genre "Macedonian Clarinet Jazz". CD Album will be available on October 1, 2012, through digital partners of The Orchard, the world's leading digital distributor of music.
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia makes the publishing of this CD album possible with their financial support.
Tale Ognenovski is a Macedonian multi-instrumentalist: clarinet, reed pipe (recorder), tin whistle, small bagpipe, zourla (zurla) and drum, composer and bandleader. He made the connection between Oriental and Western Music. He has composed and arranged 150 Macedonian folk dances, one classical concert "Tale Ognenovski Concert for Clarinet No. 1", and 12 jazz compositions. Some of his compositions have been recorded on 11 LPs, 11 cassettes, 10 gramophone records, 3 CD Albums and one videotape (Radio Television Belgrade, Serbia; Jugoton Zagreb, Croatia; Macedonian Radio Television and Independent Records, US).
Tale Ognenovski released his first CD Album entitled "Jazz, Macedonian Folk Dances and Classical Music" in 2001, second CD Album entitled "MOZART and OGNENOVSKI Clarinet Concertos” in 2006 and third CD Album entitled "Macedonian Clarinet Jazz Composed by Tale Ognenovski" in 2008.
Tale Ognenovski with Macedonian Ensemble ‘Tanec’s performed on one of the most popular television programmes in the United States, the Ford Foundation TV Programme "OMNIBUS", on January 22, 1956. This programme was seen by millions of Americans. This TV debut of ‘Tanec’ on CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network, one of the largest radio and television broadcasting companies in the United States, created great interest in all 65 concerts in many towns throughout the United States.
Legendary artist Tale Ognenovski performed as clarinet and reed pipe soloist folk dances in the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a symbol of artistic excellence on January 27, 1956. There, he bewitched the audience with his performances as clarinet and reed pipe virtuoso soloist.
Tale Ognenovski played as virtuoso clarinet and reed pipe (recorder) soloist for most parts of the programme, including the Macedonian folk dances "Bride's Dance" ("Nevestinsko Oro"), "Chupurlika", "Sopska Poskocica" ("Shopska Podripnuvachka"), "Kopachka", "Shepherd's Dance" ("Ovcharsko Oro"), "Soborski Igri", Macedonian songs, Serbian folk dances and songs and "Shote", an Albanian folk dance.
The New York Times for Ognenovski's performances as clarinet and reed pipe (recorder) instrumental soloist at Carnegie Hall, New York City on January 27, 1956 with Macedonian Ensemble "Tanec" wrote: "tremendous skill", "brilliantly spectacular and wonderfully unfamiliar dances", "great individuality", "incredible phrases", "raucous and unforgettable pipe",…, Article entitled "Ballet: Yugoslav Folk Art; 'Tanec' Dancers Appear at Carnegie Hall in Display of Tremendous Skill"…, written by music critic John Martin (January 28, 1956), and "amazing variety to the dances", "thousand different shades of dynamics", "conscious virtuosity", "the broken circles of the kolo of the Macedonian mountains", "dateless reed pipe", …, Article entitled "THE DANCE: FOLK ART; Group From Yugoslavia In Impressive Debut Learning vs. Magic No Macedonian Monopoly The Week's Events", written by music critic John Martin, The New York Times. (February 5, 1956).
These musical terms written in these articles are the most brilliant musical expressions written for performance by an instrumental soloist (with orchestra) in Carnegie Hall in New York published in The New York Times from 1891 until now.
The great contribution of Tale Ognenovski for tremendous success of Ensemble "Tanec" at North America tour can be seen in the published articles in major North American newspapers:
"Venerable Carnegie Hall fairly vibrated as the audience blistered its palms in appreciation..." - By Robert Coleman, New York Daily Mirror, January 28, 1956.
"Last night this Yugoslav National Folk Ballet preluded a transcontinental tour at Carnegie Hall" "none of them won a more enthusiastic reception than the Yugoslav National Folk Ballet - By William Hawkins, New York World Telegram, January 28, 1956.
"An audience which jammed Carnegie to capacity (the house had been sold out by last Monday) cheered and applauded the folk dancing," "as if it had been witnessing classical, theatrical ballet at its most glittering...." Article: "Yugoslav Folk Ballet," By Walter Terry, New York Herald Tribune., January 28, 1956.
"The capacity audience at Carnegie Hall on January 27 for the single New York performance of Tanec, the Yugoslav National Folk Ballet, enjoyed a fascinating cross-section of over 2000 years of human history and culture. Tanec is a Macedonian group..." Article: "REVIEWS OF Yugoslav National Folk Ballet Carnegie Hall January 27, 1956", Dance observer: Volumes 23- 24, April, 1956.
"Colorful Addition to International Dance," "IF IT EVER COMES to an all out global brawl, I want the Yugoslavs on my side," "Called Tanec, which is the Macedonian word for dance, this group of 37 dancers, singers and musicians is a kaleidoscope of the Balkans," "When five of them dance the "Sopska Poskocica," which apparently just means they are showing off to the girls. I would keep them any day as a unfair trade for the four little swans in "Swan Lake"... Article: "On the Aisle - Yugoslav Ballet a Colorful Addition to International Dance " - By Claudia Cassidy, Chicago Daily Tribune, , February 6, 1956.
"there was a remarkable precision in both dancing and playing," "Clarinet, bass fiddle, violin, drums, guitar and flute provided most of the accompaniments in various combinations" ... Article: "Yugoslav Ballet Visits Academy", By Samuel Singer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 8, 1956.
"A Sopska Poskocica is devised to show," "wonderful and brilliant and exciting and sensational" "tremendous energy and precision," "is unique and demanded a repetition," "If you see "Tanec" which simply means "Dance" advertised again, you won't want to miss it" ... " Article: "Yugoslav Dancers Shoot the Works" - By Paul Hume,The Washington Post and Times Herald, Washington, D.C., , February 10, 1956.
"The first impression, however, must be one of rhythmic precision," "Nor was the performance without spectacle," "in the case of one dance, Sopska Poskocica it was no more than a show-off dance. As such it was highly effective" ... Article: "Music in Toronto"- By John Kraglund, The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada), February 14, 1956.
"FRESH AS A BREATH of mountain air comes Tanec, the Yugoslav National Folk Ballet, now on its first American tour," "Tanec means dance including drama, song, and music" ... - Article: " Yugoslav National Folk Ballet 'A Breath of Mountain Air'" - By Margaret Lloyd Dance Critic of Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Mass., March 2, 1956.
"and never more so than in a number titled simply "Macedonian Tune," which in its intricate rhythms and plaintive melody should at least make Dave Brubeck send out an emergency call for Darius Milhaud" ... Article: "Yugoslav Ballet Proves Folk Dancing 'Tricky'" - By R. H. Hagan, San Francisco Chronicle, March 8, 1956.
"The Yugoslav National Folk Ballet known at home as Tanec excited a large audience," "For authentic folk dancing, wild and free and yet subject to its own intricate disciplines, this group would be hard to beat," "with superb vitality and style," "They are accompanied by a group of musicians consisting of a violinist, guitar and accordion players, a flutist, a clarinetist and double bass, though drums of different types are frequently involved, as well as a shepherd's reed pipe" ... Article: "Yugoslav Folk Ballet Opens Engagement" - By Albert Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, , March 13, 1956.
"A hundred years ago on the rugged roads of Macedonia, bands of brigands used to plunder the caravans of rich merchants and, like Robin Hood, pass on some of their spoils to the poor... the Yugoslav National Folk Ballet which this spring is making a first, and highly successful, tour of the U.S...Together they make as vigorous a display of dancing as the U.S. has ever seen..." Article: " BOUNCING BRIGANDS Yugoslavs come to U.S" - By Life (magazine), April 9, 1956 (pp 173)
So brilliant commentaries written by the most prominent music critics and published in the elite newspapers and magazines in North America are not written for any ensemble or an artist in any musical genre performed on tour in North America until now.
Allmusic's reviewer, Craig Harris, noted: "The only professional folklore ensemble in Macedonia, the Tanec Ensemble are dedicated to the preservation of traditional Macedonian music, dance, and costuming. Founded by the government of the People's Republic of Macedonia in 1949, the group has shared their musical heritage with audiences around the world for more than half a century, performing an estimated 3,500 concerts in 31 countries'... The ensemble reached their peak during the late '50s, when influential clarinet and pipes player Tale Ognenovski was a member."
First tour of Tale Ognenovski with Macedonian Ensemble ‘Tanec’was to Bulgaria (November and December, 1955), followed soon after by a tour throughout the United States of America and Canada (66 concerts, between January 22, 1956 and April 12, 1956). During the period July 1, 1956 and September 1, 1960, while employed by Ensemble “Tanec”, he toured Germany (74 concerts, from August 15, 1956 until October 27, 1956 and September 18 and 19, 1959 in Dortmund), Albania (9 concerts, October, 1957), Romania (9 concerts, December, 1957 and January 1958), Switzerland (Berne, July 7 and 8 and Geneva, July 9 and 10, 1959) and France (83 concerts, from September 20 until November 25, 1959). He also toured with the Ensemble throughout the former Yugoslavia, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia,
From 1960 to 1967, Tale Ognenovski worked with “Macedonian Radio Television. In 1966, Tale Ognenovski became Head of the “Folk Music Orchestra” of “Macedonian Radio Television”. In 1967 Tale Ognenovski retired, but he continued to play on an honorary basis in the “Chalgii” Orchestra on “Macedonian Radio Television” until 1979.
In 2005 with accompaniment of his son Stevan Ognenovski on drum Tale Ognenovski recorded Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 (Clarinet Concerto (Mozart)) This album "MOZART and OGNENOVSKI Clarinet Concertos" (IR37223, Independent Records, US) released in January 2006 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1956 – 2006) includes "Tale Ognenovski Concert for Clarinet No. 1" (clarinet, tin whistle, small bagpipe and zourla (zurla)). He incorporated clarinet as second classical instrument into his arrangements, notably on the Mozart Clarinet Concerto Composed by Mozart. Tale Ognenovski arranged parts of the Mozart's clarinet concerto for two clarinets. In this recording the clarinet is accompanied by drum performed by his son Stevan Ognenovski or by drum and second clarinet (performed by Tale Ognenovski). Ognenovski's performance is the most beautiful and the fastest performance of Mozart's clarinet concerto of all time. Tale Ognenovski performed the Concerto on a standard-range A clarinet (Buffet Crampon) according to Breitkopf & Hartel edition (Publisher's no.: Nr. 2300). Perhaps this is unique recording where every notes of measure numbers III/311-313 from the Third movement: Rondo: Allegro are played by Tale Ognenovski exactly as they are written in Breitkopf & Härtel edition. NME.com feature on Breitkopf & Hartel including YouTube music video: "Tale Ognenovski Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A K.622 III. Rondo Allegro (final movt) as selection from Breitkopf & Härtel, the world's oldest music publishing company. NME.COM is Web site of music magazine NME (New Musical Express).
CD "MOZART and OGNENOVSKI Clarinet Concertos"'' (Tracks: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622: Allegro; Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622: Adagio; Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622: Rondo - Allegro and Tale Ognenovski Concert for Clarinet No. 1. Release date: January 24, 2006.
Amazon.com Reviews of this CD:
"This reviewer is familiar with the three B's of classical music: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms and can distinguish their styles, one can *now* add a fourth "B" which stands for "Balkan" as played by Tale Ognenovski... Ognenovski explodes with passion as he performs his own "Tale Ognenovski Concerto for Clarinet No. 1" ... The labyrinthine musical pathways he creates are enormously pleasing to the listener. The pentatonic scale and odd metered rhythms of Macedonia awaken the listener to new vistas of musical excitement and enjoyment...", Review entitled: " Mozart Born Anew! Outstanding Musical Interpretation", By Erika Borsos, April 13, 2006.
“... no other clarinetist can touch him. after having bought the cd, you will not be able to listen to anything else!! … and bravo mr. ognenovski, for inspiring the world of clarinetists …", Review entitled: "exquisite, you must buy it " - By Michele Zukovsky , 1st clarinet los angeles philharmonic, April 14, 2011
"… this is now my most favorite recording of the Mozart Concerto. I can only hope all clarinetists near and far will learn from this unique interpretation. Bravo Mr.Ognenovski, you've set a new standard." Review entitled: "A New Standard has Been Set", By Julia Heinen, Professor of Clarinet, California State University, Northridge, April 14, 2011
"I must concur with my colleague, Michele Z., for her astute observations regarding Mr. Ognenovski's artistry. His subtle phrasing and amazing tone leave one breathless. Words cannot adequately describe the impression his recordings make …", Review entitled: " Unique Genius", By David Gilman, orchestral & solo clarinetist, Lake Forest, CA, USA, April 16, 2011.
These are the most brilliant Reviews published at Amazon.com about the performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 for any artist who performed this concert.
Tale Ognenovski http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=1699 won the All About Jazz Recognition: "Jazz Musician of the Day" on April 27, 2009 and again on April 27, 20010 which where announced at All About Jazz Web site.
All About Jazz is a leading jazz music website for enthusiasts and industry professionals based in Philadelphia in the United States.
Tale Ognenovski won the "Yugoslavian Stage Award", the greatest award in former Yugoslavia for musical stage artists, from the Association of Stage Artists of Yugoslavia, Zagreb, Croatia, October 31, 1978.
Minister of Republic of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski awarded Certificates for National Pensions to the composer and clarinetist Tale Ognenovski and 39 prominent representatives of cultural life in Republic of Macedonia for their contributions to Macedonian culture. Before awarding the certificates, Prime Minister Gruevski said "Your successes are underpinned with many prizes and awards, and the remarkable contribution you have made in building a cultural mosaic in Republic of Macedonia ." The glittering ceremony in the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle was attended by Minister of Culture Elizabeta Kancheska Milevska and her deputy Dragan Nedeljkovic. Minister of Culture Elizabeta Kancheska Milevska said that today stressed the "very little" give back to the artists for their invaluable "very", but also made great strides and the historical need to valorize the work of artists. Tale Ognenovski won top honours on October 11, 2003 at Macedonian Parliament as the Winner of "11 October" Award, the highest and the most prestigious national award in Republic of Macedonia. "11 October" Award recipients are selected based on their "contributions to the creation, growth and support of the arts in the Republic of Macedonia." The Certificates for National Pensions were established by the Law on Culture from Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia (January, 2011) for artists and other experts in the field of cultural heritage, who have won the awards: "11 October", "St. Kliment Ohridski" and "23 October " for long-term achievements in culture.
In his book, For Our Music (Çà Íàøà Ìóçèêà) Dushko Dimitrovski writes: " The prodigy, however, is called Tale Ognenovski ... The impossible becomes possible: two, "usually non-complimentary" parallel-existing worlds of sounds - Europe - The Orient - are in Tale Ognenovski's music naturally brought closer together, understand each other and merge. Has Ognenovski's ingenuity in advance not done something that with the power of empirical palpability and outright proof, will convince us that Macedonia - with the power of both worlds of melodies being borne and present in her galaxy of sounds - is the one predetermined to play the role of a tonal catalyst for the future universal connection and natural mixing and circulation of the creative idea of East - West - East? "
Tale Ognenovski's biographer is his son Stevan Ognenovski, Mag.Scient., who wrote the book entitled: Tale Ognenovski Virtuoso of the Clarinet and Composer / Òàëå Îãíåíîâñêè âèðòóîç íà êëàðèíåò è êîìïîçèòîð (2000). Publishing house is Matica Makedonska, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. The book is published in both Macedonian and English. The content of the book are: the biography of Tale Ognenovski and music notation of compositions of 67 Macedonian Folk Dances, "Tale Ognenovski Clarinet Concerto No.1" and "Tale Ognenovski Jazz composition No. 1" (all composed by Tale Ognenovski).
Tale Ognenovski, Written by Lambert M. Surhone (Editor), Mariam T. Tennoe (Editor), Susan F. Henssonow (Editor)
Product Description: The content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Tale Ognenovski (Macedonian: Òàëå Îãíåíîâñêè) (born April 27, 1922) is a Macedonian multi-instrumentalist: clarinet, reed pipe (instrument) (recorder), tin whistle, small bagpipe, zourla (zurla) and drum, composer and bandleader. On January 27, 1956, he performed at Carnegie Hall, New York City as clarinet and reed pipe (recorder) soloist of Macedonian State Ensemble of Folk Dances and Songs "Tanec".
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Publisher: Betascript Publishing (March 2, 2011)
Language: English; ISBN-10: 613507024X; ISBN-13: 978-6135070248.
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