Xenia Jankovic – Haydn Cello Concertos with the St George Strings.
“As I was asked by the St George Strings to lead a project from my instrument, I immediately thought about a Joseph Haydn project – his two famous cello concertos, and «The Seven Last Words of Christ». Among other things, it was inspiring and motivating for me to nd a special way of playing in the strings, so that the colour of the winds from the original version of the two cello concertos would not be missed. Certainly, in Haydn’s time, and also in the last 250 years, these concertos were performed as often with winds in the orchestra as they were without. I would like to give special thanks to my student and colleague, Mladen Miloradovic, a wonderful cellist and arranger, for his very precise and intelligent arrangement. I believe we succeeded in creating an interesting and beautiful string version of the Haydn Cello Concertos.
I did not play on my Gregorio Antoniazzi instrument (1733 from the workshop of Montagnana) for this concert and recording, but instead on my new Ragnar Hayn Cello from 2010, made in Berlin. It was a great pleasure to play on this instrument, which has a sunny and bright quality of sound, working particularly well with this version of the concertos.” – Xenia Jankovic