Good news from the first, international competition in which participated 80 choirs from 36 countries
'BRODOSPLIT' from Spain winning gold
As often before, Brodosplit City Choir under the guidance of maestro Sunko returns from international competition with gold medals. This time from the 1. International Choir Competition in Calella, Spain, to Split they bring two Gold Medals in the categories of male choirs and sacred music, as well as the title of absolute winner in the category of male choirs. Brodosplit has competed among 80 choirs from 36 countries with 2600 singers. Among choirs from many European countries, there was also representatives of China, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, the U.S.A., Kazakhstan, Paraguay, the Philippines and others. Choirs have competed in 13 categories, and in the festival was awarded 41 gold, 57 silver and 5 bronze medals
... 'Brodosplit' presented on the competition with the following works 'Valkeat kaupungit' (L. Madetoja), 'Završni zbor' (B.Papandopulo), 'De caupone' (J. Vajda), 'Domine non sum dignus / Miserere mei' (T.L. de Victoria), 'Lux aurumque' (E. Whitacre), 'Ave Maria Angelus Domini' (F. Biebl), 'Gospe Sinjska (V. Sunko) with soloists Ivan Bošnjak and Ivan Žitko.
Above the recession
Inspite of the financial difficulties that choir is facing with, the Brodosplit singers are managing to preserve its reputation and leading position among male choirs in the world, so at the request of the organizers of the competition Brodosplit sang in the famous shrine of Montserrat, which is a tremendous recognition. They also sang at the competition opening ceremony themed songs about Dalmatia and Croatia.
The Awards ceremony to Brodosplit was accompanied very emotional in standing ovation by several thousand visitors, and they are especially glad for recognitions of music specialists ...
CHOIR „BRODOSPLIT" BEST IN PETRINJA
City male choir „Brodosplit", under the guidance of maestro Vlado Sunko, awards granted in „domestic competitions" doesn't count any more, since for years they are „on top" in choir singing. In Petrinja, during 4. music festival „Sounds of June", prestigous choir festival, they won grand-prix, previously being the best choir in the classical music category. ...
Singers from Split performed three compositions: Valkeat kaupungit" (Leevi Madetoja), in original in finnish language, „Terra tremuit" (Jakov Gotovac) and „Gospe Sinjska" (V.Sunko).
„BRODOSPLIT" EXCELED ON TOUR IN SLOVAK REPUBLIC
City choir Brodosplit, as expected from choir with this status, exceled on traditional festival of croatian culture in Slovak Republic. ...
Song masters have organized the whole evening concert in jesuit church in Trnava, which was extremely successful and well visited. Concert programme consisted mostly of songs from croatian, especialls split composers. The peak of split choir's tour was well acknowledged performance in new building of Slovak national theatre in Bratislava, where they have presented whole palette of croatian music vocal heritage, and literature made for male choir on international level....
„BRODOSPLIT" PERFORMED IN EIGHT LANGUAGES
Unusual and interesting concert of city choir Brodosplit was held in croatian national theatre in Split. This time, unlike last years, Brodosplit decided on something completely different - on repertoire completely made of foreign compositions. ...
Repertoire consisted of compositions in eight languages - from latin, over french, german, italian and english, to czech, finnish and slovenian language. The compositions themselves were diverse and wide gamut of classical and reneissance to modern music, from Beethoven and Orff up to Schubert and Verdi. Choir prepared and performed these compositions on international performances, which gave split audience the opportunity to witness the richness of eight languages combined with classical music in one concert. Some compositions were performed in Split for the first time.
CHOIR „BRODOSPLIT" IN „GABRIELLA", BOAT MADE IN SPLIT SHIPYARD
Thirty members of split choir „Brodosplit" and their management, eruption of iceland volcano, has stucked away from home, in finnish Espoo, where they have participated on prestigious international male choir competition „Leevi Madetoja". Although they've ended the competition with third place award, they are extremely satisfied, due to the large number of competitors, excellent choirs from north Europe. ...
Anyhow, hard return home cannot diminish the satisfaction of „brodosplit" singers with great success on the competition held every fifth year, which gathers mostly best baltic choirs, where they have performed as the only choir from other parts of Europe. Among 28 competitors, apart from third place award, they have won the 1000 euro money grant and became for the first time, the only „non-baltic" choir that has won that award.
Split singers were especially thrilled with reception and ovation from audience, who by acclamation especially acknowledged the composition „O Gospe Sinjska" by Vlado Sunko.
„BRODOSPLIT" IN THE NETHERLANDS AND GERMANYCity male choir Brodosplit, one of the world best male choirs, will stay from March 11th till 17th in guest performance in The Netherlands, Amsterdam and in Germany, in Bergish Gladbach where they will perform the compositions of Mendelssohn, Jakov Gotovac, Josip Hatze, Vlado Sunko and other composers. Choir will visit Amsterdam due to the invitation from municipal authorities where they will sing at festival „Cantate Amsterdam 2009." and during that visit perform three concerts in three different cultural centres. After Amsterdam, split singers will leave for Germany on the occassion of important anniversary: they will celebrate 25th year anniversary of fellowship between „Brodosplit" and choir „Quartett Herkenrath". On that occasion they will hold all evening concert with performance of several guests, their friends and associates for many years.
CITY CHOIR BRODOSPLIT AN ABSOLUTE WINNER IN GRAZ - Graz, 2008.
City choir "Brodosplit" has confirmed its quality again, on the 5. world choir games that took place in Graz, Austria. In the competition part, in the category of chamber male choirs, with the 8 choir competitors from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Russia and Saudic Arabia, city choir "Brodosplit", under the guidance of maestro Vlado Sunko, has convincingly won a first place and golden medal, thus becoming an absolute winner in its category. During the closing ceremony, their success has been accompanied by the performance of Croatian anthem and raising of the Croatian flag.
35th anniversary of city chorus Brodosplit under the guidance of maestro Sunko
CHORUS' ODE TO SPLIT AND THE WHOLE WORLD - Split, 2007.
Celebrating it's 35th anniversary in Croatian National Theater this Monday, Brodosplit has confirmed it's well-known status as being a one of our best and most rewarded male chorus. Chorus' guide, maestro and composer Vlado Sunko, despite of the great fluctuation of people throughout the chorus, has managed to maintain not only high quality but he also presented wide range of it's vocalist's variations and alterations through diverse repertoire.
..."Chorus Brodosplit is a pride of Dalmatia and Croatia, carrying the name of their city throughout the world, not only through its name but also through the culture of singing" stated Fiamengo.
Within two hours of singing, 40 singers was performing a celebrative concert with a program being thematically divided. Last part of the evening was the real highlight. "Ode of joy" i.e. short endpart of IX. Beethoven's symphony..., has sent a wave of positive energy and made the audience thrilled. After the offical part, the celebrators have performed five more songs...
With the pronouncement of 11 best choruses, 40th Croatian chorus festival has come to its end
GOLD GOES TO SPLIT, OSIJEK AND ČAKOVEC - Novigrad, 2007.
Best among 12 choruses who participated in the competitive part of the 40. Croatian chorus festival program organized by Croatian cultural assembly is City of Split chorus Brodosplit with its maestro Vlado Sunko
...This decision was brought on Sunday by committee composed of director Josip Jerković and members Robert Homen and Branko Starc
.....Winner, city of Split chorus Brodosplit was only male chorus among mixed choruses and stood as a favourite. This chorus has been a winner 4 times on these type of chorus festivals...
40th NATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION - Novigrad, 2007.
It is hard to find the best words of praise in describing the Brodosplit chorus quality, without having these words being spoked out already. Through many years, this chorus is making us thrilled with its top singing quality and profoundly lived interpretations which are the expression of deep sensitivity, typical for dalmatian temperament. It could be especially felt in Papandopulo and Sunko compositions with a Credo being especially nice and impressive as well
.... I believe that Brodosplit will remain one of the top promotors of Croatian talent and culture throughout the world and will keep positioning itself successfully wherever they perform. The background for this statement lies not only in the impressive achievements throughout the history but also in a current quality they have shown in this competition.
Chorus has introduced itself with a high quality peformance and with the respect to the Croatian composing culture; whole program consists of Croatian authors: "Closing chorus" (from "The Passion ...") by Boris Papandopulo has been performed with nice and balanced sound among passages, both in homophony as well as in the complete rhythmics. Sound harmony has been showed as very expressive and surprisingly controlled in the last measure, both in a chorus singing and in the tenor-soloist performance. Chorus and its maestro have proved to have a great sense for gradation and build up of composition thrill both through the increases in the rhytme and dynamics and in their decresendo ("Our Lord", "Lament for the veal"). The sound taste and balance of the recital parts and b.c parts (cooperation with the tune line) is shown again throughout the performance of the "Our Lord" composition. Choir intonation is stable...
40th NATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION - Novigrad, 2007.
Chorus has made a perfect result. Program was composed of demanding compositions, not only from interpretive but also from singing part of the view. Interpretive composition definiton as well as its sound achievement are in the accordance with those works of art. Sound is "sane" but not natural, tune is elastic and properly coloured. Every piece of art is performed with diversity of vocal styles and in the accordance with the style. This chorus along with its maestro is, and will remain on the top of Croatian chorus singing.
IN BRUXELLES EVERY COUNTRY WANTS TO PRESENT ITS BEST STORY
Concert of City of Split chorus Brodosplit - excellent Croatian "visiting-card"
Bruxelles and Brugge, 2007.
In Croatian mediocre representing to the European Union, just shined the recent guest performance of City of Split chorus Brodosplit. Chorus was a guest performer in a main concert auditorium in Bruxelles and Brugge, where they were singing at the opening ceremony of honorary consulate...
...A few musicians and experts who were present at the concert were thrilled and surprised that "a chorus is able to perform such a top art". If that chorus is performing here again, auditorium would be full because everybody would like to bring someone to listen to them and to boast of them.
"DALMATINO" IN HINTERLAND OF THE RHINE
The spirit of city of Split near Cologne - Herkenrath, 2007.
...And the closing in the form of passionate performance under the alter of St. Nicholas' catholic church in Herkenrath once again has put the numerous audience on the feet. For four times City of Split chorus Brodosplit returned to the stage, and in the end of the concert they were rewarded with the standing ovations of the audience...
...The thrill of the visitors, numerous Germans and Croatian immigrants, was endless and it is not a surprise that the women liked the concert of "robust lads" the most. Here are some impressions: "I liked it all, and Zrinjski has fascinated me.", "I'm so thrilled I can't speak. Excellent! Of course that I liked Stipišić's Dalmatino, but Sinj's folk singing was also phenomenal.", "What an engagement, what a harmonious singing, with a body enthusiasm.", "It was delightful. Touching. At the end, my eyes were wet from emotions.", "And I especially liked that so many lads are singing in the chorus."...
16th FESTIVAL OF PASSION HERITAGE
Grandiose Papandopulo's "Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ"
Devoted interpretation of chorus from city of Split - Zagreb, 2007.
...City of Split chorus Brodosplit, founded in 1972., guided by competent maestro Vlado Sunko, with great successes and numerous awards since 1988., was singing devoutly in all details of demanding score. It is especially important to point out the contribution of soloists whose emphasizely nice and reliable voices were filling the auditorium with dramatic dialouges and singings about Passion of Christ. Serious approach to the score, discipline of all participants' singing, as well as intonation's steadiness, rise City of Split chorus Brodosplit to the professional level and all these elements were rewarded by long lasting applause of numerous audience.
CHAMBER GOLD Split male choir has brought the shinest medal from China
"BRODOSPLIT" FOR THE THIRD TIME ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD - Xiamen, 2006.
Split male choir is the best in the world, at least when it comes to the singing! From the world choir competition in chinese Xiamen, singers of Brodosplit have returned with the golden medal, won in the category of male chamber choirs! This is the third world competition from which they are coming back with the medal, as they already have gold from Linz 2000 and silver from Bremen two years later (where golden medal was not awarded)...
Impressive Papandopulo's "Passion" of choir Brodosplit - Split, 2006.Magnificient "The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ " belongs undoubtfully to the peak of the huge and extremely valuable composer's work of the great Boris Papandopulo, whose anniversary is celebrated this year. In the impressive setting of Meštrović Kaštelet we witnessed the imposing performance of the oratorio inspired by Split church choir singing. City choir Brodosplit has approached it with the supreme prepareness. Maestro Vlado Sunko has confirmed once again its reputation of the choir master - properly balanced, to the details trained choir has pliantly followed the articulation of deeply affecting oratorio text. Soloists have completed their tasks successfully...
CHORUS BRODOSPLIT HAS PERFORMED PAPANDOPULO' S
"MUKA GOSPODINA NAŠEGA ISUKRSTA"
(The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ) - Split, 2006.
...Highest compliments to the male chorus Brodosplit and its maestro Vlado Sunko for impressive sound of the magnificent composition. Chorus was being impressive with the homogeneous singing, achieving at the same time high level of suggestiveness. It was conquering with the sensitive pianos and powerful gradations while the productive unity was strongly testifying the value of the unusual composer's piece...
INSPIRED PERFORMANCE FOR THE BEST CRITIQUES
City of Split male chorus Brodosplit in novena of St. Dujam with Stipišić's oratorio "Uskrsnuće"
("The Resurrection of Jesus Christ") - Split, 2005.
...A sense of thrill was given to us by the extremely valuable artistic achievement that merits the best critiques, with the inspired performance being guided by maestro Vlado Sunko. Readiness and involvement of chorus were just astonishing.
...Seven ideally conceived staves are creation of the maestro Vlado Sunko. During the oratorio's setting, he made a subtle care about all the elements that make it complete. Special compliments to the efforts made in text's articulation and accentuation, and especially to the extreme concentration (it's hard to keep it in whole ensemble during long lasting performance) which helped maintain the intonation...
REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE LEVEL
Novena of St. Dujam - City of Split chorus Brodosplit concert - Split, 2004.
The sixth evening of the novena was marked with the impressive concert by City of Split male chorus Brodosplit.
...In City of Split cathedral, Brodosplit has presented highly demanded spiritual compositions. Noticeable performing level is a product of the high-level singer's involvement, and above all of competent work under guidance of prof. Vlado Sunko. Once more, Brodosplit has fascinated us with the homogeneous sound, to whom color was given by the luscious and fresh tenors. Natural and faithfully conceived compositions were glamourously presenting nicely finished dynamical nuances (Arcadelt: Ave Maria). Also impressive was Hatze's composition Smiluj se (Have Mercy on Me) with the accompanying sound of traditional dalmatian singing, live polyphonic sections and grandiose closure. Odak's Ispovijem se (I confess) shined with excellence and Sunko's Dona nobis pacem and Zdravo Marijo (Hail Mary) plundered with humbleness.
...Numerous and delightfull audience was postponing, with the loud applause, a farewell from the good-mood singers. Even three additonal compositions culminated with the last - famous Stipišić's Dalmatino that filled the ancient cathedral with the solemn sound.
JASENKA LESKUR - STANIČIĆ FROM BREMEN REPORTING ABOUT ONE MORE TRIUMPH OF BRODOSPLIT ON THE CHOIR OLYMPIC GAMES
BRODOSPLIT UNTOUCHABLE - Bremen, 2004.
Split male choir Brodosplit, who has finished its competiton on the Third Olympic Choir games in Bremen, is returning home with the silver medal won in the category of male choirs, but this medal is size of the golden one. In other words, Brodosplit has won the highest number of points in its category, and not even one of seven choirs that were in competiton hasn't won enough points for golden medal, thus that medal hasn't been awarded to anyone. It means that Brodosplit is still the best male choir and current olympic winner, because after Linz 2000 the golden medal was not deserved by anyone. Such a great achievement as well as the participation on the competiton which gathers the best world choirs, proves a high artistic work level of this choir and its maestro Vlado Sunko, the work that is recognized all over again throughout the music world...
In the situation when a male choir despite of the competition, is holding a title of the best male world choir 4 years in the row - and that achievement has been accomplished by Brodosplit, under the guidance of maestro Sunko on the Choir Olympic Games in Bremen - one must conclude that it is a quality that lasts and is well recognized.
Christmas concert of the male chorus Brodosplit in the church Gospa od Zdravlja - Split, 2003.
...One more time maestro Vlado Sunko confirmed his quality as a conductor of opulent knowledge and huge energy. He is a conductor acquainted with his chorus singers very well, skillfully hiding all their imperfections, yet simultaneously forming the best in them. Brodosplit sounds impressive in a polished manner with opulent nuances of tunes and particularly attractive pianos reflecting Christmas peace and warmth. Fifteen performed songs showed a wide range of moods and contents...
...This Christmas concert proved to be exemplary in every sense of its meaning - it was stripped of pathos, of inappropriate loudness and unnecessary speculations about simple folk singing...
OVATIONS TO BRODOSPLIT
Cecilian concert in St. Dominic's church - Split, 2002.
...Our famous vocal ensemble, guided by prof. Vlado Sunko goes on. Refreshed with the young singers, it gained colour and agility, and thanks to the older, has a needed firmness and persuasiveness. Delightfully performed compositions of De Victoria and Cherubini were preceding Croatian composers. Grandiose Odak's Ispovijem se (I confess) has impressed with the opulence of sound's overflow. Ensemble has adjusted excellent to the acoustic ambiance which favours the sound dispersion, but does not forgive weaknesses. Jaganjče Božji (The Lamb of God) by Pero Gotovac drove attention with the accompanying warm sound of traditional dalmatian singing, and Jakov Gotovac's Terra Tremuit worthy reminded of the solemn but sad act of farewell with the famous maestro...
...The last composition, Zdravo Marijo (Hail Mary) by Vlado Sunko, touchingly inspired prayer, could not be the last composition of the concert, because the loud applause of the audience was asking for more enjoyments in the chorus sound. Brodosplit returned with Arcadelt's Ave Maria and soul composition Soon Ah Will be Done...
Traditional concert in St. Peter's church - Split, 2000.
...However, the city of Split may have been famous for the male choir singing in the past but one must admit that it is much more famous these days thanks to the constant successful international choir competitions of the City of Split Choir Brodosplit under the direction of V. Sunko. Requiem in D minor, by Luigi Cherubini, has definitely found a powerful interpreter in their performance. That extremely delicate and complex mission chorus has performed with enthusiasm, homogeneous and perfected in details, on the level of professional ensemble. Especially impressive were ethereal quality colourings on the spots which demand narrowed dynamical values...
BRODOSPLIT - THE BEST MALE CHOIR IN THE WORLD! - Linz, 2000.
Split male choir Brodosplit is an olympic winner in choir singing and best of all world male choirs! In its category this male choir has won a first place on the First world choir olympic games...
Beside the first place in the male choir singing category, Brodosplit also confirmed its quality by winning the silver second place in the category of folk singing. Achievement of this kind in the huge world competition, makes this choir's success a unique one.
... during the concert of the olympic winners, in the honour of Brodosplit's victory, the Croatian flag has fluttered and Croatian anthem has been played in front of the ten thousands of people...
25th NATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION
This is a representative and diverse nicely cultivated male chorus, yet of the vigorous and savoury choir sound. With the well balanced vocal part, being distinctive to the thiniest details, professional while performing, flexible in phrase, stable in intonation and interpretatively worked out (especially Gotovac!), Brodosplit was absolutely the highest peak of the 25th Choir competition.
PASSION HERITAGE - MUKA GOSPODINA NAŠEG ISUSA KRISTA
(The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ) - St. Catherine Church, Zagreb, 1992.
...Choral ensemble from Split created a complex interpretative task developing a certain feeling for singing in the manner of Papandopulo and for the feeling of crisp harmony occasionally performed through some haste transformations. Brodosplit did not even allow audience any thought of difficulties which are in the base of such daring feats. Vocal parts of the well-balanced quality in trimmed equilibrium between the highest and the deepest tone and their powerful tunes fullfilled with a beauty of the southern cantilena their conductor knows very well how to put under the necessary professional control...
NATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL
...A well-known male chorus "Brodosplit" from Split has confirmed its high-class artistic level to the citizens of Zadar. The chorus performed five compositions under the direction of its young conductor, V. Sunko, in an inspired and a deeply experienced manner. The chorus’s distinguished quality of voices was particularly expressed by the suggestive performance of the composition Mura, Mura by E. Cossetto...
...Two concerts of sacred music in the church of St. Donat represent a novelty of this year’s cultural and artistic events...
...Suggestive, yet refined tunes of Brodosplit have left a vigorous impression on the audience in the first evening. A dynamically coloured composition Ave Maria by J. Arcadelt will be particularly remembered for a long time.
BRODOSPLIT - THE WINNER
32nd National Competition of the Best Choirs - Umag, 1999.
...National Competition of the Best Choirs in Umag ended with the triumph of City of Split chorus Brodosplit.
...by number of gained points Brodosplit rose above all the other competitors, thus becoming the absolute winner of the 32nd National Competition of the Best Choirs.
...Their performance of the Petelin and Gotovac's compositions was defined by full concentration and elated suggestiveness. Further performance of extremely demanding programme was passing in a constant and meaningful tensions. Impressive was the performance of L. Janaček's Holubička, not only for the warmly defined sound colours, but even more because of the constant pronunciation's fluidity of the unusually composed chord's structures. It is also important to emphasize chorus' elastic and precised stratification by sections, during formation of A. Kumar's In Ecce Homo composition. Total climax occured with the deeply experienced and almost eruptive performance of Lj. Stipišić's cantata Gremo mi puntari (Let Us Rebels Go), which was in distinctive, discrete and steadily gestures constantly intensified by maestro Vlado Sunko...