""The strongest quality of the passionate Serbian cellist Maja Bogdanovic is that she plays straight into your heart." - Wenneke Savenije"Luister, 01-1-2024
"The strongest quality of the passionate Serbian cellist Maja Bogdanovic is that she plays straight into your heart." - Wenneke Savenije
This magnificent French program confirms that Maja Bogdanovic is one of the most interesting performers today. - Thomas Herreng
With her cello, built by Frank Ravatin, Bogdanovic knows how to touch the soul of the listener. From the deepest regions to the highest played tones, she brings the strings of her instrument to life.
Nederlands Dagblad, 11-8-2023
In addition, the Serbian-born Maja Bogdanovic has an impeccable technique. With her virtuosity she underlines the tension and drama, while she also taps into the deeper musical layers.
De Gelderlander, 24-6-2023
"The Saint-Saëns is a gorgeous, compact cello concerto and I always have lots of fun playing it. It has everything, from the stormy beginning to beautiful lyric themes, a balletic middle movement, and the melancholic and fiery finale. This year, we are also celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edouard Lalo. It is quite exciting to present his cello concerto which is somewhat forgotten, not often played, extremely beautiful, dramatic, with beautiful melodies with a Spanish touch… and a piece that is very dear to me."
The Strad, 31-5-2023
The Saint-Saëns concerto shines in new colors in a vital and particularly flexible interpretation. Bogdanovic’s enchantingly lyrical but always excitedly communicative playing is in constant dialogue with the orchestra. Even in the Lalo concerto, this results in a fine performance full of style and substance – a masterstroke, considering how many great interpreters have already shipwrecked in this work.
Cellist Maja Bogdanovic let’s Saint-Saëns hear what he was searching for (...) Bogdanovic lets us hear how much lyricism and expressivity his concerto contains. Stormy but playfully she makes Saint-Saëns completely her own in his first Cello concerto. (...) The Lalo Cello concerto, written three years after the Saint-Saëns’ is with all it’s different moods/atmospheres and emotions also a wonderful vehicle for Bogdanovic’s expressive nature.
It is a live recording, in which the bronze cello is balanced against the silver-white sounding orchestra. With the first bars of Saint-Saëns' concerto, Bogdanović already has you captivated: after the chord like a stab through the orchestra, she takes the floor with her deep, shimmering tone and then in the yearning middle section and the smoldering finale she will keep you enthralled.
De Volkskrant, 13-4-2023