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The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra turns to the golden treasury of Lithuanian music

The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra turns to the golden treasury of Lithuanian music


This season the Lithuanian National Philharmonic hosts several special concerts – presentations of new CD releases. One of them will be held on November 8th where the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra will offer a concert of works by Lithuanian composers and introduce a new CD Music For Chamber Orchestra recorded together with various soloists and conductor Adrija Čepaitė. The projected programme of the event in Vilnius features opuses by Bronius Kutavičius, Osvaldas Balakauskas, Jurgis Juozapaitis and Algirdas Martinaitis.

The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra’s (LCO, artistic director Sergej Krylov) recently released CD Music for Chamber Orchestra is a document of a remarkable content – presents works by the foremost Lithuanian composers who have greatly influenced evolution of the Lithuanian music. In an attempt to call forth the 20th-century golden treasury of Lithuanian music, the LCO will also give a concert–presentation of the CD in Klaipėda (November 3rd) and Kaunas (November 10th) at the festival Iš arti. 

Bronius Kutavičius, celebrating his 85th anniversary this year, is the herald of modernism in Lithuanian music. In the 1960-70s while still behind the soviet “iron curtain” he kindled not only musical but also cultural (and even political) awakening. Osvaldas Balakauskas, a symbol of western modernism who marks his 80th anniversary this year, became the leading authority in modern Lithuanian music after Lithuania regained its independence in 1990. Being a vigilant observer of social spiritual life Algirdas Martinaitis resourcefully employs in his music various stylistic gestures, invites the music from the past and present with which he feels spiritual affinity, rethinks and comments on his own cultural identity.

The concert–presentation of Music for Chamber Orchestra offers the works featured on the CD: B. Kutavičius’ Dzūkian Variations for chamber orchestra, O. Balakauskas’ Concerto for oboe, harpsichord and strings, A. Martinaitis’ Musikalisches Opfer for tenor, flute, oboe and chamber orchestra. The solo parts will be performed by Robertas Beinaris (oboe), Vaiva Eidukaitytė-Storastienė (harpsichord), Giovanni da Silva (tenor, Germany), Valentinas Gelgotas (flute) and Eugenijus Paškevičius (oboe), as well as singer Veronika Povilionienė from the phonogram.

In addition to the aforementioned works, tonight’s concert programme also presents an opus by Jurgis Juozapaitis, who is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year. Premiered at the Gaida Contemporary Music Festival in 2015, his Concerto for viola and string orchestra Viola vs Violence is a symbol of a modern world. Viola – an instrument and flower – is a human being struggling for his existence at any cost and no matter where – in steppe, desert or the vastness of the ocean. Viola solo will be performed by the LCO’s first viola Jurgis Juozapaitis.

Works featured on the CD and on stage tonight will be conducted by Adrija Čepaitė, a Lithuanian conductor of younger generation pursuing a manifold creative career. After graduating from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, she continued her education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria). Gregorian chant and early music occupy a special place in her artistic activities. She is a co-founder of Graces & Voices Ensemble (formed in 2011) with which she regularly performs in Europe. The Ensemble’s CD was named the best early music recording of the year by Pizzicato magazine and was nominated for International Classical Music Award (2013). As a conductor Čepaitė collaborates with orchestras in Lithuania and other European countries.

The LCO, soloists and conductor Adrija Čepaitė will present a programme Music For Chamber Orchestra and an eponymous CD featuring music by Lithuanian composers. The concert will take place at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall on Wednesday 8 November at 19.00.

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