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The philharmonic orchestral series presents pianist Edvinas Minkštimas

The philharmonic orchestral series presents pianist Edvinas Minkštimas

2008-11-06

This Saturday (November 8th, at 7 pm), the National Philharmonic presents pianist Edvinas Minkštimas – a performer, who has been currently residing overseas but has nevertheless remained true to his early inspirations, such as the world of Nordic poetry, Baltic mythology and other images of the Baltic region. At the orchestral concert in Vilnius, on November 8th, Edvinas Minkštimas, together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under Modestas Pitrėnas, will perform the Third Piano Concerto by Béla Bartók, saturated with reflections of the Hungarian soundscapes.

 

Since Edvinas Minkštimas went to study abroad a few years ago, the Lithuanian press has kept track of his career, including some truly noteworthy facts, such as his appearance on the Mezzo channel, successes at international contests ad ovations at major concert venues, and a quite recent recital and live concert recording at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

“The famous Juilliard School in New York (where Edvinas Minkštimas is currently a doctoral student) might have encouraged more egocentric qualities of the performing pianist – the qualities that might seem more characteristic (and more in demand) these days. But it might have been an inherent artistic taste, or, perhaps, the refinement and due perception of his artistry that prevented the pianist from developing such qualities. Just keep on like this!” – wrote Edmundas Gedgaudas about the pianist’s interpretation. Edvinas Minkštimas, on the other hand, sees himself strongly influenced by great pianists such as Richter, Rachmaninoff, Michelangeli and Paderewski, as well as the compositions by Brahms, Ligeti, Wolpe and Penderecki.

 

At the coming concert in Vilnius, the pianist is going to perform Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto, a piece written in New York in 1945, which was heavily criticised for its indulgency in the “frivolous American taste.” The work was premiered only after the death of the composer, even if the piece was written as a birthday surprise and present for his second wife, Ditta Pásztory. In this piece, Bartók abandoned his complex rhythms, nocturnal colours and ambiguous harmonies, displaying instead a new approach to the Hungarian verbunkos, with syncopated lines of the ethnic dance, and adding the Bethoveen-like chorale and nostalgic romantic harmony to the middle section.

At the beginning of the concert, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, under the energetic and propelling young master of the baton Modestas Pitrėnas, will perform Konzertstück No. 2 – one of the most popular pieces by Lithuanian composer Vytautas Barkauskas – that demands the said expression and vitality of the conductor. The programme will be rounded off with Sergei Prokofiev’s neoclassical Fifth Symphony.

 
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