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Unknown Music by Mozart Presented by Lior Shambadal and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

Unknown Music by Mozart Presented by Lior Shambadal and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra


Some music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has never been performed and the Lithuanian listeners have an opportunity to be the first to hear it. On December 9th, Wednesday, the concert of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (LCO) titled Lior Shambadal Conducts Classical Masterpieces presents a special programme, featuring excerpts from unfinished pieces by W. A. Mozart.

“Top level chamber orchestras have become a rarity nowadays and you are lucky to have one of such collectives. It could be further promoted by projects not undertaken by anyone else. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra has a fine past, great present and, I believe, a remarkable future”, said Lior Shambadal, principal conductor of the Berliner Symphoniker, after performing with the LCO a year ago. Fascinated by our orchestra, the famous conductor immediately decided that this collective was capable of implementing his idea to perform excerpts from unfinished pieces by W. A. Mozart. This particular objective now brings L. Shambadal to Vilnius, the city where his father was born. 

“Soon we are going to celebrate Mozart’s 260th birth anniversary. The composer died at the age of 36 and has left a heritage of musical works of diverse genres. However, there are around 140 works that are either unfinished or incomplete, featuring individual movements, sketches or separate fragments… The composer rushed to compose and continually received new commissions: after completing one movement he would hand it to the copyist, and if he did not immediately get the score back – he would write a new one. A lot of material was lost during travels, selected parts of his opuses were sometimes orchestrated by his pupils. However, who would dare to touch his scores nowadays? It would equal an attempt to complete Michelangelo’s sculptures... Therefore, I wish to perform that part of Mozart’s music in a way it has survived until the present day. Let it sound”, says conductor Lior Shambadal.

The concert will be led and the previously unheard music by W. A. Mozart in the second part of the programme will be presented by musicologist Viktoras Gerulaitis. However, the first part of the concert promises to be equally interesting. Following Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 the listeners will hear Joseph Haydn’s Concerto for cello and orchestra in D major performed by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and soloist Kian Soltani. Austrian-born cellist of Persian descent has studied with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Music Academy. A laureate of several international competitions, Soltani has performed with the Basel Sinfonietta, Helsinki and Zagreb Philharmonic orchestras and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra; he has collaborated with pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, violinist Guy Braunstein and other prominent artists.

The concert of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and cellist Kian Soltani under the conductor Lior Shambadal dedicated to classical masterpieces will take place on December 9th, Wednesday, 7pm at the Grand Hall of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society.

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