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Maestro Gintaras Rinkevičius and Vineta Sareika on Stage

Maestro Gintaras Rinkevičius and Vineta Sareika on Stage

2018 December 8, Saturday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
(artistic director and principal conductor Modestas Pitrėnas)
Soloist VINETA SAREIKA (violin)

SAMUEL BARBER – Adagio for strings, Op. 11a
SAMUEL BARBER – Concerto for violin and orchestra, Op. 14
PIOTR TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Tonight the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of Maestro Gintaras Rinkevičius, one of the foremost Lithuanian musicians. Internationally recognised conductor launched his career after the triumph in the prestigious Herbert von Karajan’s International Competition for Conductors in 1985. In 1988, Rinkevičius formed the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra whose artistic director he has been to this day. The soloist Latvian violinist Vineta Sareika, the first violin of Artemis Quartet, a winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition, a recipient of several Echo Classic awards, is currently the principal violin of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra. The charm of her unique interpretations is heightened by her violin – Antonio Stradivari violin made in 1683.    

Concert programme offers a combination of the 20th c. American music and the 19th c. Russian romanticism. Samuel Barber’s output is manifold – he wrote opera, symphony, piano miniatures, songs. His music abounds with romantic elements and lyricism, but at the same time is full of complicated rhythms and lush harmonies. Violin Concerto is a perfect example. His famous Adagio is a string orchestra version of the second movement of his String quartet. The BBC asserted, that its listeners ranked Barber’s Adagio to be the saddest ever written classical opus.

Supposedly, Tchaikovsky reflected his quest for life’s meaning in his Fifth Symphony saturated with romanticist gist and psychological conflict. In his notebook the composer described a gloomy, slow opening theme: “a complete resignation before fate, which is the same as the inscrutable predestination of fate...” However, the Symphony ends on a heroic note as if it were a hymn to a man who has overcome the lack of self-confidence and sadness. 

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