FRANZ SCHUBERT – String quintet in C major, D. 956, Op. posth. 163
BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ – Piano quintet No. 2, H. 298
Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania has greatly boosted creative exchange. Lithuania showcases its foremost musical examples abroad, while our country enjoys visits of the world’s most renowned performers. This time Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, capitals of the Baltic States, will revel in appearance of greatly admired Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra. This collective stands out from other Berlin based orchestras not only for its high mastery, but also its residence, which is considered to be the masterpiece of neo-classicist architecture. Designed by the foremost German architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel the theatre house later was turned into a concert hall.
At the National Philharmonic Hall the orchestra will be led by its principal guest conductor Juraj Valčuha. Slovakian Maestro is busy on both sides of the Atlantic. Only in the 2017–2018 season he has collaborated with San Francisco, Detroit, Huston, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Toronto and other orchestras. He also works with major European orchestras such as Munich Philharmonics, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Santa Cecilia Academy and Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai among others; leads Puccini and Shostakovich opera productions in Naples. The Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra will share the stage with Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna, one of the world’s leading organists. Since 2017, she has served as the principal organist of the Johannes Klais Orgelbau at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. This year she was honoured with the Great Latvian Music Award, and in 2005 was the first Latvian performer to receive the prestigious ECHO-Klassik prize. Ēriks Ešenvalds and Arturs Maskats have dedicated their opuses to the organist. Moreover, she has premiered works by Péter Eötvös, Wolfgang Rihm and Jörg Widmann.
For Vilnius audience the Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra will offer Overture to Otto Nicolai’s, German romanticist composer born in Prussia, comic opera The Merry Wives of Windsor (this opera was instrumental for Verdi while working on Falstaff), Symphonie concertante for organ and orchestra by Josef Jongen, Belgian composer and organist active in the beginning of the 20th century, but barely known in Lithuania. The concert will be crowned with Symphony No 3 (Eroica) by Beethoven, the paramount German classicist.