Brass and Strings
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART – String quartet No. 14 in G major, K 387
JOSEPH HAYDN – Trumpet concerto in E flat major, Hob.:VIIe/1
GIUSEPPE TORELLI –Sonata à cinnque in D major, G7
GIACOMO PUCCINI – Crisantemi for string quartet, SC 65
ALEXANDER ARUTIUNIAN – Elegy for trumpet and strings
Čiurlionis Quartet, a recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize, is admired for its exciting programmes encompassing wide historical horizons. The Quartet favours unorthodox instrumental combinations – last year it presented early music programme together with mandolin and harpsichord, and later collaborated with live electronics. The list of its stage partners includes well-known musicians of diverse profiles such as singers Asta Krikščiūnaitė and Edmundas Seilius, French harpist Florence Sitruk, Belgian clarinettist Eddy Vanoosthuyse, pianists Jurgis Karnavičius, Gabrielius Alekna, Petras Geniušas and Lev Natochenny, Italian mandolin player Francesco Mammola, harpsichordist Nijolė Dorotėja Beniušytė, accordionists Martynas Levickis and Aurelija Matulevičiūtė, composer and performer Marius Salynas, Baltic Guitar Quartet, Jazz Island Ensemble, etc. This time the Quartet collaborates with a talented young trumpeter Dovas Lietuvninkas.
The earliest trumpets date back to 1500 BC and earlier. This instrument, made from precious metals, was discovered in Tutankhamen’s grave in ancient Egypt. Like many other instruments the trumpets are of diverse types. In many years the instrument underwent many a development. There are various techniques of playing the trumpet and there are trumpets of different pitches, which contribute a wide range of timbres to the music. This afternoon’s concert programme ranges from works by Mozart to Puccini’s nostalgically melodious Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) and poetic Elegy for trumpet and strings by the 20th c. Armenian composer Arutiunian as well as Torelli’s Sonata à cinque (a baroque sonata for an unusual trumpet – “zinc”).