2021 May 7, Friday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Vilnius





Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 in E minor Ballade, Op. 60
              I: Con moto largamento – Allegretto con moto
              II: Interludium. Allegro, molto sostenuto, misterioso (al rigore di tempo)
           III: Finale. Allegro molto. Svegliando, eroico – Andante con moto tranquillo – Allegro molto – Coda: Maestoso, ma appassionato

              Soloist PAULIUS ANDERSSON (piano)

Symphony No. 4 Symphonie Concertante for piano and orchestra, Op. 60
             1. Moderato. Tempo comodo
             2. Andante molto sostenuto
             3. Allegro non troppo, ma agitato ed successoso

              Soloist ALEKSANDRA ŽVIRBLYTĖ (piano)

This symphonic music concert features two pianists representing the dynasty of musicians of three generations – mother Aleksandra Žvirblytė and son Paulius Andersson. Both pianists have been guided into the world of music by their mother and grandmother Veronika Vitaitė, the long-time head of the Piano Department at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT). Daughter Aleksandra Žvirblytė, like her mother, is also famous as a teacher, she is a professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where she has educated many a young talent. Paulius Andersson, a graduate of the M. K. Čiurlionis National School of Arts and the LAMT, has in addition studied in Düsseldorf (Germany). He has already won several international competitions, appeared with various orchestras, given recitals, and toured the USA, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Georgia and other countries. In early February of 2020, he won the 2nd prize at the Rachmaninov International Piano Competition in Moscow. Tonight’s programme is conducted by Modestas Barkauskas, a Lithuanian maestro of younger generation.

Paulius Andersson offers one of the last opuses, the Third Piano Concerto Ballade, of the Russian composer Nikolai Medtner. According to the composer, it was inspired by Mikhail Lermontov’s ballad Rusalka (The Mermaid). This spring, Paulius recorded Medtner’s Concerto with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. By the way, Medtner’s music is of great appeal to the Lithuanian pianist – Paulius has recorded Medtner’s sonata Night Wind, Op. 25 No. 2, which was broadcast in March of this year by Dutch radio station Concertzender.

Tonight’s second composition is Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s vivid Fourth Symphony, scored not only for orchestra but also for piano. Active at the turn of the 20th century, Szymanowski is considered to be an important link between Chopin, the benchmark of Romanticism, and Lutosławski and Penderecki, the 20th-century music innovators. Szymanowski was born in the Ukrainian territory, which at the time was part of Poland, and studied in Warsaw. The Fourth Symphony belongs to Szymanowski’s last creative period, at which time the composer drew inspiration from the national Polish music, was fascinated by the primeval rhythmic energy and natural melodics of ethnic music of the Tatra region. The composer dedicated the symphony with piano to the legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein.

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