Portrait of the Orchestra

2021 May 15, Saturday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Vilnius
Performers
Oboe: TOMAS BIELIAUSKAS, VIKTOR PALEJ
Clarinet: ANTANAS TALOČKA, VYTAUTAS GIEDRAITIS
Bassoon: JULIUS KLIMAVIČIUS, MARTYNAS MAŽEIKA
French horn: ANDRIUS DIRMAUSKAS, EGIDIJUS STANELIS, ARVYDAS VALATKEVIČIUS, ZIGMAS AUGAITIS, MINDAUGAS GECEVIČIUS
Trumpet: DOVAS PETRAS LIETUVNINKAS, LAURYNAS LAPĖ, POVILAS STONKUS, DARIUS MIŠEIKIS
Trombone: RIMANTAS VALANČIUS, MARIUS BALČYTIS, ALBINAS GRAŽULIS, VALENTAS MAROZAS
Tube: SERGIJUS KIRSENKA
Percussion: ANDRIUS REKAŠIUS, VLADISLAV ŠEIBAKAS
Violin: DALIA DĖDINSKAITĖ-PYŠNIAK, RASA VOSYLIŪTĖ, AGNĖ ŠVAGŽDYTĖ, LAURA SAVICKĖ, RAMUNĖ GRAKAUSKAITĖ, KRISTINA MOROZOVA, DALIA TAMOŠIŪNIENĖ, INGA ALEKSIENĖ
Viola: DOVILĖ JUOZAPAITIENĖ, VITALIJA RAŠKEVIČIŪTĖ-GELGOTĖ, MONIKA KIKNADZE, VIDAS VEKEROTAS
Cello: EDMUNDAS KULIKAUSKAS, ONUTĖ ŠVABAUSKAITĖ
Double bass: DAINIUS RUDVALIS, AUGUSTINAS TREZNICKAS
Programme
Portrait of the Orchestra

 

 

 

 

ANTON BRUCKNER (1824–1896)
Motet Christus Factus Est, WAB 11 (1884; arranged for brass by Randall Malmstrom)

            Performed by the LNSO wind ensemble:
            RIMANTAS VALANČIUS (trombone)
            MARIUS BALČYTIS (trombone)
            ALBINAS GRAŽULIS (trombone)
            VALENTAS MAROZAS (bass trombone)
            SERGIJUS KIRSENKA (tube)

FELIX MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809–1847)
Mvt. I Allegro moderato ma con fuoco from Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 (1825)

           Performed by the LNSO string octet:
           DALIA DĖDINSKAITĖ-PYŠNIAK (violin)
           LAURA SAVICKĖ (violin)
           KRISTINA MOROZOVA (violin)
           DALIA TAMOŠIŪNIENĖ (violin)
           DOVILĖ JUOZAPAITIENĖ (viola)
           VIDAS VEKEROTAS (viola)
           EDMUNDAS KULIKAUSKAS (cello)
           DAINIUS RUDVALIS (double bass)

MAX BRUCH (1838–1920)
Mvt. II Adagio and mvt. III Allegro molto from Octet for Strings in B flat major, Op. posth. (1920)

Performed by the LNSO string octet:
            RASA VOSYLIŪTĖ (violin)
            AGNĖ ŠVAGŽDYTĖ (violin)
            RAMUNĖ GRAKAUSKAITĖ (violin)
            INGA ALEKSIENĖ (violin)
            VITALIJA RAŠKEVIČIŪTĖ-GELGOTĖ (viola)
            MONIKA KIKNADZE (viola)
            ONUTĖ ŠVABAUSKAITĖ (cello)
            AUGUSTINAS TREZNICKAS (double bass)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Mvt. III Adagio, mvt. IV Menuetto and mvt. V Allegro from the Serenade for Winds No. 11
in E flat major, K. 375 (1781)

        Performed by the LNSO wind ensemble:
        TOMAS BIELIAUSKAS (oboe)
        VIKTOR PALEJ (oboe)
        ANTANAS TALOČKA (clarinet)
        VYTAUTAS GIEDRAITIS (clarinet)
        JULIUS KLIMAVIČIUS (bassoon)
        MARTYNAS MAŽEIKA (bassoon)
        EGIDIJUS STANELIS (French horn)
        MINDAUGAS GECEVIČIUS (French horn)

FAUSTAS LATĖNAS (1956–2020)
The Jerusalem of Lithuania (Jewish Quadrille), music to Grigorijus Kanovičius’ drama Smile Upon Us, Lord! (1994; arranged by Borisas Traubas)

          Performed by the ensemble of the LNSO musicians:
          DOVAS PETRAS LIETUVNINKAS (trumpet)
          LAURYNAS LAPĖ (trumpet)
          POVILAS STONKUS (trumpet)
          DARIUS MIŠEIKIS (trumpet)
          ANDRIUS DIRMAUSKAS (French horn)
          EGIDIJUS STANELIS (French horn)
          ARVYDAS VALATKEVIČIUS (French horn)
          ZIGMAS AUGAITIS (French horn)
          RIMANTAS VALANČIUS (trombone)
          MARIUS BALČYTIS (trombone)
          ALBINAS GRAŽULIS (trombone)
          VALENTAS MAROZAS (bass trombone)
          SERGIJUS KIRSENKA (tube)
          ANDRIUS REKAŠIUS (percussion)
          VLADISLAV ŠEIBAKAS (percussion)

“Let’s get acquainted with the orchestra from close up” is the concert’s motto, which has been cherished by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) for a number of years. It resulted in annual concerts that have different titles – Orchestra Zoomed In, Portrait of the Orchestra or The LNSO’s Musicians. These concerts enjoy admiration of the audience, while a whole group of talented members of the Orchestra – string players, wind instrumentalists, percussionists – have the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery by performing intriguing, rarely programmed scores as soloists with the orchestra or in chamber ensembles.

This Saturday, the LNSO’s musicians appear on the Grand Stage of the Philharmonic as chamber musicians. Next to excerpts from Mozart’s playful, classical Serenade for Winds and the gem of romantic choral music – Bruckner’s motet Christus Factus Est arranged for brass, the concert programme features two works presenting the LNSO’s strings.

It would seem quite common to write music for a string quartet, but works for a larger chamber ensemble was not an option for every composer, as it almost equalled a symphony (for example, it seems that the famous Viennese classicist Beethoven in his Septet, Op. 20 was getting ready for his First Symphony, whereas Schubert, while writing his Octet, honed his skill in anticipation of his Great Symphony in C major). In today’s concert, the LNSO’s musicians perform two octets (ensembles for eight musicians ) by German romanticists. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy composed his Octet for Strings at the age of just sixteen. He gave the piece to his friend and violin teacher Eduard Rietz as a birthday present. Slightly revised, the Octet was first publicly performed in 1836 in the Gewandhaus Hall in Leipzig. Critics praise the youthfulness, eloquence, brilliance of this work and often dub it “one of the music wonders of the 19th century”. By the way, Octet was immediately followed by the evergreen favourite overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1826).

Octet for Strings turned out to be Bruch’s last work, written in the year of his death, in 1920, and published only in 1996. The work is also known under the title Concerto for String Orchestra (Octet). Bruch dedicated the Octet to his close friend Willy Hess, a professor at the Royal Manchester College of Music.

The concert closes with The Lithuanian Jerusalem, an opus resembling the musical Requiem, written by Lithuanian composer Faustas Latėnas, who passed away at the end of last year. It is incidental music for Grigorijus Kanovičius’ drama Smile Upon Us, Lord!. In 1994, a group of Lithuanian artists led by director R. Tuminas staged the performance after the drama at the Small Theatre of Vilnius  (by the way, the same team of creators mounted it at the Vakhtangov Theatre twenty years later). The music accompanying the performance features a lyrical theme that is associated with the anthem of the Vilnius Ghetto. However, the idea of ​​the plot covers much more, and remains relevant in all periods and in all situations, because, as Irena Aleksaitė wrote in her review after the premiere in 1994: “Is G. Kanovičius’ drama Smile Upon Us, Lord and R. Tuminas’ play only about the Jews? Rather, it is about Man and his kismet, about Parents who always crave for more love from their Children, about Children who are eternal debtors to their Parents, about the Homeland – near and far, and about Man’s continuous journey to Eternity.”

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