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Symphony of Fate. Beethoven interpreted by LNSO, M. Pitrėnas and M. Rubackytė

Symphony of Fate. Beethoven interpreted by LNSO, M. Pitrėnas and M. Rubackytė

Closing of the Vilnius Festival
2021 June 22, Tuesday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Vilnius
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Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

Concert moved from 19 December 2020 and 24 April 2021, the tickets remain valid

Programme
Symphony of Fate. Beethoven interpreted by LNSO, M. Pitrėnas and M. Rubackytė

ARVYDAS MALCYS – Message for symphony orchestra (premiere, 2021. Dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN – Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 5 in E flat major (Emperor), Op. 73; Symphony No. 5 in C minor (Fate), Op. 67


The programme of the closing concert of this year’s Vilnius Festival symbolically reminds that in 2020 the whole world celebrated the 250th birth anniversary of Viennese classicist Ludwig van Beethoven. Tonight’s programme offers two monumental musical peaks of this composer: his last piano concerto, entitled Emperor, and the Fifth Symphony, which has left a strong impression on almost everyone, and is often referred to as the Fate Symphony. The programme also features  Message, the symphonic opus by Lithuanian contemporary composer Arvydas Malcys.

“While composing this work, I always had the thought of the fateful circumstances of Beethoven’s life in my head. His personal life, character, actions were contradictory and unpredictable. Beethoven’s letter to brothers Carl and Johann, in which he responds to the brothers’ reproaches for his rudeness and stubbornness – “the brothers, you do not know the secret cause of my pain and despair – my progressing deafness” ... In this letter written in 1802, Ludwig mentioned suicide attempt due to increasing deafness. The letter was never sent, and was found among the composer’s documents after his death. This letter to his brothers will later be called the Heiligenstadt Testament.

The form of the work is akin to a spiralling metaphor epitomizing Beethoven’s suffering and greatness. In the musical fabric, several segments from Beethoven’s symphonies are interwoven”,  the composer Arvydas Malcys says about his new opus Message for symphony orchestra.

This evening, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Modestas Pitrėnas, collaborates with Maestra Mūza Rubackytė, a Lithuanian pianist who has gained probably the widest international recognition. “From Liszt’s 24 Etudes to the cycle Années de pèlerinage”, “From Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues to Čiurlionis’ works” – these descriptions only partially summarise the pianist’s extremely rich and varied repertoire. Not to mention many other activities of the musician!

As a versatile cultural figure, Rubackytė has played an important role in promulgation of Lithuania’s image. She serves as a jury member in major international competitions (Pretoria, Cleveland, Utrecht, Parma, F. Liszt in Weimar, B. Bartok in Budapest, etc.), teaches at world universities and conservatories, leads international master classes, is the founder and artistic director of the Vilnius Piano Music Festival.

The pianist has recorded more than 30 CDs released on Marco Polo, Naxos, Lyrinx, Ligia, Warner Classics, Opera Omnia, Brilliant Classics, Doron (the latter issued 6 CD series Great Lithuanian Live Recordings featuring concerti with the orchestra). The pianist returns to Lithuania regularly, performing as a soloist with orchestras or giving complex recitals.

The programme of the closing concert of this year’s Vilnius Festival symbolically reminds that in 2020 the whole world celebrated the 250th birth anniversary of this Viennese classicist.

This evening, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Modestas Pitrėnas, collaborates with Maestra Mūza Rubackytė, a Lithuanian pianist who has gained probably the widest international recognition. “From Liszt’s 24 Etudes to the cycle Années de pèlerinage”, “From Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues to Čiurlionis’ works” – these descriptions only partially summarise the pianist’s extremely rich and varied repertoire. Not to mention many other activities of the musician!

As a versatile cultural figure, Rubackytė has played an important role in promulgation of Lithuania’s image. She serves as a jury member in major international competitions (Pretoria, Cleveland, Utrecht, Parma, F. Liszt in Weimar, B. Bartok in Budapest, etc.), teaches at world universities and conservatories, leads international master classes, is the founder and artistic director of the Vilnius Piano Music Festival.

The pianist has recorded more than 30 CDs released on Marco Polo, Naxos, Lyrinx, Ligia, Warner Classics, Opera Omnia, Brilliant Classics, Doron (the latter issued 6 CD series Great Lithuanian Live Recordings featuring concerti with the orchestra). The pianist returns to Lithuania regularly, performing as a soloist with orchestras or giving complex recitals.

Tonight’s programme offers two monumental musical peaks of the Viennese classicist: his last piano concerto, entitled Emperor, and the Fifth Symphony, which has left a strong impression on almost everyone, and is often referred to as the Fate Symphony.

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