Opening of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra’s 60th season

2020 September 26, Saturday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
Soloist LUKAS GENIUŠAS (piano; Russia, Lithuania)
Opening of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra’s 60th season

JOSEPH HAYDN – Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 11 in D major, Hob. XVIII:11
FRANZ SCHUBERT – String quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 Der Tod und das Mädchen (Death and the Maiden, string orchestra version by Gustav Mahler)

The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra opens its 60th season together with pianist Lukas Geniušas and a young generation conductor Giedrė Šlekytė, who is already well known to Lithuanian listeners.

“The Baltic States keep surprising us with exceptional and bright artistic personalities!” – this is how G. Šlekytė is presented in the foreign press. After graduating from the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art, she studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria), the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig (Germany), and the Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland).

G. Šlekytė has chosen a career as a freelance conductor and successfully combines operatic and symphonic conducting. As a guest conductor she has collaborated with the Berlin Konzerthaus, Dresden Sächsiche Staatskapelle, the French Radio Philharmonic, Linz Bruckner, Bologna City Theatre, Frankfurt and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic symphony orchestras, conducted in Zurich, Leipzig and Antwerp opera theatres, Salzburg Festival and elsewhere.

“He plays with a prizewinner’s brilliance, yet with a mature ability to recreate a work’s architecture, and an expressiveness that doesn’t overtly draw attention to itself”, the British daily The Guardian wrote about L. Geniušas, the winner of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. The pianist’s recent concert seasons have been full of creative activities: recitals in Tokyo and Macau (China), concerts at La Roque d’Anthéron and Verbier festivals, The Frick Collection in New York and the Schloss-Elmau Festival in Bavaria. At the beginning of this year, on January 19, L. Geniušas performed Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the LNSO at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, and this time we will hear an opus of a completely different style – Haydn’s Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 11. Haydn had conceived it as a work not only for harpsichord but also for a new instrument of the period, the piano, and wrote it in 1780–1783. Featuring a graceful and transparent classical manner, the concerto is the complete opposite of Haydn’s gallant style of early works and is today considered to be his most popular and most frequently performed opus for piano and orchestra.

The second half of the concert will feature Franz Schubert’s String quartet No. 14, often referred to as the composer’s musical testament – he composed it after recovering from a serious illness, distressed by financial deprivation, exhausted spiritually. The title Death and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen) derives from the musical quote (in the quartet’s second movement) of the namesake song, which Schubert wrote in 1817 after a poem by Matthias Claudius. Tonight, the audience will be presented with Gustav Mahler’s version for string orchestra. Compared to the original, Mahler’s texture is denser, more massive. In dramatic episodes and climaxes the string ensemble sounds like a huge orchestra.

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