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Mindaugas Bačkus (cello), Daumantas Kirilauskas (piano), Valentinas Masalskis (actor)

Mindaugas Bačkus (cello), Daumantas Kirilauskas (piano), Valentinas Masalskis (actor)

2008 January 15, Tuesday, 18.00
Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas, Other location
Programme
Mindaugas Bačkus (cello), Daumantas Kirilauskas (piano), Valentinas Masalskis (actor)

Performers:

MINDAUGAS BAČKUS (cello)

DAUMANTAS KIRILAUSKAS (piano)

VALENTINAS MASALSKIS (narrator)

Programme:

FRANZ LISZT – La lugubre gondola for cello and piano, S.134

ADAM MICKIEWICZ – excerpt from Dziady

FRANZ LISZT – Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth for cello and piano, S. 382; Zweite Elegie for cello and piano, S.131 (dedicated to Lina Ramann)

ROBERT SCHUMANN – Fantasiestücke for cello and piano, Op. 73

FRANK BRIDGE – Sonata for cello and piano

According to the cellist Mindaugas Bačkus, “Music by the two renowned romanticists, pianists and friends, Franz Liszt and Charles-Valentin Alkan, is often associated with transcendental virtuosity. But the mournful and elegiac character of their late works reflects their shared ideals, which lie in light expression and poetic vision of instrumental music. Chamber music in the work of both composers makes an exceptional domain, where spiritual and experimental tendencies take their source from rich literary, musical and religious culture.”

Dziady was Adam Mickiewicz’s most favoured work, which he wrote for ten years with interruptions and left unfinished. “And so there it is this gigantic mosaic, attesting to the poet’s titanic wrestle with earth and heavens – a mosaic that carries the imprints of history, romantic ideology, unrequited love and ideas of free nations. In short, the imprints of life.” (Justinas Marcinkevičius)

 
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