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Pulse of Minimalism

Pulse of Minimalism

2020 October 17, Saturday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
NICO musicians (NEW IDEAS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, artistic director and conductor Gediminas Gelgotas)
Soloists: DAVID NEBEL (violin, Switzerland), ROMAN PATKOLO (double bass, Slovakia)
Pulse of Minimalism

„Bach Cello Suites Recomposed“ (2018)
Soloist ROMAN PATKOLÓ (double bass, Slovakia)

PHILIP GLASS (g. 1937)
„Epilogue“ (1997)

„Applemania“ (2020)
DAVID NEBEL (violin, Switzerland)

„Cadenza“ (2018)
DAVID NEBEL (violin, Switzerland)
ROMAN PATKOLÓ (double bass, Slovakia)

„Higher Energy“ (2013)
DAVID NEBEL (violin, Switzerland)
ROMAN PATKOLÓ (double bass, Slovakia)

„Lock Me In Your Light (Saint Luke)“ (2020, premiere)

„Sanctifaction“ (2014) from Symphony No. 1 „Extracultural“
DAVID NEBEL (violin, Switzerland)
ROMAN PATKOLÓ (double bass, Slovakia)

In the concert Pulse of Minimalism, Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas leads musicians of the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra as well as the guests of the evening – Slovak double bassist Roman Patkoló and Swiss violinist David Nebel. According to its initiator G. Gelgotas, the concert programme is full of many connections, stage and creative friendships and premieres.

Double bass virtuoso Roman Patkoló is visiting and performing in Lithuania for the first time. The child prodigy grew up in a family of musicians. He began playing the double bass at the age of 13 and won laurels in prestigious competitions two years later. He regularly collaborates with performers such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Daniil Trifonov and the most famous European orchestras. Patkoló’s solo and chamber music performances take place in prestigious concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in New York, and the Berlin Philharmonic. He also is invited to perform at well-known classical music festivals such as Verbier, Lucerne, Yehudi Menuhin and others. In 2018, Patkoló won the Instrumentalist of the Year award at the “Opus Klassik” International Classical Music Awards.

Creative friendship between Patkoló and G. Gelgotas started in 2018, when the double bass player agreed to record a version of the opus Sanctifaction composed especially for him by the Lithuanian composer. Since then, the musicians have made a number of collaborative recordings, presented by the “Gramophone” and “The Strad” portals. The Bavarian Radio station “BR-Klassik” mounted a special program about the duo.

Swiss violinist David Nebel fascinates audiences around the world with his virtuosity and profound musical matureness. The winner of prestigious international competitions plays Antonio Stradivari violin made in 1707. This year, the “Sony Music” record company released Nebel’s debut CD, in which the violinist, together with conductor Kristjan Järvi and the London Symphony Orchestra, plays the Violin Concerto by Philip Glass, the famous minimalist. Tonightthe violinist presents Glass’ music in addition to G. Gelgotas’ works.

2018 saw the beginning of creative friendship between Nebel and G. Gelgotas. That year, Nebel made his debut at the renowned “Kissinger Sommer” festival, where he performed G. Gelgotas’ First Violin Concerto. According to the violinist, G. Gelgotas’ opus was like a part of himself, “this is the first time I have been so actively involved in the creative process. It’s powerful, physical music where I feel not only natural power, but also amazing mysticism.”

The premiere of Bach Recomposed: Cello Suites, written by British cellist and composer Peter Gregson in 2018, is the highlight of this programme. This composition is performed for the first time on a double bass with the support of a string orchestra (the original work was scored for cello sextet. However, on G. Gelgotas’ request the composer produced a new version for this concert). It offers a new look at J. S. Bach’s six suites for cello. Due to unexpected harmonies and subtle re-composition, J. S. Bach’s well known melodies acquire new colours.

Creative partnership between Gregson and G. Gelgotas started at the “Midsummer Vilnius” festival a couple of years ago, when G. Gelgotas conducted Gregson’s Sequence (Four) performed by violinist Mari Samuelsen, NICO and the composer himself.

Tonight’s programme also features minimalist Epilogue for solo violin by Glass and Applemania for violin, a fun composition by Aleksey Igudesman, a Russian-German violinist, composer, conductor, actor and comedian (he often puts on musical comedies with pianist Hyung-ki Joo).

The concert will also focus on the work of Gediminas Gelgotas, the initiator of this program featuring his highly rated Cadenza, Transitory, Higher Energy and Sanctifaction as well as a new work.

G. Gelgotas is a Lithuanian minimalist composer of the younger generation. His works have been performed by internationally acclaimed musicians Kristjan Järvi, Mari Samuelsen, Lidia Baich, David Nebel, Mikhail Simonyan, David Geringas, Vytautas Sondeckis, Sergey Nakariakov, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Roman Patkoló, Justina Gringytė and others. The composer’s music has been featured in prestigious concert halls including Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Tonhalle in Zurich, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow; as well as at the “Beethovenfest”, Schleswig-Holstein, “Young Euro Classics”, Usedom, “Kissinger Sommer”, etc. festivals. G. Gelgotas’ works were also presented to an international audience, they were broadcast on Mezzo TV, as well as Classic FM, BBC, Radio France, WQXR, BR-Klassik and other radio stations.

This year G. Gelgotas’ music was praised after the concert of his works held at the prestigious St. Petersburg Philharmonic. “It is obvious that G. Gelgotas thinks not only as a composer, but also as a stage director. Sophistication, skills, and at the same time simplicity, taste, joy. In terms of expression, devotion to minimalism and his energy, G. Gelgotas’ music seems to be reminiscent of Alfred Schnittke’s work, while being absolutely original, in which the vector of movement is the joy of life. Gediminas’ personality is depth, freedom, mobility, courage and, most importantly, openness. Gediminas complements the sound of instruments with his own voice – it is an organic unity, both archaic and modern! He feels just as comfortable in any musical space, from baroque to extremely “sharp” rhythms of the third millennium”, wrote musicologist N. Rogozhina in her concert review on the cultural website

This concert presents a new composition by G. Gelgotas. The composer worked on it in the last six months, when life of musicians around the world was shaken by a COVID pandemic. G. Gelgotas presents his premiere in tandem with the NICO, which he founded in 2006. The Orchestra has been performing for the fifteenth season, having nurtured numbers of connoisseurs all over Europe, as well as in Asia and the United States.

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