Curtsy to BeethovenTo mark the 250th birth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven
In response to the decisions of the Vilnius City Municipality and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the world, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society is cancelling concert.
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Philip Glass, Valentyn Sylvestrov
With this concert musician-sisters violinist Rasa Vosyliūtė and pianist Eglė Vosyliūtė celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary. “We wanted to show the significance of this musical genius and the classicist for the 21st century community – everything that he has created makes a lot of sense, and we learn from Beethoven all the time. In this programme we combine his music with pieces written in the same classical form but expressing innovative ideas. There is a lot of talk about generational differences these days, but people are still the same ... We chose two Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano – one from the early period (Nr. 1 D-major) and the last one No. 10 – its extraordinarily deep content surpasses Beethoven’s time.
Ukrainian composer Valentyn Silvestrov is a minimalist, silent dreamer, who makes familiar music sound completely new. Written in 1990, sonata Post scriptum raises the questions – is it a reality, or a dream, real or fake, after all – post scriptum to what? Philip Glass’ Sonata for violin and piano (2008), that we long searched for, is classically shaped and dramatic – just like Beethoven’s character!”, the musicians say.
R. Vosyliūtė is the winner of the H. Eller International Violin Competition in Tallinn; she has appeared with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian, St. Christopher, Klaipėda and Tallinn chamber orchestras; the violinist has performed in London, Brussels, Washington, Paris and various concert venues in Vilnius. The violinist is the second concertmaster of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. E. Vosyliūtė has performed with various ensembles and soloists, participated in music festivals in Tallinn, Salzburg, Rostock and made recordings for the Lithuanian Radio.