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. The concert is rescheduled for December 9th.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, Sonata No 28 in A major, Op. 101
PHILIP GLASS, Etude No. 6
SAMUEL BARBER, Excursions, Op. 20
MAURICE RAVEL, Daphnis et Chloé (Daphnis and Chloé) Suite No 2 (two-piano arrangement by Vyacheslav Gryaznov); La Valse (the composer’s version for two pianos)
Two prominent pianists tonight appear as both soloists and piano duo: Petras Geniušas, a celebrated Lithuanian musician, professor of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and Royal Scottish Academy, recipient of the National Prize, and his former student, Romanian virtuoso Daniel Ciobanu. He has won a silver medal and audience prize at the prestigious Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, played in Carnegie Hall in New York, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, toured in Japan, China, Taiwan, South Africa and Brazil. “Daniel Ciobanu is the most famous of my former students,” says Geniušas. “We have already played together at a festival he organises in his hometown in Romania. This time we want to do something technically demanding, so we chose Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from the music for the ballet Daphnis et Chloé arranged for piano duo. We have both played Ravel’s popular Waltz solo and now we will perform it as a duo,” Geniušas says before a similar concert in Klaipėda Concert Hall. For his solo part of the programme, the professor chose intriguing works by American composers: the foremost contemporary minimalist Philip Glass and Samuel Barber, active at the second half of the 20th c. Geniušas will also pay tribute to Beethoven on the occasion of the composer’s 250th birth anniversary, celebrated worldwide this year. The pianist will perform Piano Sonata No 28 in A major, Op. 101– a sophisticated late period opus in which Beethoven ascends to new heights of refinement and ingenuity, using much more complex forms and polyphonic textures. The composer even suggested that the title be “Difficult to execute Sonata in A major”.