Modestas, Lukas and Orchestra
RAMINTA ŠERKŠNYTĖ – De Profundis for string orchestra
SERGEI RACHMANINOV – Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6 in F major Pastoral, Op. 68
The month of January usually marks the beginning of a new year, a new path. While in the life of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society it takes an effect of the midpoint, which promises both new experiences in 2020 and continuation of the 79th concert season. In the first concert of the 2020 the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Modestas Pitrėnas collaborate with pianist Lukas Geniušas, of whom The Guardian wrote: “He plays with a prize winner’s brilliance, with a mature ability to recreate a work’s architecture, and an expressiveness that doesn’t overtly draw attention to itself.”
Tonight’s programme embraces the works from Viennese classics to contemporary composers. The concert opens with De profundis for string orchestra by contemporary Lithuanian composer Raminta Šerkšnytė. Gidon Kremer dubbed the opus the hallmark of the music of Baltic States. “This music packed with dramatic gestures and contrasts represents a young person’s worldview (the opus was the bachelor’s degree final composition), when one practices a very maximalist approach to the world, where euphoria easily swaps the disappointment. Both in art and life one seeks singular and transcendental experiences, believes in the art’s sacral power. Thus, I have chosen such a title, from the depths, even so the work has nothing to do with the historical tradition of De profundis”, says the composer. The concert programme also features Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, known as Pastoral. Its philosophical profoundness was inspired by the harmonious co-existence of a man and nature. The audience will also be offered a reading of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. The work marked the composer’s recovery from extremely gloomy period in his life: the concerto was enthusiastically received, and Rachmaninov came back to composing – wrote songs, pieces for piano, worked on several operas simultaneously, conducted; his solo performances were winning plaudits from the audiences.