Leonid Desyatnikov and Franz Schubert
LEONID DESYATNIKOV – Wie der alte Leiermann (“As an Old Organ-Grinder”) for violin and strings
FRANZ SCHUBERT – Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485
LEONID DESYATNIKOV – Russian seasons for violin, voice and strings
The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and its guests dedicate tonight’s concert to Leonid Desyatnikov and Franz Schubert. The programme was conceived by violinist Roman Mints after the aforementioned musicians recorded CD of Desyatnikov’s works. One of today’s most popular composers jests about his style: ‘an emancipation of consonance’, ‘transformation of banality’ or ‘minimalism with a human face’. ‘Tragically naughty bagatelle’ is his favourite genre. Inspired by Gidon Kremer, he wrote Wie der alte Leiermann (As an Old Organ-Grinder) version for violin and orchestra. According to the composer, it is a commentary to Schubert’s Der Leiermann. Later on Russian Seasons for voice, violin and strings was also composed for Kremer and Kremerata Baltica orchestra. Based on Russian folklore, the opus consists on 12 movements called songs that allude to 12 months and rites, traditions and customs identified with them.
Tonight’s programme features two works associated with Schubert not by accident – on November 19 the world’s musical community marks his 190th death anniversary. In 1816, the nineteen-year-old composer wrote over hundred songs, over fifty works for choir, orchestra and various chamber ensembles including Symphony No 5 in B flat major – his most important work composed that year. In contrast with the dramatic Symphony No 4 (Tragic), its lucidity and lightness reverberates with opuses of Haydn and Mozart.
Violinist Mints is an ardent enthusiast of contemporary music. He has premiered a number of works. Born in Moscow, the violinist studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Soprano Yana Ivanilova was tutored by renowned soloists Valentina Levko, Nina Dorliak and Ingeborg Wamser. Ivanilova has appeared as a soloist at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, the Moscow New Opera Municipal Theatre, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Westminster Cathedral in London, Millennium Theatre in New York and Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto among others. Conductor Philipp Chizhevsky is currently the conductor of the State Symphony Capella of Russia, also collaborates with the Tokyo New City Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Brandenburgische Staatsorchester, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Russian National Orchestra, Musica Viva Chamber and other orchestras.