Modestas Pitrėnas and Narek Hakhnazaryan
ALFREDO CASELLA – Divertimento for orchestra Paganiniana, Op. 65
IGOR STRAVINSKY – Suite from the ballet Firebird
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK – Concerto for cello and orchestra in B minor, Op. 104
The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and its artistic director Modestas Pitrėnas close their 78th concert season with a memorable concert in which the Lithuanians collaborate with Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, the gold medallist at the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition (2011). Former scholarship student of Rostropovich Charity and Support Foundation, the cellist has already appeared in prestigious halls like Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., collaborated with London, Chicago and other symphony orchestras under the direction of V. Gergiev, T. Koopman, etc. Tonight Hakhnazaryan performs Antonín Dvořák’s Concerto for cello and orchestra in B minor. It is a challenging three-movement composition charged with utmost emotion spanning from love elegy and lacrimosa tension to menacing march, from the composer’s idiosyncratic style and Czech folklore to the hints of the New World culture (the opus was written in New York where at the time Dvořák served as a rector at the National Conservatoire).
In addition, the LNSO offers two symphonic works: Italian composer Alfred Casella’s cheerful Divertimento (a musical tribute to Paganini) and Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s Suite, an assortment of excerpts from his ballet based on Russian folktale.