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Nicholas Milton and Edgaras Montvidas

Nicholas Milton and Edgaras Montvidas

2018 November 14, Wednesday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
(artistic director Sergej Krylov)
Nicholas Milton and Edgaras Montvidas

JOSEPH HAYDN – Symphony No. 22 in E flat major (The Philosopher / “Der Philosoph”), Hob. I:22
GUSTAV MAHLER – Symphony No. 10 (Unfinished), Adagio
GERALD FINZI – Romance for strings in E flat major, Op. 11
BENJAMIN BRITTEN – Les Illuminations (“The Illuminations”), Op. 18

Australian conductor Nicholas Milton has collaborated with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra in the past. He has dubbed the LCO a true gem of Lithuanian music culture. Milton graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Michigan State University and Juilliard School where he studied violin, conducting, music theory and Eastern philosophy. A winner of a number of competitions he is also a recipient of different American and Australian awards. Milton is regularly invited to conduct leading German, Austrian, Swiss, English, Hungarian, French, Spanish, Dutch and Asian orchestras.

Another guest tonight is the venerable tenor Edgaras Montvidas. London resident, he appears in major European and American opera houses, festivals and concert halls including Convent Garden in London, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Komische Oper in Berlin, English National and Scottish opera houses, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Oslo, Geneva, Dresden, Leipzig, Lyon, Bordeaux and Santa Fe (USA) opera houses, as well as Glyndebourne and Aix-en-Provence festivals. Montvidas regularly visits Lithuania: collaborates with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Vilnius City Opera, has given recitals in Pažaislis and Vilnius festivals. The soloist is a recipient of the Golden Cross of the Stage, the Lithuanian Order of Merit medal among other insignias.

Montvidas will appear in Benjamin Britten’s cycle Les Illuminations (The Illuminations) written to the lyrics of French poet Arthur Rimbaud, the originator of Decadent and Symbolism Movement, and representative of the damned poets. His cycle The Illuminations is prose poems, saturated with surrealist visions. At ease with the idiosyncrasies of French language and the nuances of complicated text, Britten displays subtle approach to word painting.

Composed in 1764, Haydn’s Symphony No. 22 in E flat major (Der Philosoph / The Philosopher) is described as a music work, which amalgamated stylistic features of late baroque and early classicism. Mahler’s Tenth Symphony is often dubbed ‘the great unfinished’. It was planned to be in five movements, however, when the composer died on May 18, 1911, the symphony was left in sketches with only first movement Adagio completed. Composer Gerald Finzi (Romance for strings) has formed his own musical language by following in the 19th – 20th c. English music tradition embodied in music of Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Finzi was regarded as one of the most original British composers. 

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