Sounds of China for Strings and the Erhu Virtuoso Guo Gan
YE GUOHUI – „Chasing the spring“
XIAOGANG YE – „The Silence of Mount Mishan“
LIN XIPENG – „Three Folk Style Sketches“: 1) Love Song; 2) Fugue; 3) Duet in the Field
Erhu solo improvisations
RAMŪNAS MOTIEKAITIS – Cinema for chamber orchestra (2019, premiere, commission of the Vilnius Festival)
HAI HUAI HUANG – „La course du cheval“
The cultural exchange between Lithuania and China has grown richer and stronger. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra has appeared in China several times earning wide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. This Vilnius Festival introduces the LCO’s guest – Guo Gan, an ehru virtuoso. Born in Shenyang, China, and now based in Paris, France, Gan has performed at Carnegie Hall with Lang Lang, one of the most celebrated Chinese pianists, as well as jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, composer and pianist Yvan Cassar, pianist and improviser Jean-François Zygel, jazz pianist Helen Sung and jazz musician Nguyên Lê. In 2016, Gan was recognised as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.
The ehru is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a Southern Fiddle, and sometimes known in the western world as the Chinese violin or a Chinese two-stringed fiddle. Used by various ethnic groups in China, this soft-voiced and subtle instrument can also be head as a solo instrument, in small ensembles and large orchestras. Due to its versatility, the ehru is used in both traditional and contemporary music arrangements, such as in Chinese pop, rock and jazz.
This year the Vilnius Festival commissioned composer Ramūnas Motiekaitis to write an opus for chamber orchestra. The composer named it Cinema and commented: ”It is too beautiful to be true. Therefore, cinema. Could there be something more true than cinema?”
In addition to Silence of Mt. Minshan by Ye Xiaogang, China’s foremost composer and the Head of the Chinese Composers’ Union, the programme also includes works by tonight’s soloist Guo Gan.