The music of Estonian composer Peeter Vähi is described as quite eclectic. The composer likes to combine different styles and genres, using classical and traditional instruments of different nations. The talent of Lithuanian birbynė player Vytautas Kiminius and Prussian culture inspired the composer to write a Concerto for birbynė and chamber orchestra. According to Vähi: “History is ruthless – countries, nations and languages that once played an important role are vanishing from the face of the world. Such a fate befell the Prussians and their language. I was inspired by archaic Prussian song Mīla swāiksta Saulīka, Mīla Dēiwas dukrīka (Dear Bright Sun, Dear Daughter of God), it was like a starting point.” The composer develops this song throughout the work, and as a counterweight to the pagan sound he uses motifs of oriental music. An ancient gong and a cow’s bell enrich the Concerto with different sonorities and interesting timbral colours. This colourful opus showcasing elements of Prussian music was commissioned by the Vilnius Festival and the Estonian Ministry of Culture. Birbynė player Vytautas Kiminius, percussionist Pavel Giunter and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Adrija Čepaitė offer its world premiere.
ORCHESTRA: LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: VILNIUS CITY MUNICIPAL CHOIR “JAUNA MUZIKA”
CONDUCTOR: ADRIJA ČEPAITĖ
SOLOIST: VYTAUTAS KIMINIUS (birbynė)
PAVEL GIUNTER (percussion)