The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and Kaunas State Choir present a stunning programme with young talented conductor Martynas Stakionis on a podium. Since graduation from the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art, Stakionis has been enjoying the chaperoning of Mirga Gražinytė, our conductor-celebrity. He was an assistant to Gražinytė in two opera productions at the Salzburg State Theatre. In addition, the young maestro premiered three productions at the Hamburg Chamber Opera, led the Kremerata Baltica, appeared in Paris, Tallinn, Prague and other music centres in Europe as well as stood on the podium at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall many times. Since 2015, Stakionis has studied with prof. Ulrich Windfuhr at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. Since 2017, he has served as an assistant to the Music Director of the Hamburg Chamber Opera.
In addition to Brahms and Schumann’s challenging scores the programme features Brahms’ majestic opuses for choir and orchestra. The common denominator in both compositions is contemplation of a fate of an individual and humanity. In his music Brahms avoided a program element and highly praised the aesthetic of pure music. However, he based his Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates) on the image of Parcae, the Roman goddesses of destiny, and employed text from Goethe’s drama Iphigenie auf Tauris (Iphigenia in Tauris). Brahms’ lush score projects the goddesses’ damnation of mankind. Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), an opus composed after Friedrich Hölderlin’s poem,is considered to be one of Brahms’ enthralling works for choir and orchestra after Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem). The lucid and melodiously lyrical music reflects on earthly and godly dimensions: the spiritual blindness of mankind, the imperfection of the mortals, and the themes of destiny, beauty and eternity.