Music for Chamber Orchestra is the latest CD of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (artistic director Sergej Krylov). The new release is a document of a remarkable content – presents works by the foremost Lithuanian composers who have greatly influenced evolution of the Lithuanian music. In the 1960-70s while still behind the soviet “iron curtain” Bronius Kutavičius, the herald of modernism in Lithuanian music, kindled not only musical but also cultural (and even political) awakening. After Lithuania regained its independence in 1990, Osvaldas Balakauskas, as a symbol of western modernism, became the leading authority in modern Lithuanian music. Being a vigilant observer of social spiritual life Algirdas Martinaitis resourcefully employs in his music various stylistic gestures, invites the music from the past and present with which he feels spiritual affinity, rethinks and comments on his own cultural identity. In addition to the works featured on this CD, tonight’s concert programme also presents an opus by Jurgis Juozapaitis, who is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year. Premiered at the Gaida Contemporary Music Festival in 2015, his Concerto for viola and string orchestra Viola vs Violence is a symbol of a modern world. Viola – an instrument and flower – is a human being struggling for his existence at any cost and no matter where – in steppe, desert or the vastness of the ocean.
Works featured on the CD and on stage tonight are conducted by Adrija Čepaitė, a Lithuanian conductor of younger generation pursuing a manifold creative career. After graduating from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, she continued her education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria). Gregorian chant and early music occupy a special place in her artistic activities. She is a co-founder of Graces & Voices Ensemble (formed in 2011) with which she regularly performs in Europe. The Ensemble’s CD was named the best early music recording of the year by Pizzicato magazine and was nominated for International Classical Music Award (2013). As a conductor Čepaitė collaborates with orchestras in Lithuania and other European countries.