Balysys - Violin Concerto no.1, Dramatic Frescoes, Reflections of the Sea | Ondine ODE13582

Balysys - Violin Concerto no.1, Dramatic Frescoes, Reflections of the Sea

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE13582

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 2nd April 2021

Contents

Artists

Dzeraldas Bidva (violin)
Indre Baikstyte (piano)
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Modestas Pitrenas

Works

Balsys, Eduardas

Dramatic Frescoes
Reflections of the Sea: Poem for string orchestra
Violin Concerto no.1

Artists

Dzeraldas Bidva (violin)
Indre Baikstyte (piano)
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Modestas Pitrenas

About

This new album introduces to international audience the music of Eduardas Balsys (1919–1984), a key figure in Lithuania’s music from the 1950s until his death in 1984. This album release by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Modestas Pitrėnas includes three works from this award-winning composer, including his early breakthrough work, Violin Concerto no.1, alongside two other orchestral scores. In these works, Balsys reveals himself as a master of rich, colourful orchestral scores.

Balsys underwent a considerable evolution of style from his early compositions written in classical form, to his late expressionistic and dodecaphonic works. Violin Concerto no.1, written after completing his studies at the Leningrad Conservatory, was the zenith of his first creative period. Balsys seems to have taken the first step towards a new style. On the other hand, it is still a traditional work not far from the world of the violin concertos of Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian. Dramatic Frescoes for violin, piano and symphony orchestra (1965) marked the beginning of the composer’s final creative period. This one-movement symphonic work merges the features of several genres: instrumental concerto, poem and symphony. Reflections of the Sea (1981), scored for string orchestra, is one of the composer’s final orchestral works. The work is saturated with expressive moods and sharp contrasts enabled by using a technique of dividing instrumental segments into smaller subsections.

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