Martinaitis - Seasons and Serenades: Works for String Orchestra | Ondine ODE13982

Martinaitis - Seasons and Serenades: Works for String Orchestra

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE13982

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 7th January 2022

Contents

Artists

Ruta Lipinaitye (violin)
Asta Kriksciunaite (soprano)
Daumantas Slipkus (harpsichord, piano)
St Christopher Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Modestas Barkauskas

Works

Martinaitis, Algirdas

Artizarra
Birds of Eden
Chant de la Lointaine
Serenade for Mistress Europe
Three M'art Comedy Seasons
Valse triste

Artists

Ruta Lipinaitye (violin)
Asta Kriksciunaite (soprano)
Daumantas Slipkus (harpsichord, piano)
St Christopher Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Modestas Barkauskas

About

This album presents works for string orchestra by Lithuanian composer Algirdas Martinaitis (b. 1950) from his early breakthrough work Birds of Eden (1981) to a recent Valse triste (2020), giving a very broad vision of this composer. This programme is performed by Lithuanian musicians of the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Modestas Barkauskas and featuring violinist Rūta Lipinaitytė and soprano Asta Krikščiūnaitė.

For keen fans of music within the Baltic states, Algirdas Martinaitis is quite known for his works dancing between a serene beauty and sincerity before collapsing into an almost sarcastic nihilism, a style which he describes as ‘new animality’. Within this style, much like Henryk Górecki’s ‘circus pieces’, sarcasm, irony, and subversion of expectations become central to the music making. His early chamber works, including Birds of Eden, demonstrated his unique voice and saw him grouped with the neo-romantic movement within Lithuania. However, never wanting to be predictable or stuck in an idiom, he later shifted to a newer style.

The Three M’art Comedy Seasons for solo violin and strings make numerous musical references, not least to the famous Four Seasons of Vivaldi. Artizarra for string orchestra and harpsichord has an energised and bouncy nature which is comparable to J.S. Bach’s concerti for multiple harpsichords or the latter movement of Górecki’s concerto for the instrument. The album also includes two recent songs to lyrics by Oscar (Vladislas de Lubicz) Milosz (1877–1939), the famous Lithuanian French-language poet.

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