Piazzolla: Aconcagua / Levickis, Pitrėnas, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Mikroorkéstra
The accordion is an instrument that is deeply rooted in Lithuanian folk music. Today, the accordion is also recognized as a versatile instrument of classical music, a change in perception that has largely been promoted by Martynas Levickis, one of the most internationally sought-after musicians in his field. With its lightness and melancholy, Astor Piazzolla’s music has fascinated the young accordionist from an early age, and so it goes without saying that he is dedicating himself to this exceptional composer in his anniversary year. Together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra he recorded "Aconcagua" live in concert. For conductor Modestas Pitrenas, Piazzolla's concerto - named posthumously after the highest mountain in the Americas - "conveys the climb to the roof of the earth in all its facets and symbolism: freedom, longing, loneliness, pain, transfiguration, peace." Levickis has a long and close collaboration with the chamber orchestra "Mikroórkestra". Together they present their interpretation of "Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas," Piazzolla's timeless masterpieces of many styles that capture in music the four seasons in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires.
This CD combines two worlds, that of the accordion rooted in Lithuanian folk music and that of the Argentine Astor Piazzolla. And the fusion of cultures has succeeded, as evidenced by the interpretations with the most prominent Lithuanian accordionist, Martynas Levickis.
The accordionist plays Aconcagua with a spontaneous, pulsating rhythmic sensibility that sometimes sounds improvisatory and provides a lot of tension in the vital outer movements. The slow movement is given real depth and a very personal statement of the communication between Piazzolla and the soloist.
Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas translates well to a chamber orchestra. On the one hand, Levickis plays rhythmically concise, but on the other hand, the sensual is not neglected. A very great interpretation!
Catalog Number: ACC30552
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Conductor: Modestas Pitrenas, Modestas Pitrėnas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Mikroorkéstra
Performer: Martynas Levickis