1. Martinaitis: Seasons and Serenades: Works for String Orchestra / Krikšciunaite, Slipkus, Lipinaityte, Barkauskas, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra - ArkivMusic

Martinaitis: Works for String Orchestra / Barkauskas, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra

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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...

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 program is performed by Lithuanian musicians of the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Modestas Barkauskas and featuring violinist Rūta Lipinaitytė and soprano Asta Krikšciunaite. 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 makes numerous musical references, not least to the famous Four Seasons of Vivaldi. Artizarra for string orchestra and harpsichord has an energized 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 two recent songs to lyrics by Oscar (Vladislas de Lubicz) Milosz (1877–1939), the famous Lithuanian French-language poet.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: January 07, 2022


  • UPC: 0761195139820


  • Catalog Number: ODE 1398-2


  • Label: Ondine


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: 20th Century


  • Composer: Algirdas Martinaitis


  • Conductor: Modestas Barkauskas


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra


  • Performer: Ruta Lipinaityte, Asta Kriksiunaite, Modestas Barkauskas



Works:


  1. The Three M'art Comedy Seasons

    Composer: Algirdas Martinaitis

    Ensemble: St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Rūta Lipinaitytė

    Conductor: Modestas Barkauskas


  2. Artizarra

    Composer: Algirdas Martinaitis

    Ensemble: St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Daumantas Slipkus

    Conductor: Modestas Barkauskas


  3. Serenada panelei Europai (Serenade for Mistress Europe)

    Composer: Algirdas Martinaitis

    Ensemble: St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Modestas Barkauskas


  4. Rojaus paukščiai (Birds of Eden)

    Composer: Algirdas Martinaitis

    Ensemble: St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Modestas Barkauskas


  5. Valse Triste

    Composer: Algirdas Martinaitis

    Ensemble: St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Asta Krikščiūnaitė

    Conductor: Modestas Barkauskas


  6. Chant de la Lointaine

    Composer: Algirdas Matinaitis

    Ensemble: St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Asta Krikščiūnaitė, Daumantas Slipkus

    Conductor: Modestas Barkauskas