“Turangalîla – a hymn to love”

2018 January 31 Past event
1 h 10 min
18.00 - 24.00 €

Start of the Event 6.30 PM

Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius

Soloists: Alexander Paley (piano, USA), Bruno Perrault (Ondes Martenot, France)

Programme: Olivier Messiaen, Turangalîla-Symphonie

Just before celebrating its 29th anniversary the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, under the artistic leadership and the baton of its founder and chief conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius, will treat the audience in Klaipėda to an outstanding orchestral masterpiece of the twentieth century – Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony. Written in ten movements, which usually run around 80 minutes in length, this remarkable work affords a religious dimension to the theme of human love. It is a hymn to irresistible and all-embracing love that is fatally intertwined with death – it showcases stepping over the boundaries of body and mind, merging with the endless universe. Messiaen derived the title from two Sanskrit words, turanga and lîla, which roughly translate as a “passage of time, movement and rhythm” and “play,” possibly referring to the acts of divine creation, play of life and death. Thus, according to the composer, Turangalîla is a “love song and hymn of joy, time, movement, rhythm, life, and death.”

The piano part in this magnificent symphony will be entrusted to virtuoso pianist Alexander Paley. Currently sharing his time between Paris and New York, this Moldovan-born pianist has more than once expressed his fondness for our country. He is also one of the long-term companions of Gintaras Rinkevičius and the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. He will be joined by another pianist – Bruno Perrault – who will perform solo part on a unique instrument, the ondes Martenot. This early electronic instrument sounds almost exotic nowadays and is rarely used in concerts. It will be brought especially for this occasion from France.