“Reflections on Water” offers a unique opportunity to listen to some less known chamber music, which is rarely performed in Lithuania. “We have opted for works of extraordinary beauty and sublimity, the ones that are able to reach the farthest depths of one’s soul, to move and amaze. That’s what late romanticism, which thrived in Europe at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, is all about. Our choice of composers and their works was quite deliberate: music seems to flow seamlessly from one piece to the other, reflecting the spirit of the time. This music contains the seeds of symphonic thinking, too,” assert singer Rita Novikaitė and pianist Šviesė Čepliauskaitė whom we should credit for devising this programme.
“The starting point was Edward Elgar’s song cycle, Sea Pictures. Then we went one step further and adopted the theme of sea and water as the binding idea for our whole programme. The aquatic imagery also prevails in the pieces for solo piano, which include restless Waves by Lithuanian contemporary composer Zita Bružaitė and three colourful piano pieces by Claude Debussy – “Les collines d’Anacapri” from the first book of Préludes, “Reflets dans l’eau” from Images and L’isle joyeuse. These make a perfect match to the passionate songs by Ottorino Respighi and a subtle song by Lithuanian composer Vytautas Kairiūkštis, Baltoj viršūnėj kopų (At the white top of dunes), set to the poem by Judita Vaičiūnaitė.
We hope our programme will reveal a picture rich in sonic imagery and tone painting effects, which would reflect the breadth, the depth and the infinite reaches of flowing water, time and life,” the performers comment.