“Quiet Night Music of the Streets of Madrid” is a programme prepared by the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra and developed by the orchestra’s Artistic Director, Mindaugas Bačkus, in collaboration with its frequent guest conductor and soloist Andres Mustonen. A renowned specialist of early music performance and longtime artistic director of the Hortus Musicus ensemble, a charistmatic violin virtuoso and conductor, over the past few years Andres Mustonen has frequently returned to Klaipėda to prepare new programmes with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. His deep knowledge of music from across the epochs and genres enables him to put forward his individual, sometimes quite idiosyncratic interpretations of the standard repertoire. This programme likewise embraces a very broad panorama of music from the best of German Baroque in the person of Bach and Italian Classicism in the famous work by Luigi Boccherini to contemporary composers, Georgian Giya Kancheli and Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov.
The programme was named after the pieces by Boccherini and Silvestrov. Boccherini’s realistic sound world will transport us to the nocturnal streets of Madrid, while our thoughts will whirl in pace with Kancheli’s dramatic Valse Boston. Kancheli’s music is closely connected with his homeland of Georgia without actually quoting Georgian folklore. His sound world has something incredibly natural about it, while his musical structures are focused on emotional aspects such as intensification and tension, excitement and calm. These qualities are also present in Valse Boston (1996), a single movement work for piano and strings. The solo piano part will be performed by Mikhail Rudy. According to Bačkus, “we have the pleasure of welcoming this legendary pianist in Klaipėda for the first time. We keep expanding our list of stage partners and wish to present the best of world’s classical music culture in Klaipėda.” Born in Uzbekistan and educated at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Rudy has been living in France since the 1970s. Alongside a career of a concert pianist, he has performed jazz and improvised music, taken part in theatrical shows and written a book. Rudy is also a respected television broadcaster and is active in experimental video-filming and writing.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Giya Kancheli, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Boccherini