This programme presented by the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra was named after the new piece by Justė Janulytė. It was composed in response to a commission from the Thomas Mann Festival and premiered by the Orchestra under the baton of Latvian conductor Normunds Šnē in the middle of July in Nida. “Even before I set to work on this piece I knew that it should be scored for harpsichord and strings. While the wind harp instantly raised parallels with Nida and the seaside, I didn’t know if there was any such instrument in the Curonian Spit. All the same I think it would sound great in such a wind battered region. My work is a metaphorical representation of a wind harp,” said the composer who was awarded the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize for musical embodiment of visual metaphors.
The solo harpsichord part in Janulytė’s Wind Harp is entrusted to Sergejus Okruško, while the artistic director of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, cellist Mindaugas Bačkus, performs solo in David Lang’s world to come, concerto for cello and chamber orchestra. David Lang is one of America’s most renowned and performed living composers, a philosopher in music, reflecting on fragility and power of being in his numerous works.
Distinguished for elegant musicianship and subtle musical taste, Normunds Šnē is loyal to his orchestra Sinfonietta Riga and thus can be rarely seen appear as a guest conductor with other orchestras. This concert is one of such rare occasions, for which he also chose to perform a piece by his compatriot Janis Ivanovs and pulsing Shaker Loops by American minimalist John Adams.
Jānis Ivanovs – Sinfonietta for string orchestra
David Lang – Concerto (world to come) for cello and chamber orchestra
Justė Janulytė – Windharfe for harpsichord and strings
John Adams – Shaker Loops for string orchestra