It was oboist Andrius Puskunigis who proposed the idea to devise this programme to the artistic director of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Mindaugas Bačkus. “I consider each concert as a challenge for myself. Usually, I have but a few such very personal and artistically demanding appearances during a year, so I put a great deal of effort and try to show the best of me. It is so exciting to share this emotion with the orchestra and the audience, which I hope will be captured in the recording,” revealed the talented Lithuanian performer who has been based in France for more than two decades now. His concert and teaching engagements are mostly located in France and Germany, while occasional projects in his native country are always like a whiff of fresh air when compared to his daily routines at home.
Together with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Puskunigis prepares a new concert programme of works by Georg Friedrich Händel, which he is going to record for the Dutch label Brilliant Classics. “I try to include oboe d’amore, Italian for ‘oboe of love,’ in each of my recordings. Händel did not write anything for this instrument, but I have compiled a concerto in three movements, consisting of re-arranged operatic arias. The soft and tranquil, melancholic and countertenor-like tone of the oboe d’amore is so beguiling – truly, it is an instrument of my heart,” says Puskunigis. “Perhaps everything that we do is because of our aesthetic, artistic experience; we try to reveal the beauty of this ‘cultivated’ music to our pupils, audiences, fellow musicians, and ultimately – to ourselves.”
In this concert the Baroque garlands of Händel’s music for oboe, harpsichord (Celine Scibetta-Puskunigis) and strings will get entwined with contemporary works for string orchestra by Alfred Schnittke and Krzysztof Penderecki.