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17 November 2021 Vilnius (Lithuania)
7th Vilnius Piano Festival: Prelude to the Festival. To mark Guoda Gedvilaitė’s 30th Creative Anniversary
Guoda Gedvilaité, piano with Čiurlionis Quartet - Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall
Program Info: Guoda Gedvilaitė, one of the most prominent Lithuanian pianists, has been giving concerts for 30 years. For her anniversary performances in Lithuania, she has designed an autobiographical programme, which she describes as follows: “The programme features Beethoven’s Bagatelles from my study years in Vilnius, a symbolic Farewell sonata via which I visit the years when I said goodbye to my home and went to study in Frankfurt – the sonata projects sadness, and the joy of return and meeting again. I am very happy with this year’s birthday present: composer Loreta Narvilaitė wrote a work for me Sound Speaks into Silence. The opus is written in the key of G (my name initial) and opens with the folk song Anoj pusėj Nemuno (On the Other Side of Nemunas River). According to the composer, although I grew up on the bank of Nemunas river, in her mind I live “on the other side”.
The pianist has, of course, included Clara Schumann’s opuses in her autobiographical programme – in recent years Gedvilaitė has been ardently fostering the legacy of this talented and modern personality of the 19th century: organises Clara Shuman Salon, in which she performs solo, and also teams up with friends and colleagues.
The programme will also reflect the pianist’s another fascination – her own arrangements of works by various well-known Lithuanian and foreign composers. The highlight of the concert – Piano quintet in C major by Nikolai Medtner, an extremely rarely programmed composer active in the beginning of the 20th century and dubbed music hermit. In this opus, Gedvilaitė collaborates with the Čiurlionis Quartet. Occupying a special place in Medtner’s oeuvre, this opus combines the uniqueness of inspiration and an extraordinary mastery of composition. It is a synthesis of the composer’s entire life, a work he worked on for many years. It was published only after the composer’s death.
Ludwig Van Beethoven – 7 Bagatelles, Op. 33; Piano Sonata No. 26, Op. 81a (Les Adieux) Clara Schumann – Scherzo,Op. 14; Impromptu Souvenir De Vienne, Op. 9 Loreta Narvilaitė – Sound Speaks Into Silence(Premiere, Dedicated To Guoda Gedvilaitė, 2020) Astor Piazzolla–Guoda Gedvilaitė – Oblivion; Fuga Y Misterio, composed in 1984 for the movie Henry IV (Enrico IV) by the Italian director Marco Bellocchio Francis Poulenc–Guoda Gedvilaitė – Waltz Les Chemins De L’amour (The Pathways Of Love) Maria Schneider–Guoda Gedvilaitė – Hang Gliding Juozas Naujalis–Guoda Gedvilaitė – Lietuva Brangi (Lithuania, Dear) Nikolai Medtner – Piano Quintet In C Major, Op. Posth