In this pilot episode we discover the works of New York-based Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė which revolve around the subject of beauty which she calls both a guiding principle and an aesthetic measure for sonic quality. Her recent CD release Saudade of her orchestral works gained critical acclaim with reviews in The New York Times, Gramophone, BBC Music and Stereophile magazines. In 2020 she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and granted the prestigious government award for her creative achievements. In the 2021–2022 season, The New York Philharmonic will be presenting her work. She shares her experiences living a musical life in New York and Lithuania while sharing captivating moments of her methods and inner world.
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė: Ephemeral from the album In Search of Lost Beauty (Starkland, 2019), FortVio: Indrė Baikštytė (piano), Ingrida Rupaitė–Petrikienė (violin), Povilas Jacunskas (cello); Horizons from the album Saudade (Ondine, 2021), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor – Giedrė Šlekytė; Blue from the album In Search of Lost Beauty (2019); III. Darkness of Light from Chiaroscuro Trilogy from the album Saudade (2021), Gabrielius Alekna (piano), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, conductor – Giedrė Šlekytė; Saudade from the album Saudade (2021), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor – Giedrė Šlekytė; Millefleur from the album Saudade (2021).