Lithuanian Soundscape



Rytis Mažulis. Twittering Machine
Twittering machine / Ex una voce / Clavier of Pure Reason / Hanon virtualis
Computer-controlled mechanical piano
Megadisc Classics, MDC 7809, 2005

Twittering Machine, on the other hand, necessarily evokes the player-piano works of Ligeti and Nancarrow. The titular composition is one of Mažulis's earliest works in this vein, having been composed between 1984-86, and seems to have been 'futurist' in conception, intended to celebrate the urban and the industrial. In the piece Clavier of Pure Reason, we are invited to listen to a 'computer-age super-pianist playing with 48 hands'. The recentest work on this disc, Hanon Virtualis, is the most uncompromising: almost twenty minutes of incessantly percussive music.
Giornale Nuovo (artrift.blog-city.com)




El Cello. Mindaugas Bačkus
Carl Vine Inner World / Gintaras Sodeika Al-Samoud / Algirdas Martinaitis Birds of Eden / Vytautas V. Jurgutis Terra tecta / Algirdas Martinaitis Prayer of the Faithful Word / Giedrius Puskunigis Strindberg's Dream
Mindaugas Bačkus (cello: 1-6), Gintaras Sodeika (theremin: 2), Arkady Gotesman (percussion: 2), Sigitas Geda (voice: 5), Asta Krikščiūnaitė (soprano: 6), Giedrius Puskunigis (piano: 6)
Domus artis, 2005




Osvaldas Balakauskas. Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Juozas Domarkas (cond.)
Naxos, 8.557605, 2005




Nomeda Valančiūtė. Nymphaeum
Narcissus / Fragment from the Hospital Park / Nymphaeum / Marthamaria / The Garden / The Message
Dainius Sverdiolas (harpsichord: 1), Linas Paulauskis (piano: 1), Chordos Quartet (2), David Geringas & GeriCelli (cellos: 3), Robertas Šervenikas (cond.: 3), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (4-5), Vytautas Lukočius (cond.: 4-6), Balys Vaitkus (organ: 5), Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (6)
Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre, LMIPCCD 033, 2006




Zigmas Virkšas. Chamber Works
Incantations of the Night / The Last Autumn Divertimento / Horizon / From Silence and Love / Serenades / Dorian Poem / Aquarius
Birute Vainiūnaitė (piano: 1), Irena Maknavičienė & R. Urbšienė (piano duo: 2), Algirdas Doveika (clarinet: 3), A. Stelionytė (violin: 3, 4), Vitalija Raškevičiūtė (viola: 3, 4), S. Gedžiūtė (cello: 3, 4), T. Romaškina (piano: 3, 7), Žygimantas Čmeliauskas (conductor: 3), Nida Grigalavičiūtė (soprano: 4), Valentinas Gelgotas (flute: 4), Romualdas Staškus (oboe: 4), Gediminas Kviklys (piano: 4), Živilė Survilaitė (organ: 4, 6), Nora Novik & Rafik Kharadjanyan (piano duo: 5), Ave Musica Chamber Orchestra, Iminas Kučinskas (cond.: 5)
Klaipėda Section of the Lithuanian Composers' Union, 2005

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